Rob Thieler

Rob Thieler to Speak at 36th Annual Osgood Memorial Lecture

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Director to present free, public lecture on March 1, at The College of Wooster.

03 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Rob Thieler, Center Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, will present " Changing Climate, Changing Coasts " at the 36th annual Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, March 1, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

Thieler received his B.A. from Dickinson College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He conducts marine geologic research on the geologic framework and evolution of the coastal zone. Thieler has conducted assessments of sea-level rise vulnerability for the U.S. and locations worldwide. He served as a lead author of a U.S. Global Change Research Program report on potential impacts of sea-level rise, and works with federal and state agencies to develop science and policy plans for addressing coastal change hazards. He also studies habitat use and availability for beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds and has developed the widely-used DSAS (Digital Shoreline Analysis System) software package for measuring coastal erosion and accretion. In addition, he has recently developed smartphone applications for coastal science.

The Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lectureship in Geology was established in 1981 and endowed by his three sons in memory of their father, a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well-known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to lecture and meet with students.

Thieler’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geology and the Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.