Zhangxian Ouyang

PROGRAM: Oceanography

Ocean Sciences Meeting

San Diego, California, United States
February 17, 2020

I attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting on 17-21 February 2020, in San Diego, California. The Ocean Sciences Meeting is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. More than 4,600 attendees from around the world presented and shared their research findings about the world’s oceans. During this five-day conference, I was able to attend different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of researches. Meanwhile, I seized this great opportunity to meet colleagues and old friends, as well as explore the beautiful city.

My PhD dissertation is focused on how the Arctic carbonate system and biogeochemistry dynamics respond to warming and accelerated sea-ice loss and relevant air-ice-sea physical environmental changes. At this meeting, I presented the results of my second chapter of my dissertation “Summertime evolution of net community production and CO2 flux in the western Arctic Ocean” to people with different background. I was encouraged that a lot of people I met at my poster showed great interests in my Arctic carbon cycle research and they provided a lot of constructive and thoughtful comments. Talking with other professionals in the related field was incredibly rewarding. One of the challenges I met in my study was to explain the biogeochemical process from a perspective of physical oceanography. Instead of reading the published articles, I have met and learnt directly from the author, who was working on the current circulation in my study area. That was a wonderful moment when your hypothesis was confirmed by an expert in this field.

I really appreciate the support of Graduate Student Travel Award. Attending the Ocean Sciences Meeting was unforgettable and beneficial experience for my PhD journey and my pursuit of a career in academia.

Connor Dacey

PROGRAM: Disaster Science & Management

American Meteorological Society

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 2020

Attending the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts was an extremely rewarding and exciting experience.  This year marked the 100th anniversary of the annual conference, and as such, there was much reason to celebrate.  The conference brought together over 5,500 meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, social scientists, researchers, emergency managers, students, and operational forecasters among others from around the world (the highest attendance ever recorded).  The days were long, but filled with immense learning!  To elaborate, there were numerous topics discussed throughout the conference ranging from space weather to tropical meteorology to emergency management policy and implementation.  There were also different student poster sessions towards the end of the days in which both undergraduate and graduate students were able to discuss their projects and research in a more formal setting.  I was able to attend these different oral and poster sessions and learn about a wide range of topics.  Since I am working on my Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management, I tended to learn towards attending those sessions and posters that focused more on the intersection of emergency management and meteorology.  My true interests lie in understanding how both the physical and social sciences can be more effectively intertwined in order to promote effective protective action decision-making during hazardous weather situations.  To my benefit, there were many others at the conference who also shared these same interests and presented on similar topics.  It was fascinating to learn more about this specific niche within the field of meteorology.   I am also grateful to have presented my dissertation research at one of these sessions.  To elaborate, I created and gave a 15-minute long PowerPoint presentation that focused on my dissertation titled The Perception of Storm Spotters as part of a Natural Hazards Integrated Warning System. It was an exciting opportunity to share preliminary results of my research with other scientists and researchers within this field.  I obtained a number of compliments from the audience on my presentation and was also given some research topics to think about in the future.  Overall, attending the AMS annual conference provided both a great learning experience and networking event that was instrumental to my growth as a graduate student and future emergency manager.