The STEAM Department is hosting STEAM Cafés once a month – a time for students to meet with female leaders in STEM fields and learn about their research or work. STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce students to STEM role models. Also, STEAM Cafés are a great way to invite community members into our building without impacting class schedules or curriculum.
This week's STEAM Cafe will be with Cheryl Greengrove, Associate Professor of Geoscience in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) and a founding faculty member of the Environmental Science Program at UW Tacoma. Ms. Greengrove is a physical oceanographer presently working with biological, chemical and geological oceanographers on studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound and estuarine processes in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Her favorite activity is taking her students in the field and involving them in hands-on research.
"Over the course of my career as a physical oceanographer, my research focus has moved from "blue water" studies of the advection and diffusion processes that govern circulation in the South Atlantic Ocean, to coastal circulation studies off areas such as northern California, to investigating various marine environmental issues in estuarine systems in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, I am part of two interdisciplinary teams of marine scientists: one studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound, and the other exploring the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic conditions in the fjords of Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds, British Columbia, Canada. My present areas of research also include local watershed studies and investigations into various science education pedagogical techniques particularly useful for hands-on, field-based activities in environmentally related courses.