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OSPA Winners

Meet the Winners, Past and Present

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPAs) are awarded to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. Each year, Sections recruit judges to assess and score student oral, poster, and eLightning presentations at meetings. Typically the top 2-5% of presenters in each Section are awarded an OSPA.

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Current Winners

Presentation Title: Forecasting landslides: An Integrated Approach using Rainfall Thresholds and Realtime Field Monitoring at Darjeeling Himalayas

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Natural Hazards

Presentation Title: Observing Sea Salt Aerosol Size Distributions within the Surf-Zone of Tropical Coastlines using Novel 3-D Printed Instrumentation and Drones

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Forecasting Prescribed Fires Using Weather Forecasts, Satellite Data, and Machine Learning

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: The Influence of Clay Content on Dilation and Friction of Fault Gouges with Increasing Slip Velocity

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Mineral and Rock Physics

Presentation Title: Probing the magnetospheric substorm onset mechanism using pitch angle resolved GOES proton flux data

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Global Slab Dehydration Recorded in Arc Magmas

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Multi-Scale Observations of the Magnetopause Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves During Southward IMF

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Hard X-ray upper limits of the quiet Sun with new FOXSI observations

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Coastal Highstand Deposits Archive Late-Pleistocene Regional Sea-Level Variability Along the US Mid-Atlantic Coast

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Presentation Title: Classification of Solar Wind Discontinuities Using Supervised Machine Learning

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Space Science Informatics

Presentation Title: Cracking the Code: A Flipped, Virtual Approach to Teaching Python in an Undergraduate Setting

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Education

Presentation Title: Deep learning-enhanced ensemble-based data assimilation for high-dimensional nonlinear dynamical systems

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Nonlinear Geophysics

Presentation Title: Differential Impact of Chronic Exposure to PM2.5 Composition on Anemia Prevalence Amongst the Women of Reproductive Age in India

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: GeoHealth

Presentation Title: Paleomagnetic and Rock Magnetic Study to Determine the Emplacement Temperatures of the ~ 3580 BC Chachimbiro Pyroclastic Deposits, Ecuador

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism

Presentation Title: Model simulations of the climate impacts of volcanic eruptions in a future warming scenario

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Impacts of Heat Stress on Mortality in Three Indian Cities from Diverse Climate Zones

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: GeoHealth

Presentation Title: Controls on Bending-Related Faulting Offshore of the Alaska Peninsula

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Fires to Farms: How Wildfire Smoke Impacts Surface-Level Photosynthetically Active Radiation

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Global Environmental Change

Presentation Title: Meltwater Infiltration and Refreezing Beneath Ice Slabs in Northwest Greenland

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Survey Exploring Water Utility Approaches to Smart Technologies and Customer Complaint Management

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Science and Society

Presentation Title: Imaging the lateral extrusion of the South Caspian Basin with Sentinel-1 InSAR time-series

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geodesy

Presentation Title: To Crater, or Not to Crater: Tradeoffs Between Atmospheric Filtering and Projectile Characteristics

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Planetary Sciences

Presentation Title: Contrasting Regional Variability of Buried Meltwater Extent over Two Years across the Greenland Ice Sheet

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Detecting Earthquakes in Noisy Real-Time GNSS Data with Machine Learning

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: The origin of tree-ring reconstructed summer cooling in Northern Europe during the 18th century eruption of Laki

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Presentation Title: Unique interactions between viral genotype and mosquito population determine regional variability in the effect of increased temperature on vectorial capacity of Cx. pipiens for West Nile virus

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: GeoHealth

Presentation Title: Oakland Teachers Advancing Climate Action

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Education

Presentation Title: Interpreting seismic tomography: Controls of microstructure and pore pressure on the elastic wave speeds of a metapelite

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: East-dipping seismically anisotropic foliation above the Appalachian décollement inferred from azimuthally varying Ps receiver functions at SESAME stations in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont terranes: Implications for Alleghanian deformation patterns in the Appalachian Orogen, U.S.A.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Reconstruction of the three-dimensional structure and precipitating electrons of pulsating auroras by Aurora Computed Tomography

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Aeronomy

Presentation Title: Mass transport processes at the pore scale during hydrate formation

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Ocean Sciences

Presentation Title: Hikurangi offshore slip segmentation controlled by the distribution of subducting sediment

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Solid Particles on Volcano Acoustics

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: Low-Carbon Energy Transitions: A Systematic Approach to Quantifying Equity and Sustainability Trade-offs

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Global Environmental Change

Presentation Title: Examining residents’ perceptions and attitudes toward sources and messengers of Kīlauea’s 2018 eruption information

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Science and Society

Presentation Title: Can we break the limitations of Rayleigh criterion and Nyquist-Shannon theorem in Tidal Harmonic Analysis?

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geodesy

Presentation Title: The effect of carbon concentration on its core-mantle partitioning behavior in inner Solar System rocky bodies

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Mineral and Rock Physics

Presentation Title: Aircraft Observations of the Boundary Layer Structure in Hurricane Irene (2011)

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Comparison Between CERES/AQUA and POLDER/PARASOL Shortwave Fluxes, Effects of POLDER/PARASOL Diurnal Extrapolation.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Climate Sensitivity to Volcanic Aerosol Forcing

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Spatial Analyses of Shield Fields on Venus

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Planetary Sciences

Presentation Title: Minimizing Love wave overtone interference in phase velocity measurements via a targeted selection of earthquake sources

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: The Role of Fluid:Solid Ratio in Dictating the Diagenetic Pathway of Carbonate Metastable Sediments

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Presentation Title: Reducing Uncertainty in Upper Mantle Rheology and Rates of Glacial Isostatic Adjustment Using A Bayesian Inverse Framework to Calibrate Experimental Parameterisations of Anelasticity

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: The Bidahochi Basin hypothesis: Hopi Buttes volcanics and paleolake marks location of local, small-scale lithosphere foundering and asthenosphere upwelling beneath the Colorado Plateau

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Particulate Oxalate-to-Sulfate Ratio as an Aqueous Processing Marker: Consistency Across Field Campaigns and Limitations

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Stochastic Forcing and Sediment Supply Affect Sediment Yields in a Debris-Flow Catchment

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Presentation Title: Formation Mechanisms of Tropical Cirrus Clouds Inferred from CALIPSO

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Tidal constraints on the radial extension and static stability of Jupiter’s dilute core

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Planetary Sciences

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Presentation Title: Creating Open-Source Automated Data Cleaning and Flagging Procedures: Examples from the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover Datasets

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Space Science Informatics

Presentation Title: Importance of Spatial Patterns in Southern Hemisphere Stratospheric Changes due to Ozone Recovery and Increasing Greenhouse Gases

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: The influence of wave-current interactions on wave slope and momentum flux in an area of moderate ocean current variability

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Tracing Antarctic gravity wave energy from the stratosphere to the MLT using new techniques to analyze a decade of lidar measurements

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Aeronomy

Presentation Title: Nadir Observations of Discrete Aurora on Mars: Evidence for Regional Difference in Local Time Control

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Ab initio calculations of the H + HO2 Reaction and its KIE: Impact on H2O Loss from Mars

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Off-Rift Alkaline Magmatism around Mid-Ocean Ridges – A Case Study from Iceland

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: Granulites to granitoids: A multifaceted investigation into the origin of TTGs in the Kapuskasing Uplift, Canada

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: 3-D Thermo-Mechanical Numerical Approach to Propagating Rifts under Rotational Boundary Conditions

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: A New Hot Stage Microscopy Technique for Measuring Temperature-Dependent Viscosities of Small Samples with Applications to Farnesene Secondary Organic Aerosol

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Retrieval of perchlorate and other new aerosol species from mass spectra measured by Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometers (AMS) during previous aircraft missions around the globe

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Percolation of Surface Melt at Eclipse Icefield, Yukon, Canada

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Links Between Foreland Rheology and the Growth and Evolution of a Young Mountain Belt in New Guinea

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Long-term earthquake patterns at the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: Clumped methane isotopologue based temperatures reveal sources of methane in marine gas hydrates and associated vent gases

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Ocean Sciences

Presentation Title: Characterization of Tropical Cyclones via Seismic Recordings and Implications for Historic Inventories

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Ocean Sciences

Presentation Title: Relationships Between Lidar Aerosol Extinction and Backscatter Coefficients with CCN Number Concentrations in the Southeast Atlantic

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Environmental magnetism and citizen science in the service of air quality measurements.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism

Presentation Title: Quantifying the impact of sediment loading on relative sea-level change along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Presentation Title: Inferring crustal and uppermost mantle seismic anisotropy across Alaska with surface wave observations

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Mesoscale Predictability in Moist Mid-Latitude Cyclones Is Not Sensitive to the Slope of the Background Kinetic Energy Spectrum

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Role of Meteorological Factors in the Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: GeoHealth

Presentation Title: Monitoring velocity changes in Iceland with fibre-optic distributed acoustic sensing

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: LRO-LAMP Investigations of Cold Trapped Volatiles at the Lunar South Pole

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Planetary Sciences

Presentation Title: Employing advanced FRi3D CME model coupled with EUHFORIA in predictions of CME geo-effectiveness

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Evolution of Arctic continental shelves: modelling morphodynamic feedbacks to climate-driven increases in sea states

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Presentation Title: Proximal Markov Chain Monte Carlo: Towards Building a Sparse Earth Model

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: Paleomagnetic Constraints on the Multi-Stage India-Eurasia Collision.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism

Presentation Title: Mars Paleopole Locations From Crustal Magnetic Anomalies

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism

Presentation Title: Extreme Amounts of Lightning-generated Oxidants Produced in Thunderstorm Anvils

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric and Space Electricity

Presentation Title: Two Roads Diverged: Impacts of Climate Change and Economic Development Near Lake Baikal

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Global Environmental Change

Presentation Title: U–Pb Dates From Dynamically Recrystallized Titanite Directly Constrain Timing of Crystal-Plastic Deformation

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: Playing with fire: A genome-resolved view of the soil microbiome response to high severity forest wildfire

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Global Environmental Change

Presentation Title: A Theory for the Response of Tropical Moist Convection to Mechanical Orographic Forcing

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Tropical Pacific climate impacts of a collapsed Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Ocean Sciences

Presentation Title: Weird waves cause big trouble on small lands in the middle of the big blue wet thing

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Education

Presentation Title: On the Selection of a Maximum Temporal Baseline when using SBAS Techniques in the Presence of Aliasing and Seasonal Displacement Signals

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geodesy

Presentation Title: Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of Iron at Extreme Conditions Using Laser-Driven Ramp Compression

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: Automatic Detection of Seismic Signals Associated with Infrasound Airwaves in Broadband Seismic Records from Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: In-person and remote classroom virtual reality activities in geology and geophysics: Insights from a test case

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Education

Presentation Title: Quantification of Electric Fields in Lightning Using VHF-UHF Radio Spectra

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric and Space Electricity

Presentation Title: Untangling the Impacts of Climate, Lithology, and Time on Rock Cracking Rates and Morphology in Arid and Semi-arid Eastern California

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Presentation Title: Deciphering Laramide Stress States Across the Colorado Plateau

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Tectonophysics

Presentation Title: Numerical modelling of Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage systems with Dynamic Mesh Optimisation

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Global Environmental Change

Presentation Title: Evaluating the Effects of Tundra Fires on Soil Microtopography and Hydrologic Surface Networks in Polygonal Permafrost Landscapes

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Exploring the Feasibility of a Unified D-region Ionosphere Model

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric and Space Electricity

Presentation Title: Creation of a collaborative multi-organization undergraduate internship program at UC Santa Cruz

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Education

Presentation Title: Chlorine and Fluorine Abundances of Hydrous Minerals in Colorado Plateau Mantle Xenoliths: A Step Towards Quantifying the Mantle Halogen Budget

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: A seismo-acoustic investigation of a localized crater terrace collapse at Stromboli volcano

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: A smart-and-connected low-cost sensor system for measuring air and soil properties in the Central U.S.: first results

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Contrasting Flank Instability Behaviors and Volcanic Activity Styles at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geodesy

Presentation Title: Role of Urban-Like Topography on Firebrand Transport, Landing Distribution, and Spotting Risk

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Natural Hazards

Presentation Title: Understanding Patterns of the Pa/Th Proxy for AMOC Strength: a Model-data Comparison

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Presentation Title: How Accurately Can Warm Rain Realistically Be Retrieved with Satellite Sensors?

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Paleoclimate Reconstruction and Comparison to Modern Climates in Cape Espenberg Alaska

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Magnetic Reconnection During Varying Inflow Conditions

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Presentation Title: Volcanic earthquake catalog enhancement using integrated detection, matched-filtering, and relocation tools

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Presentation Title: InSAR and Optical Sensor Fusion for SWE Retrievals: A case study in the Jemez River Basin, NM

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Cryosphere

Presentation Title: Post-LGM Grounding Line Positions of the Drygalski Paleo-Ice Stream Trough Basin in the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Near Surface Geophysics

Presentation Title: Efficient Global-Scale Full-Waveform Inversion

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: Using Deep Moonquakes To Constrain Lunar Tectonic Stresses

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Planetary Sciences

Presentation Title: Solar wind signatures in the chromosphere

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Presentation Title: A Comparison Of Classic Deep Learning Architectures For Sea Ice Classification From SAR

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Space Science Informatics

Presentation Title: 3D Basin Depth Map for the San Gabriel, Chino, and San Bernardino Basins

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Seismology

Presentation Title: Leveraging a Depth-Averaged Model for Submarine Fans for Interpretation of Stratigraphic Architecture Imaged by High-Resolution Seismic Data

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Presentation Title: Global Variability of Density Contrasts Across the 660-km Discontinuity

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: Geophysical mapping of badger tunnels in levees

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Near Surface Geophysics

Presentation Title: Contrasting Seasonal Response of Northern Hemisphere Precipitation Extremes to Climate Change

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Assessing the interplay between deep subduction interface slow slip events and large local earthquakes at the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Geodesy

Presentation Title: The effects of deforestation on coincident El Nino and pIOD events.

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Ocean Sciences

Presentation Title: The Effect of Aerosol Loading on Shallow Convective Precipitation Inferred from Co-occurring Cloud and Precipitation within the Warm-topped Maritime Clouds Observed during CAMP2Ex

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: Realtime building monitoring for rapid response to earthquakes

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Near Surface Geophysics

Presentation Title: Prediction of host minerals for potassium and nitrogen in Earths’ deep mantle from first-principles calculations

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Mineral and Rock Physics

Presentation Title: Investigating the dynamics of ultra-high velocity zones above Earth’s core-mantle boundary

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: The Coupled Evolution of Earth’s Upper Mantle, Continental Crust, and Atmosphere from Noble Gas Isotopes

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Study of Earth's Deep Interior

Presentation Title: The influence of grain boundary serrations on grain boundary sliding in peridotite

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Mineral and Rock Physics

Presentation Title: Decadal Trends of OH in North American Cities

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Atmospheric Sciences

Presentation Title: QuakeFlow: A Scalable Deep-learning-based Earthquake Monitoring Workflow with Cloud Computing

Event: 2021 Fall Meeting

Section: Earth and Space Science Informatics