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Oceanography Department

Midshipmen Research Projects - Capstone

Capstone Day at USNA is Scheduled for 4 May, 2022!
For more information on Capstone Day, please visit the USNA Capstone Day Website. Oceanography Department presenters, research titles, and advisors listed below. These projects were made possible by the generous support from the Volgenau Family and other sponsors and collaborators.

2021

Presenter(s) Title Faculty Advisor(s)
MIDN 1/C Robert F. Lee
MIDN 1/C Samuel S. Cho
Acoustic Detection of Small Vessels in the Severn River Mr. Benjamin Hickman
MIDN 1/C Lakayla D. DeShields
MIDN 1/C Karina T. Martinez
MIDN 1/C Jessica M. Mogavero
MIDN 1/C William P. Ryan
Characterization of Mid-Winter Upper Chesapeake Bay Water Column Structure CDR Shawn Gallaher
Mr. Benjamin Hickman
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Ellie E. Lecker
MIDN 1/C Lilianna R. Perez
MIDN 1/C Erik B. Prudil
MIDN 1/C Harlie K. Stone
Determining Tidal Discharge on the Severn River CDR Shawn Gallaher
Mr. Benjamin Hickman
Instr. Brianna Tracy
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
MIDN 1/C Austin T. Pierce
MIDN 1/C Potter W. Seibels
Estimating Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) Using Readily Available Meteorological Data Instr. Alexander R. Davies
MIDN 1/C Addie C. Hamilton
MIDN 1/C Alex Vallencey-Martinson
MIND 1/C Maya A. White
Relic Oyster Reef Surveys in the Lower Severn River, Maryland CDR Shawn Gallaher
Intr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Ian P. Bramblett
MIDN 1/C Jaclyn Anne Y. Pabalan
MIDN 1/C Joseph Giannini
Spectral Characterization of Severn River and Upper Chesapeake Waves CDR Shawn Gallaher
Mr. Benjamin Hickman

2020

Presenter(s) Title Faculty Advisor(s)
MIDN 1/C Luke Cota
MIDN 1/C Samantha Fox
MIDN 1/C Madison Runge
Decadal-to-Annual Scale Trends in Regional Arctic Late-Summer Sea Ice Extent Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Daniel C. McDonald
MIDN 1/C Jordan J. Neal
Measurement of the Optical Properties of Severn River Surface Waters with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Pia Mackie
MIDN 1/C Brennan Means
MIDN 1/C Lauren Vernazza
Optimization of Chlorination/Dechlorination to Reduce or Control Biofouling in Shipboard Systems Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Candace Gordon
MIDN 1/C James K. Kirby
MIDN 1/C Conner Knowles
Optimization of Side Scan Sonar Images for the Identification of Bottom-Mounted Objects in Shallow Coastal Marine Waters Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Abby Ebersole
MIDN 1/C Caroline Kelly
MIND 1/C Meer Syamansoori
Sampling and Quantification of Microplastics and Other Synthetic Particles in the Severn River Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Brianna Tracy
MIDN 1/C Diego Caballero
MIDN 1/C James Swanson
Sub-seasonal Variability of Ocean Currents and Chlorophyll-a in the Bay of Bengal Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Prof. Bradford S. Barrett
Instr. Alexander R. Davies

2019

Presenter(s) Title Faculty Advisor(s)
MIDN 1/C Jackson Mitchell
MIDN 1/C Nicholar Frankfort
Antarctic Sea Ice and the Madden-Julian Oscillation Sponsored by the Volgenau Family (Gift Funds) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
MIDN 1/C Hope Balser
MIDN 1/C Yasmine Guzman
The Climate Record of Annapolis, Maryland Sponsored by the Volgenau Family (Gift Funds)
MIDN 1/C Lauren E. Greenberg
MIDN 1/C Allison R. Warnimont
Coastal Nuisance Flooding of the USNA Columbarium, College Creek, Annapolis, MD Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Kristy A. Lehmer
MIDN 1/C Matthew E. Spelich
Cross-Channel Assessment of Severn River Watershed Observatory Current and Water Quality Data Using Unmanned and Autonomous Platforms Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Paige L. Brigham
MIDN 1/C Lucia K. Donnelly
Measurement of Wintertime Primary Production in the Lower Severn River Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Shawn Kluchinsky
MIDN 1/C Andrea Juzyca
Microscale Weather Patterns at USNA Sponsored by the Volgenau Family (Gift Funds)
MIDN 1/C Erin Torrez Sea Level Rise on Kwajalein Islande Atoll (RMI) Sponsored by the Volgenau Family (Gift Funds) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
MIDN 1/C Jackson Mitchell
MIDN 1/C Nicholas Frankfort
Study of Mexican Migration Patterns and Population Sponsored by the Volgenau Family (Gift Funds)
MIDN 1/C Greg L. Gruseck
MIDN 1/C Darby J. Minton
Wintertime Wave Activity Along the U.S. Naval Academy Farragut Seawall Assoc. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez

2018

Presenter(s) Title Faculty Advisor(s)
MIDN 1/C Hannah Godfrey
MIDN 1/C Ashleigh Keister
The recent Cold Air Outbreak that occurred on the East Coast and the ENSO, MJO, and NAO influences Assoc. ProfBradford S. Barrett
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
MIDN 1/C Michael J. Cassano
MIDN 1/C Jenna Jones
MIDN 1/C Shae Timmons
Validation of a Four-Component Nutrient, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, and Detritus (NPZD) Model for the Mesohaline Chesapeake Bay Asst. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Casey Kramer
MIDN 1/C Andrew Ahn
The Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) and its influence on surface wave heights in the Pacific Ocean Assoc. Prof. Bradford S. Barrett
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
MIDN 1/C Garrett L. Barrios
MIDN 1/C Gage A. Butler
Assessment of Coastal Processes Affecting Beach Morphology at Sandy Point State Park, MD Asst. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
MIDN 1/C Brittany Burg
MIDN 1/C Chia-Lin Hu
Los Angeles: Surface Ozone and Meteorology Impacts Prof. Bradford S. Barrett
MIDN 1/C Benjamin R. McGrath
MIDN 1/C Paul H. Spalding
Comparison of Relative Water Levels at the U.S. Naval Academy and Annapolis City Dock in Response to Local Meteorological Forcing Conditions Asst. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Colin Hackbarth
MIDN 1/C Victoria Ramirez-Solis
Migration to the US from Mexico and relation to climate shock Prof. Bradford S. Barrett
MIDN 1/C Kellyanne M. Hurst
MIDN 1/C Emily G. Ranzau
Development of High-Resolution Sediment Grain Size and Non-Cohesive Sediment Erodibility Maps for the Lower Severn River Asst. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez
MIDN 1/C Patrick D. Francis
MIDN 1/C Jessie E. Sharp
Evaluation of Physiochemical Contours in the Lower Severn River Developed from Measurements by an EcoMapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Asst. Prof. Joseph P. Smith
Instr. Alexander R. Davies
Instr. Andrew G. Keppel
Mr. Luis M. Rodriguez

 

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