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Eric Attias 
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Eric Attias 
Research Assistant Professor

Eric’s research focuses on dynamic Earth processes, particularly lithosphere-biosphere feedback interactions. His group at OCEEMlab specializes in marine electromagnetic (EM) imaging techniques, augmented by seismic and potential field methods and coupled with rock physics modeling. These techniques are analyzed jointly with other datasets, including sediment cores, bathymetric, oceanographic, and biogeochemical data.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Dynamics of melting ice sheets, methane, and oceanic carbon cycle

  • Slab rollback and toroidal/poloidal mantle flow role in intraplate volcanism   

  • Volcanic hot-spot plume convection dynamics

  • GeoH2 generation beneath ultraslow-spreading and subduction zones

  • Interplay between volcanic plumes, groundwater flux, and marine biodiversity

  • Quasi-periodic earthquake cycles of oceanic transform faults 

  • Onshore-offshore hydraulic functioning of submarine freshwater

  • Hydrothermal circulation and seafloor mineralization

  • Time-lapse monitoring of subsea CO2 storage sites

ACADEMICS

Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, UK
MRes., Geology & Geophysics, University of Southampton, UK
B.Sc., Oceanography (Magna Cum Laude), Ruppin College, IL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2023-current

Research Associate, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2022-2023 

Guest Investigator, Geology & Geophysics, WHOI,  2022-current

Research Associate III, Geology & Geophysics, WHOI, 2022

Research Affiliate Faculty, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Department of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Hawai‘i, 2020–2022   

Visiting Scientist, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Department of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Hawai‘i, 2018–2020

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Senior geophysicist, Japan. Seafloor minerals mapping using an AUV Plume Hunter sensor suite, Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc., 2022

Senior geophysicist, Norway. Seabed mineral exploration at mid-ocean ridge using an AUV-Self-Potential (SP) system, Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc., 2021
Senior geophysicist, Japan. Seafloor massive sulphide exploration using an AUV-SP system, Ocean Floor Geophysics  Inc., 2019

Scientific consultant, Japan. Gas hydrate 3-D marine CSEM experiment, Ocean Floor Geophysics  Inc., in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2017

Field geophysicist, Japan. Marine CSEM gas hydrate survey, Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc.,  in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2015

ROV Pilot/Tech, Mediterranean Sea,  Oceaneering International Inc., 2011-2012

Senior hydrographer, Tanzania. Hydrographic survey at Dar Es Salaam marine port,  EDT Offshore, 2008-2010 

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Dallas Sherman
Marine Tech & Scientist Associate 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Marine electromagnetic geophysics

  •  Stability and extent of submarine permafrost

  • Submarine freshwater mapping and quantification

  • Fluid flow in marine gas hydrate systems

ACADEMICS

Ph. D., Geophysics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2018
B.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2012

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences,
The University of Texas at Austin, 2022- 

Geophysicist, Frontier Geosciences Inc., North Vancouver, Canada, 2018-2022    

Consulting Geophysicist, Ocean Floor Geophysics, Japan, 2017
Staff Research Assistant, IGPP, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2018

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Tony Wass 
Senior Subsea Engineer

ACADEMICS

 Master’s Certificate in Project Management, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada 2014

 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 1990

 Diploma of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Camosun College, Victoria, BC, Canada 1988

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

- Senior Subsea Engineer & Offshore Project Manager, Ocean Floor Geophysics, Burnaby, BC
   Full-time employment, remote working, often on vessels 2015-2022
- Self-employed, on contract to OFG, Cellula Robotics, University of Victoria, CSSF/ROPOS,
   CanPac  2008-2015

Subsea Engineer / ROV Supervisor, Global Marine Systems, UK 2000-2008

- Building Services Design Engineer / Project Manager, DWT Engineering, Victoria, BC  1990-2000


ASSOCIATIONS

Tony is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).  

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Ema Linnea Parker
Ph.D. Student 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Slab rollback toroidal/poloidal mantle flow

  • Submarine freshwater lithosphere-biosphere dynamics 

  • Nodal and towed streamer marine CSEM  imaging 

  • Geophysical exploration using uncrewed underwater systems  

ACADEMICS

Ph.D. (in progress),  Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas in Austin, TX, Anticipated 2027 

M.S. Hydrographic Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program,  MS, 2023

B.S., Mathematics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2020
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Hydrography Graduate Assistantship, R/V Point Sur, Deep Sea Exploration Lab, MS, 2021-2023

Computational Biology Modeling, University of Utah Mathematics Department, UT, 2020

Undergraduate Researcher, Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, UT, 2016-2018

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Bailey L. Fluegel
Ph.D. student  

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Oceanic transform faults

  • Subsea fluid flow dynamics

  • Remote sensing of retreating glaciers in Antarctica

  • Ice retreat-driven isostatic rebound and continental uplift

  • Marine CSEM crustal imaging using a deep-towed receiver array

ACADEMICS

Ph.D.  (in progress), Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program, Cambridge, MA, Anticipated 2027   
B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2022

Affiliated with OCEEMlab, Bailey works on GOFAR's deep-towed CSEM receivers data
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Geophysics Research Assistant, R/V Thompson and R/V Langseth, WHOI, MA, 2022

Summer Student Fellow, ​WHOI, MA, 2021

Marine Geophysics Guest Student, WHOI, MA, 2021

Geophysics Intern, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL, 2020 

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Ming Zhang
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Ming Zhang
Postdoctoral Fellow

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Employing electromagnetic (EM) methods for solving complex geophysical problems associated with environmental geology

  • Develop a MATLAB-based Conjugate Gradient Algorithm for EM inverse modeling

  • Coding novel forward modeling methods for various EM data

  • Interpretation of subsurface resistivity structures using joint-inversion schemes

ACADEMICS

Ph.D., Geophysics, Jilin University
Visiting Ph.D., Geophysics, Memorial University of Newfoundland
B.S., Measurement and Control Technology and Instrumentation, Jilin University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor, Jilin University, China, 2024-

Postdoctoral fellow, Jilin University, China, 2021-2024

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