Curriculum Vitae

Dawn Jeannine Wright


Department of Geosciences

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5506

Research Interests

Geography - Geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; marine geography; geography of Cyberspace; metadata; geographic information science in higher education.

Marine Geology - Fissuring, faulting, hydrothermal, and magmatic processes at mid-ocean ridges; volcanic- tectonic cycles and hydrothermal circulation; processing and interpretation of high-resolution deep-sea video and photographic images.


1994 Ph.D., Geography and Marine Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1986 M.S., Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

1983 B.A., cum laude, Geology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL


2002-present Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

1999-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

1995-1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University

Jan 1995-Sept 1995 Post-doctoral Research Associate, NOAA-Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center

1990-1994 Graduate Student Researcher, Marine Science Institute and National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

1986-1989 Marine Laboratory Specialist, Logistics and Technical Support, Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University

1985-1986 Graduate Research Assistant, Science Operations, Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University

Honors And Awards

2004 Fulbright Grant to Ireland, Senior Specialists Program in Information Technology, University College Cork, Coastal and Marine Resources Centre.

2001 Excellence in Mentoring Award, OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

1999 Biography featured in Portraits of Great American Scientists, edited by 1988 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Leon M. Lederman, and Judith Scheppler of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, published by Prometheus Books.

1999 Woman of the Year in education; selected by Clarity Magazine, a Guideposts publication for women.

1999 Outstanding Professor Award, OSU University Honors College

1999 Invited presentation at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a prestigious, "wildly eclectic conference of remarkable thinkers and doers."

1998 Excellence in Mentoring Award, OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

1997 U.S. Fellow, RIDGE/Nordic Volcanological Institute Summer School on Active Processes at Mid-Ocean Ridges, Lake Myvatn, Iceland

1997 Listing in 20th edition of American Men & Women of Science (AMWS), a biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological and related sciences, R.R. Bowker Publisher

1996 U.S. Fellow, International Young Scholar's Summer Institute in Geographic Information, Berlin, Germany

1995 Faculty Early Career Development Award (formerly the Presidential Young Investigator Award), National Science Foundation

1995 UCSB Graduate Division Commencement Speaker Competition, Finalist

1993-1994 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, National Research Council

1990-1993 University of California President's Fellowship

1991 Environmental Systems Research Institute Student Assistantship

1987 Phi Kappa Phi

1983-1985 Texas A&M University Minority Merit Fellowship

1980-1984 American Geological Institute Scholarships & American Geophysical Union "Sea Scholar" Designations

1983 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention

1982 National Dean's List

1982 Wheaton College Alumni Association Senior Scholarship for "Outstanding Christian Character, Citizenship, Contribution to Campus Life and Grade Point Average"

1979 Robert H. Ogle Scholarship, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, for "Outstanding Proficiency in Athletics Combined with Excellence in Scholarship"

Publications in Refereed Journals

2004 Wright D.J., Coastal mapping and charting, Geospatial Solutions, 14(9): 20.

2004 Wepner, G., D.J. Wright, C.J. Merry, S.J. Anderson, and S.D. DeGloria. Remotely-acquired data and information in GIScience, in McMaster, R. and Usery, L. (eds.), A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press LLC, 351-364.

2004 Mayer, L., Barbor, K., Boudreau, P., Chance, T., Fletcher, C., Greening, H., Li, R., Mason, C., Metcalf, K., Snow-Cotter, S., and Wright, D., A Geospatial Framework for the Coastal Zone: National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting, Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 149 pp.

2004 Psuty, N.P., Steinberg, P., and Wright, D.J., Coastal and marine geography, in Gaile, G.L. and Willmott, C.J. (Eds.) Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century , New York: Oxford University Press, 314-325.

2004 Wright, D.J., Marine geography in support of "reefs at risk", in Warf, B., Janelle, D., and Hansen, K., (eds.), WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems, New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 325-330.

2003 Wright, D.J., O'Dea, E., Cushing, J.B., Cuny, J.E., a nd Toomey, D.R., Why Web GIS may not be enough: A case study with the Virtual Research Vessel, Marine Geodesy, 26(1-2), 73-86.

2003 Wright, D.J. Internet GIS at Oregon State University, in Peng, Z.R. and Tsou, M.H., Internet GIS: A Distributed Geospatial Information Service for Wired and Wireless Networks, New York: John Wiley and Sons, 198-199.

2003 Wright, D.J., Review of Geographic Information Systems in Oceanography and Fisheries by V.D. Valavanis, London: Taylor & Francis, 209 pp., ISBN 0-415-28463-5, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 17(6): 599-600.

2002 Wright, D.J., Haymon, R.M., White, S.M., and Macdonald, K.C., Crustal fissuring on the crest of the southern East Pacific Rise, 17° 15'-40'S, Journal of Geophysical Research, 10.1029/2001JB000544, 2002.

2002 Rub, M.W., D. Wright, and J. Jones, A novel landscape ecology approach for determining microhabitat correlations and faunal patchiness in extreme environments: Pilot study for the southern East Pacific Rise at 17-18° S, CBM-Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 43: 307-311.

2002 Wright, D.J. (ed.), Undersea with GIS, Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2002, 253 pp. plus companion CD-ROM.

2002 Wright, D.J., Introduction, in D.J. Wright (Ed.), Undersea with GIS, Redlands, California, ESRI Press, xiii-xx.

2002 Wright, D.J., B.T. Donahue, and D.F. Naar, Seafloor mapping and GIS coordination at America's remotest national marine sanctuary (American Samoa), in D.J. Wright (Ed.), Undersea with GIS, Redlands, California, ESRI Press, 33-63.

2002 Wright, D.J., Selected bibliography and Internet resources, in D.J. Wright (Ed.), Undersea with GIS, Redlands, California, ESRI Press, 245-253.

2002 Wright, D.J., Mapping the Seafloor in American Samoa, Geospatial Solutions, 12(7): 24-25.

2002 Wright, D., D. DiBiase, C. Pancake, R. Wright, and K. Foote. Challenges and opportunities in distance education for geographic information science, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Special White Paper, 20 manuscript pages.

2002 Wright, D.J., Towards a data management infrastructure for MARGINS: Examples from Boomerang 8 and the Virtual Research Vessel [pdf], MARGINS Newsletter, 9:34-36, 38.

2002 Breman, J., D. Wright, and P. Halpin, The inception of the ArcGIS marine data model, in Breman, J. (ed.), Marine Geography, Redlands, California, ESRI Press, 3-9.

2002 Nasby, N., Embley, R., Hixon, M., Merle, S., Tissot, B., and Wright, D., Integration of submersible transect data and high-resolution sonar imagery for a habitat-based groundfish assessment of Heceta Bank, Oregon, Fisheries Bulletin, 100: 739-751.

2002 Walsh, K., C. Pancake, D.J. Wright, S. Haerer, and J. Hanus, "Humane" interfaces to improve the usability of data clearinghouses, in Egenhofer, M. and Mark, D. (eds.), GIScience 2002, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2478, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 333-345.

2001 Smith, D., S. Carbotte, S. Cande, S. Miller, D. Wright, and W. Ryan, Data Management for Marine Geology and Geophysics: Tools for Archiving, Analysis, and Visualization [pdf], NSF/ONR Workshop Report, Geosciences Professional Services, Inc., Washington, D.C., 32 pp.

2000 Wright, D.J., Bloomer, S.H., MacLeod, C.J., Taylor, B., and Goodliffe, A.M., Bathymetry of the Tonga Trench and forearc: A map series, Marine Geophysical Researches, 21(5): 489-512, 2000.

2000 Wilson, J.P., Mitasova, H., and Wright, D.J., Water resource applications of GIS, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 12(2): 61-79.

2000 Tivey, M.K., Bemis, K., Bradley, A.M., Butterfield, J., Delaney, J.R., Ding, K., Dziak, R.P., Fisher, C., Fox, C.G., Hautala, S., Jackson, D., Jannasch, H.W., Johnson, H.P., Juniper, S.K., Kadko, D., Kelley, D.S., Lilley, M., McDuff, R.E., Rona, P., Sarrazin, J., Schultz, A., Seyfried, W.E., Jr., Thomson, R.E., Wheat, C.G., Wilcock, W., Wright, D., and Yoerger, D., The RIDGE Endeavour Segment seafloor observatory: Recent successes and an overview of coordinated experiments for Y2K, RIDGE Events, 11(1): 10-17, 2000.

1999 Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J. (Eds.), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, London: Taylor & Francis, 320 pp.

1999 Wright, D.J., Down to the sea in ships: The emergence of marine GIS, in Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J. (eds.), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, London: Taylor & Francis, 1-10.

1999 Wright, D.J., Spatial reasoning for marine geology and geophysics, in Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J. (eds.), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, London: Taylor & Francis, 117-128.

1999 Bartlett, D.J. and Wright, D.J., Epilogue, in Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J. (eds.), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, London: Taylor & Francis, 295-315.

1999 Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J., Preface, in Wright, D.J. and Bartlett, D.J. (eds.), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems, London: Taylor & Francis, xvii-xviii.

1999 Wright, D.J., Getting to the bottom of it: Tools, techniques, and discoveries of deep ocean geography, The Professional Geographer, 51(3): 426-439.

1999 Wright, D. J., Semantic modelling for oceanographic data in Craglia, M. A and Onsrud, H. (Eds.), Geographic Information Research: Trans-Atlantic Perspectives, London: Taylor and Francis, 405-414.

1999 Wright, D.J., "Virtual" seminars in GIS: Academic future or flash in the pan?, Geo Info Systems, 9(3): 22, 24-26.

1999 White, S.M., Macdonald, K.C., Haymon, R.M. and the Sojourn-2 Science Party (S. Baron, B. Bezy, E. Birk, L. Crowder, G. Levai , L. Magde, J. O'Neill, D. Schierer, P. Sharfstein, S. Sudarikov, D. Wright), 1999, Volcanoes of the southern East Pacific Rise: A new view of crustal accretion and ridge segmentation at super-fast spreading rates, RIDGE Events, 10(2): 16-22.

1998 Wright, D.J., Formation and development of fissures at the East Pacific Rise: Implications for faulting and magmatism at mid-ocean ridges, in Buck, W.R., Delaney, P., Karson, J. A., and Lagabrielle, Y. (Eds.), Faulting and Magmatism at Mid-Ocean Ridges, Geophysical Monograph 106, Washington, D.C: American Geophysical Union, 137-151.

1998 Wright, D.J., Wood, R., Sylvander, B., ArcGMT: A suite of tools for conversion between Arc/INFO and Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), Computers and Geosciences, 24(8):737-744.

1998 Clift, P.D., MacLeod, C.J., Tappin, D.R., Wright, D.J., and Bloomer, S.H. Tectonic controls on sedimentation in the Tonga Trench and Forearc, SW Pacific. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 110(4):483-496 + Front Cover.

1998 Wright, D.J. and McDuff, R., A geographic information system for the Endeavour Segment, RIDGE Events, 9(1):11-15.

1998 Wright, D.J., Creatures of the deep and maps of the ocean floor, Association for Women in Science Magazine, 27(2):10-12.

1997 Wright, D.J., Goodchild, M.F., and Proctor, J.D., Demystifying the persistent ambiguity of GIS as "tool" versus "science", The Annals of the AAG, 87(2): 346-362.

1997 Wright, D.J., Goodchild, M.F., and Proctor, J.D., Reply: Hoping to turn that theoretical corner, The Annals of the AAG, 87(2): 373.

1997 Wright, D.J., Fox, C.G., Bobbitt, A.M., A scientific information model for deepsea mapping and sampling, Marine Geodesy, 20(4): 367-379.

1997 Wright, D. J., and Goodchild, M.F., Data from the deep: Implications for the GIS community, Int. J. Geographical Information Science, 11(6): 523-528.

1996 Wright, D.J., Rumblings on the ocean floor: GIS supports deep-sea research, Geo Info Systems, 6(1):22-29 + Front Cover.

1996 Wright, D.J., Aboard Alvin submersible: ArcView supports sea floor exploration, ARC News, 18(1):14.

1996 Scheirer, D. S., Macdonald, K. C., Forsyth, D. W., Miller, S. P., Wright, D. J., and Cormier, M.-H., A map series of the southern East Pacific Rise and its flanks, 15°S to 19°S, Mar. Geophys. Res., 18, 1-12.

1995 Wright, D.J., Haymon, R.M., and Macdonald, K.C., Breaking new ground: Estimates of crack depth along the axial zone of the East Pacific Rise (9° 12'-54'N) Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 134:441-457.

1995 Wright, D.J., Haymon, R.M., and Fornari, D.J., Crustal fissuring and its relationship to magmatic and hydrothermal processes on the East Pacific Rise crest (9° 12' - 54'N), J. Geophys. Res., 100(B4):6097-6210.

1994 Wright, D. J., Geographic information systems for RIDGE research, RIDGE Events, 5(2):5-7, 11.

1994 Wright, D. J., From pattern to process on the deep ocean floor: A geographic information system approach, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Califonia, Santa Barbara, CA, 341 pp.

1993 Scheirer, D. S., K. Macdonald, D. Forsyth, R. Alexander, T. Atwater, N. Beedle, M. Cormier, K. Feldman, C. Hollinshead, D. Levitt, M. A. Lynch, S. Miller, A. Padgett, A. Sauter, K. Sayanagi, Y. Shen, C. Weiland, and D. Wright, Wide-spread volcanic and tectonic activity on the southern East Pacific Rise and its flanks, RIDGE Events, 4(1): 1-2, 8-9.

1993 Haymon, R. M., D. J. Fornari, K. L. Von Damm, M. D. Lilley, M. R. Perfit, J. M. Edmond, W. C. Shanks III, R. A. Lutz, J. B. Grebmeier, S. Carbotte, D. Wright, E. McLaughlin, E. Smith, N. Beedle, and E. Olson, Volcanic eruption of the mid-ocean ridge along the East Pacific Rise crest at 9°45-52'N: 1. Direct submersible observations of seafloor phenomena associated with an eruption event in April, 1991, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 109, 85-101.

1992 Wright, D. J., Convergence and strike-slip motion at the northern terminus of the Tonga Trench, Southwest Pacific, in CRC Handbook of Geophysical Exploration at Sea, edited by R. Geyer, p. 35-79, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

1992 Wright, D. J., and R. M. Haymon, Applications of ARC/INFO to the studies of the ocean floor, in ARC/INFO Maps 1991, edited by J. Dangermond, p. 28-29, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, California.

1992 Haymon, R., D. Fornari, R. Lutz, K. Von Damm, M. Perfit, M. Lilley, W. C. I. Shanks, K. Macdonald, M. Edwards, D. Nelson, D. Colodner, M. Kappus, D. Wright, M. Black, D. Scheirer, H. Edmonds, E. Olson, and T. Geiselman, 1991 eruption site on the East Pacific Rise at 9°45'-52'N is evolving rapidly: Results of AdVenture '92 dive series, RIDGE Events, 3(2), 1- 2, 11.

1991 Haymon, R. M., D. J. Fornari, M. H. Edwards, S. Carbotte, D. Wright, and K. C. Macdonald, Hydrothermal vent distribution along the East Pacific Rise Crest (9°09'- 54'N) and its relationship to magmatic and tectonic processes on fast-spreading mid-ocean ridges, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 104, 513-534.

1991 Haymon, R. M., S. Carbotte, D. Wright, N. Beedle, F. Johnson, D. J. Fornari, K. Von Damm, J. Grebmeier, M. Lilley, E. McLaughlin, E. Olson, J. Edmond, M. R. Perfit, M. Smith, W. C. Shanks III, R. Lutz, J. Seewald, and D. Reudelhuber, Active eruption seen on East Pacific Rise, Eos Trans. AGU, 72, 505-507.

1991 Haymon, R. M., D. Fornari, K. Von Damm, J. Edmond, M. Lilley, M. Perfit, W. C. Shanks III, J. Grebmeier, R. Lutz, S. Carbotte, D. Wright, M. Smith, E. McLaughlin, N. Beedle, J. Seewald, D. Reudelhuber, E. Olson, and F. Johnson, East Pacific Rise erupts north of Leg 142 drillsite!, JOI-USSAC Newsletter, 4, 4-12.


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