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 Cecilia Gonzalez-McHugh

 Division of Earth and Environmental Science
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​Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-McHugh received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and a Ph. D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from Columbia University.  She is currently affiliated with The American Geophysical Union and The Geological Society of America.

Within the past 15 years, Gonzalez-McHugh has been a precursor for the emerging field of submarine paleoseismology, developing tools and finding answers for better understanding earthquake risk along submarine transform boundaries, and most recently along convergent plate boundaries. She also worked in the Marmara Sea, Turkey after the 1999 Izmit and Duzce earthquakes. In 2011, she led an NSF RAPID expedition from the R/V Endeavour to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and in 2013 participated in two Japanese led expeditions to better understand the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Additionally, Gonzalez-McHugh has participated in three Ocean Drilling Expeditions to study relative sea-level changes offshore of the coast of New Jersey and offshore of the Southern Island in Canterbury Basin, New Zealand. Her research also focuses on paleoclimate and paleoceanography studied in the Marmara Sea and Black Sea, Turkey.

As a result of a NSF RAPID response grant in 2013, Gonzalez-McHugh and colleagues surveyed and sampled the devastation caused by super storm SANDY offshore and within the bays and inlets of Long Beach Island on the southern shore of Long Island. Coastal work for characterizing sediment processes and sediment contamination also includes the Hudson River estuary and Long Island Sound.

These research programs would not be possible without the participation of Queens College and City University of New York student that have contributed extensively to their success, especially in the adjacent to New York City coastal and estuarine environments.

Her recent research focuses on Bangladesh, a country where seismic risk is high, fluvial processes mighty, and where ~160 million people inhabit at or near coastal zones. An international, multi-institutional program is being implemented to study tectonics, seismic risk and fluvial processes of the mighty Ganges-Brahmaputra fluvial system.

Despite all of the time she spends on expeditions and publishing her research, Gonzalez-McHugh is dedicated to her students, as she is constantly acting as an advisor and mentor. She teaches Oceanography, Dynamics of the Ocean and Its Atmosphere, Coastal and Estuarine Processes, and Marine Geology in The School of Earth and Environmental Science at Queens College.
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