I am a professor geography and oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU). What follows is the standard biography that is on my web site (http://dusk.geo.orst.edu):
Dawn Wright received an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1994. Dawn's research interests include geographic information science, benthic terrain and habitat characterization, tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and the processing and interpretation of high-resolution bathymetry and underwater videography/photography. She has completed oceanographic fieldwork in some of the most geologically-active regions of the planet, including the East Pacific Rise, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Juan de Fuca Ridge, the Tonga Trench, and volcanoes under the Japan Sea and the Indian Ocean. Dr. Wright has dived three times in the deep submergence vehicle "Alvin" and twice in the "Pisces V." She serves on the editorial boards of the "International Journal of Geographical Information Science," "Transactions in GIS," and "Geospatial Solutions," as well as on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Geophysical and Environmental Data. Dr. Wright is also a National Councillor for the Association of American Geographers and Research Vice-Chair for the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. Her recent books include "Undersea with GIS" (published by ESRI Press, 2002), "Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems" (edited with Darius Bartlett, Taylor & Francis, 2000), "Place Matters: Geospatial Tools for Marine Science, Conservation, and Management in the Pacific Northwest" (edited with Astrid Scholz, Oregon State University Press, 2005), and "Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet" (co-authored with Michael Blongewicz, Pat Halpin, and Joe Breman, ESRI Press, 2007).
Dr. Wright's awards include the Milton Harris Award for Excellence in Basic Research from the OSU College of Science, a Fulbright grant (to Ireland), a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, Excellence in Mentoring awards from the OSU College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences, and an OSU Honors College Professor of the Year. In 2007 she was named U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of Oregon by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).