Alumnus Wood to talk about hydrography at FLI – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumnus Wood to talk about hydrography at FLI

Doug Wood ’05 will speak on “Charting Our Nation’s Coast: A presentation on how and why hydrographic surveys are done for resource management, environmental research and the safety of shipping,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 S. Main St.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in geoscience, cum laude, Wood worked for two seasons as a hydrographer on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Thomas Jefferson which hails from Norfolk, Va. He and others on the crew surveyed New York Harbor, New London, Conn., the Chesapeake and its approaches, Wildcat Knoll off Boston, Cape Fear, Cape Hatteras, and did post-hurricane work in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to answering questions about how we map our coasts, what is aboard those huge boats and what the NOAA does, he will describe his professional experience with the NOAA, the history of hydrography – the measurement of physical characteristics of waters and adjacent lands – what tides tell us, the value of oceanographic geology, and what additional information is available to learn more.

Since his time aboard the Thomas Jefferson, Wood has traveled and worked from New England to Galveston, Texas. He has also spent time aboard the ship Kilo Moana, surveying the Gulf of Alaska to possibly increase territorial water. While at HWS, he was a member of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society.

Wood’s talk is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing