DISCO by Year

DISCO: History

The first Dissertations Symposium in Chemical Oceanography (DISCO) was held in Honolulu, HI from 26 February to 2 March 1978, followed by DISCO II in Miami, FL in 1979, then by all subsequent symposia in the State of Hawai‘i. In October 2018, we will hold the 26th DISCO symposium in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

The idea for DISCO was originally proposed by Edward Goldberg of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. These career-spanning symposia have introduced new PhD graduates to each other, as well as to the granting agencies, with a goal of promoting the exchange of recent research results and providing a venue where scientific ideas are exchanged amongst peers.

DISCO participants, numbering ~25 invitees per meeting, have come from a diverse set of institutions across the U.S. and from international locales, chosen based on their dissertation research contribution towards current problems in chemical oceanography.

Each symposium has featured a guest speaker to serve as inspiration and mentor to the new cohort group of young chemical oceanographers: since 2000, the speaker has been a senior active research scientist in the field of Chemical Oceanography. Prior to that, speakers were chosen from prominent faculty at the university where the meeting was held, thus most of them were from the University of Hawai‘i.

During the symposia, each of the participants presents their graduate research, and participates in discussions on topics relevant to young investigators, such as new directions in science, proposal writing, and how to start a research career. The research topics discussed reflect current scientific and societal priorities, ranging from elemental cycles, to ocean acidification, to organic geochemistry and biochemistry, amongst other topics.

On the occasion of the 10th DISCO meeting, a survey was sent to all past participants, which resulted in an EOS publication (Green & Sackett, 1988; PDF). During the year of the 25th DISCO meeting (2016), an OPEN MIKE town hall was conducted at the February Ocean Sciences meeting in New Orleans for reflections on historical achievements in chemical oceanography and the influence of DISCO on participants’ careers. An additional day was added to the 25th DISCO meeting (October 2016), for the start of the COME ABOARD workshop, to which all interested parties were invited, to discuss current and future research directions in chemical oceanography.  A paper, reporting the results of this workshop, will appear in the journal Marine Chemistry soon (undergoing final editorial comments as of August 2017)..

Click on the meeting number to go that meeting’s page, which has the meeting location and the list of participants.

DISCO #

Year

Guest Speaker

DISCO I

1978

John Craven, UH

DISCO II

1979

William W. Hay, RSMAS

DISCO III

1981

John Carlmark, US Navy &
John W. Shupe, HNEI

DISCO IV

1982

John Craven, UH

DISCO V

1984

NOT KNOWN

DISCO VI

1985

NOT KNOWN

DISCO VII

1987

Fred Mackenzie, UH

DISCO VIII

1988

Dave Karl, UH

DISCO IX

1990

Barry Raleigh, UH

DISCO X

1991

Steve Smith, UH

DISCO XI

1993

Fred Duennebier, UH

DISCO XII

1994

Bob Bidigare, UH

DISCO XIII

1996

NOT KNOWN

DISCO XIV

1997

Frank Sansone, UH

DISCO XV

1999

Frank Sansone, UH

DISCO XVI

2000

Eric Saltzman, UC Irvine

DISCO XVII

2002

Frank Millero, U. of Miami

DISCO XVIII

2003

Chris Measures, UH

DISCO XIX

2005

Jim Murray, UW

DISCO XX

2006

Bill Fitzgerald, Univ. of Connecticut

DISCO XXI

2008

Peter Brewer, MBARI &
Cindy Lee, SUNY

DISCO XXII

2010

Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Univ. of So. Carolina

DISCO XXIII

2012

Chris Reddy, WHOI

DISCO XXIV

2014

Ken Johnson, MBARI

DISCO XXV

2016

Robert Anderson, LDEO, Columbia Univ

DISCO XXVI

2018

Lihini Aluwihare, SIO, UCSD

 

[ Top of page ]