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State University

Stephen Pierce

Research associate in
physical oceanography
at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences




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Publications (peer-reviewed)

  1. Keller, A. A., L. Ciannelli, W. W. Wakefield, V. Simon, J. A. Barth, and S. D. Pierce (2017) Species-specific responses of demersal fishes to near-bottom oxygen levels within the California Current large marine ecosystem, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 568, 151-173. (pdf)
  2. Mazzini, P. L. F., C. M. Risien, J. A. Barth, S. D. Pierce, A. Erofeev, E. P. Dever, P. M. Kosro, M. D. Levine, R. K. Shearman, and M. F. Vardaro (2015) Anomalous near-surface low-salinity pulses off the central Oregon coast, Scientific Reports, 5, 10.1038/srep17145. (pdf)
  3. Pfeiffer-Herbert, A. S., F. G. Prahl, B. Hales, J. A. Lerczak, S. D. Pierce, and M. D. Levine (2015) High resolution sampling of methane transport in the Columbia River near-field plume: implications for sources and sinks in a river-dominated estuary, Limnology and Oceanography, 10.1002/lno.10221. (pdf)
  4. Ainley, D. G., G. Ballard, R. M. Jones, D. Jongsomjit, S. D. Pierce, W. O. Smith, Jr., and S. Veloz (2015) Trophic cascades in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica: revisited, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 534, 1-16. (pdf)
  5. Keller, A. A., L. Ciannelli, W. W. Wakefield, V. Simon, J. A. Barth, and S. D. Pierce (2015) Occurrence of demersal fishes in relation to near-bottom oxygen levels within the California Current large marine ecosystem, Fisheries Oceanography, 24, 162-176. (pdf)
  6. Shcherbina, A., M. A. Sundermeyer, E. Kunze, E. D'Asaro, G. Badin, D. Birch, A. E. G. Brunner-Suzuki, J. Callies, B. Cervantes, M. Claret, B. Concannon, J. Early, R. Ferrari, L. Goodman, R. R. Harcourt, J. M. Klymak, C. M. Lee, M. Lelong. M. D. Levine, R. Lien, A. Mahadevan, J. C. McWilliams, M. J. Molemaker, S. Mukherjee, J. D. Nash, T. Ozgokmen, S. D. Pierce, S. Ramachandran, R. M. Samelson, T. B. Sanford, R. K. Shearman, E. D. Skyllingstad, K. S. Smith, A. Tandon, J. R. Taylor, E. A. Terray, L. N. Thomas, and J. R. Ledwell (2015) The LatMix Summer Campaign: Submesoscale Stirring in the Upper Ocean, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 1257-1279. (pdf)
  7. Sundermeyer, M. A., E. Skyllingstad, J. R. Ledwell, B. Concannon, D. Birch, S. D. Pierce, and B. Cervantes (2014) Observations and numerical simulations of large eddy circulation in the ocean surface mixed layer, Geophys. Res. Letters, in press. (pdf)
  8. Wu, D., M. Zhou, S. D. Pierce, J. A. Barth, and T. J. Cowles (2014) Zooplankton distribution and transport in the California Current off Oregon, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 508, 87-103. (pdf)
  9. Kannberg, P. K., A. M. Trehu, S. D. Pierce, C. K. Paull, and D. W. Caress (2013) Temporal variation of methane flares in the ocean above Hydrate Ridge, Oregon, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 368, 33-42. (pdf)
  10. Pierce, S. D., J. A. Barth, R. K. Shearman, and A. Y. Erofeev (2012) Declining oxygen in the northeast Pacific, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 495-501. (pdf)
  11. Mote, P. W., D. Gavin, A. Huyer, J. A. Barth, D. B. Chelton, M. Fortune, B. Hales, P. M. Kosro, S. D. Pierce, R. Samelson, K. Shearman, R. L. Smith, and P. T. Strub (2010) Climate change in Oregon's land and marine environments. In Oregon Climate Assessment Report, pp. 1-45, K. D. Dello and P. W. Mote (eds). Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 412 pp. (pdf)
  12. Ainley, D. G., K. D. Dugger, R. G. Ford, S. D. Pierce, D. C. Reese, R. D. Brodeur, C. T. Tynan, and J. A. Barth (2009) Association of predators and prey at frontal features in the northern California Current: competition, facilitation, and co-occurrence, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 389, 271-294. (pdf)
  13. Keister, J. E., W. T. Peterson, and S. D. Pierce (2009) Zooplankton distribution and cross-shelf transfer of carbon in an area of complex mesoscale circulation in the northern California Current, Deep Sea Research I, 56, 212-231. (pdf)
  14. Barth, J. A., J. M. Bane, S. D. Pierce, and S. M. Haines (2008) The wind-driven coastal ocean: now in high-def, Oceanography, 21, no. 4, p. 53. (pdf)
  15. Agostini, V. N., A. N. Hendrix, A. B. Hollowed, C. D. Wilson, S. D. Pierce, and R. C. Francis (2008) Climate-ocean variability and Pacific hake: a geostatistical modeling approach, J. of Marine Systems, 71, 237-248. (pdf)
  16. Barth, J. A., B. A. Menge, J. Lubchenco, F. Chan, J. M. Bane, A. R. Kirincich, M. A. McManus, K. J. Nielsen, S. D. Pierce, and L. Washburn (2007) Delayed upwelling alters nearshore coastal ocean ecosystems in the northern California current, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 3719-3724. (pdf)
  17. Pierce, S. D., J. A. Barth, R. E. Thomas, and G. W. Fleischer (2006) Anomalously warm July 2005 in the northern California Current: historical context and the significance of cumulative wind stress, Geophys. Res. Letters, 33, L22S04, doi:10.1029/2006GL027149. (pdf)
  18. Kosro, P. M., W. T. Peterson, B. M. Hickey, R. K. Shearman, and S. D. Pierce (2006) The physical versus the biological spring transition: 2005, Geophys. Res. Letters, 33, L22S03, doi:10.1029/2006GL027072. (pdf)
  19. Agostini, V. N., R. C. Francis, A. B. Hollowed, S. D. Pierce, C. Wilson, and A. N. Hendrix (2006) The relationship between hake (Merluccius productus) distribution and poleward sub-surface flow in the California Current system, Canadian J. of Fish. and Aquatic Sciences, 63, 2648-2659. (pdf)
  20. Barth, J. A., S. D. Pierce, and R. M. Castelao (2005) Time-dependent, wind-driven flow over a shallow midshelf submarine bank, J. Geophys. Res., 110, C10S05, doi:10.1029/2004JC002761. (pdf)
  21. Wijesekera, H. W., D. Rudnick, C. A. Paulson, S. D. Pierce, S. Pegau, J. Mickett, and M. C. Gregg (2005) Upper ocean heat and freshwater budgets in the Eastern Pacific warm pool, J. Geophs. Res., 110, C08004, doi:10.1029/2004JC002511. (pdf)
  22. Tynan, C. T., D. G. Ainley, J. A. Barth, T. J. Cowles, S. D. Pierce, and L. B. Spear (2005) Cetacean distributions relative to ocean processes in the northern California Current System, Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, 145-167. (pdf)
  23. Ainley, D. G., L. B. Spear, C. T. Tynan, J. A. Barth, S. D. Pierce, R. G. Ford and T. J. Cowles (2005) Physical and biological variables affecting seabird distributions during the upwelling season of the northern California Current, Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, 123-143. (pdf)
  24. Sutor, M. M., T. J. Cowles, W. T. Peterson, and S. D. Pierce (2005) Acoustic observations of finescale zooplankton distributions in the Oregon upwelling region, Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, 109-121. (pdf)
  25. Ressler, P. H., R. D. Brodeur, W. T. Peterson, S. D. Pierce, P. M. Vance, A. Rostad, and J. A. Barth (2005) The spatial distribution of euphausiid aggregations in the Northern California Current during August 2000, Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, 89-108. (pdf)
  26. Barth, J. A., S. D. Pierce, and T. J. Cowles (2005) Mesoscale structure and its seasonal evolution in the Northern California Current System, Deep-Sea Res. II, 52, 5-28. (pdf)
  27. Barth, J. A., T. J. Cowles, and S. D. Pierce (2001) Mesoscale physical and bio-optical structure of the Antarctic Polar Front near 170W during austral spring, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 13879-13902. (pdf)
  28. Pierce, S. D., R. L. Smith, P. M. Kosro, J. A. Barth, and C. D. Wilson (2000) Continuity of the poleward undercurrent along the eastern boundary of the mid-latitude North Pacific, Deep-Sea Res. II, 47, 811-829. (pdf) (supplementary online data report)
  29. Barth, J. A., S. D. Pierce, and R. L. Smith (2000) A separating coastal upwelling jet at Cape Blanco, Oregon and its connection to the California Current system, Deep-Sea Res. II, 47, 783-810. (pdf)
  30. Pierce, S. D., J. A. Barth, and R. L. Smith (1999) Improving ADCP accuracy with wide-area differential GPS and adaptive smoothing of ship velocity, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 16, 591-596. (pdf)
  31. Barth, J. A., D. Bogucki, S. D. Pierce, and P. M. Kosro (1998) Secondary circulation associated with a shelfbreak front, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 2761-2764. (pdf)
  32. Pierce, S. D., J. S. Allen, and L. J. Walstad. Dynamics of the Coastal Transition Zone jet, 1, linear stability analysis (1991) J. Geophys. Res., 96, 14979-14993. (pdf)
  33. Huyer, A., P. M. Kosro, J. Fleischbein, S. R. Ramp, T. Stanton, L. Washburn, F. P. Chavez, T. J. Cowles, S. D. Pierce, and R. L. Smith (1991) Currents and water masses of the Coastal Transition Zone off northern California, June to August, 1988, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 14809-14831. (pdf)
  34. Dewey, R. K., J. N. Moum, C. A. Paulson, D. R. Caldwell, and S. D. Pierce (1991) Structure and dynamics of a coastal filament, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 14885-14907. (pdf)
  35. Rodriguez, J. M., M. K. W. Ko, N. D. Sze, S. D. Pierce, J. G. Anderson, D. W. Fahey, K. Kelly, C. B. Farmer, G. C. Toon, M. T. Coffey, L. E. Heidt, W. G. Mankin, K. R. Chan, W. L. Starr, J. F. Vedder, and M. P. McCormick (1989) Nitrogen and chlorine species in the spring antarctic stratosphere: comparison of models with airborne antarctic ozone experiment observations, J. Geophys. Res., 94, 16683-16703. (pdf)
  36. Pierce, S. D. and T. M. Joyce (1988) Gulf Stream velocity structure through inversion of hydrographic and acoustic doppler data, J. Geophys. Res., 93, 2227-2236. (pdf)
  37. Joyce, T. M., C. Wunsch, and S. D. Pierce (1986) Synoptic Gulf Stream velocity profiles through simultaneous inversion of hydrographic and acoustic doppler data, J. Geophys. Res., 91, 7573-7585. (pdf)