A big congratulations to Rip Hale, who successfully defended his dissertation on August 22! Rip’s dissertation was titled “Investigating sediment transport on the Waipaoa margin: linking in situ observations with preserved deposits.” Areas of focus included river-ocean coherence of sediment transport events, signal propagation in Poverty Bay, mechanics of wave-supported fluid muds, and identification of past event deposits through digital analyses. Rip is now headed to Vanderbilt University in Nashville for a post-doctoral position focusing on the Ganges-Brahmaputra River dispersal system. Way to go, Rip!!!