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Jack Dymond

Jack Dymond (1939-2003) was an oceanographer who taught at Oregon State University. He was directly involved in the initial phase of lake-bottom exploration during the summer of 1987, at Crater Lake National Park.

Jack Dymond

Born in Ohio, Dymond earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Miami University, and a doctorate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. He worked as a researcher at Columbia University before transferring to Oregon State University, where he taught until his retirement in 1997.

During his career, Dymond wrote nearly 100 scientific papers and traveled the world to explore underwater ecosystems. In 1977, he and a group of scientists found hot water vents spewing from the sea floor in the Galapagos Islands. Using the Alvin submersible to examine the vents, Dymond and his crew found an entire community of tube worms, clams and other previously unknown organisms living in the dark waters. It was the first ecosystem discovered on Earth that did not rely on the sun for energy.

"He was very inspiring in a way -- he knew how to excite the people around him with new ideas, and also sort of show them how those new ideas could be approached in a reasonable way. He was one of those people for whom the strength of his personal relationships are as memorable as the specific scientific nuts and bolts that he contributed," said friend and colleague Bob Collier.

He was fly-fishing on the Rogue River when he fell into the water and was pulled under by the current.

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Bibliography (Partial)

  • Dymond, J. and Collier, R.W. and Watwood, M.E., Bacterial mats from Crater Lake, Oregon and their relationship to possible deep-lake hydrothermal venting,  Nature, volume 342, number 6250, 673--675, 1989

  • John B. Corliss, Jack Dymond, Louis I. Gordon, John M. Edmond, Richard P. von Herzen, Robert D. Ballard, Kenneth Green, David Williams, Arnold Bainbridge, Kathy Crane, and Tjeerd H. van Andel. Submarine Thermal Springs on the Galápagos Rift, Science 16 March 1979: Vol. 203. no. 4385, pp. 1073 - 1083

  • Honjo, S. and Francois, R. and Manganini, S. and Dymond, J. and Collier, R., Particle fluxes to the interior of the Southern Ocean in the Western Pacific sector along 170° W, Deep-Sea Research Part II, Volume 47, number 15-16, pages 3521-3548, 2000

  • McManus, J. and Collier, R.W. and Dymond, J., Mixing processes in Crater Lake, Oregon, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 98, No. C10, 18295-18308, 1993

  • Collier, R.W. and Dymond, J., Studies of hydrothermal processes in Crater Lake: a report of field studies conducted in 1988 for the National Park Service,  1989, Corvallis, Or.: College of Oceanography, Oregon State University





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