Geological oceanographers in the College of Marine Science conduct research from the continental margins to the deep-ocean seafloor extending in time from modern environments to millions of years back in Earth’s history to understand and predict Earth surface and interior processes. Primary research themes include: (1) paleoceanography and paleoclimatology; (2) coastline and continental shelf development and processes including effects of storms and sea-level fluctuations; (3) the health of modern and recent geologic history of coral reefs and carbonate depositional environments; (4) anthropogenic influences on estuaries; (5) mathematical explanations of geologic phenomena; and (6) plate tectonics. Our geological oceanography group has a variety of modern well-equipped laboratories and field equipment, including one of the best seafloor mapping capabilities in the US. Fully integrated with these field instruments is the computational capability to generate state-of-the art data depictions and imagery.
Our group also works closely with scientists from the US Geological Survey’s Center for Coastal and Marine Science Center, a major federal laboratory located nearby.