Faculty & Staff

Joel Johnson

Joel E. Johnson
Associate Professor of Geology

University of New Hampshire
Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Rd., James Hall
Durham, NH 03824-3589
Ph. 603-862-4080
Fax: 603-862-2649

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the field of marine geology and have evolved from a background in traditional terrestrial geology, structural geology and tectonics, sedimentology, and oceanography. To this end, I believe in a integrated approach to marine geologic research, taking full advantage of not only modern geophysical tools and techniques (e.g. swath bathymetry, sidescan sonar, multichannel seismic), advances in marine micropaleontology (paleo-proxy applications), and high resolution sediment radiometric dating and geochemical techniques (e.g. AMS14C,210Pb, DDT), but also well established geological methods (e.g. structural mapping, coring, detailed sedimentary petrology, physical property logging, stratigraphic correlation). This background and approach has enabled me to pursue several collaborative projects during the last several years related to continental margin processes offshore Washington, Oregon, California, and more recently India. My current research projects are described below.

Current Projects

In collaboration with several academic and industry scientists from the U.S. and abroad, I recently returned from an ocean drilling expedition to the Indian Ocean, where we are investigating the occurrence and distribution of gas hydrate in the continental margin sediments along the coasts of India (Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Andaman Sea). In addition to constraining the geological host environment for the gas hydrate we also recovered spectacular marine sedimentary records, which now form the basis for several new research projects. In collaboration with colleagues at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) we are working on the following.

I am currently collaborating with colleagues at Oregon State University (OSU), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI),and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on the following projects on the west coast of the U.S.

Students interested in marine related research opportunities at UNH are encouraged to apply for graduate study (see the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and Earth Sciences Degree Options).).

Graduate Students

Sedimentology Lab Managers

Undergraduate Research Projects

Undergraduate Research Technique Development Projects

Pre-service Teacher Research Projects

In-service Teacher Research Projects

Courses Taught



Associate Professor of Geology, University of New Hampshire 6/2011-Present
Assistant Professor of Geology, University of New Hampshire 8/2005-6/2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute 8/2004-8/2005
Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University 1/1999-07/2004
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University 9/1998-12/1998
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1/1998-6/1998

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Ocean Drilling Program Initial Reports

Conference Proceedings

Recent Meeting Presentations

Graduate Work

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