Janet Campbell

Research Professor Emerita, Department of Earth Sciences


Janet W. Campbell, Ph.D. is Research Professor Emerita in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and the Department of Earth Sciences. She served as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost Engagement and Faculty Development, serving as co-chair of the Research and Engagement Academy, and as a scholarly coach to faculty scholar participants. Dr. Campbell has over 30 years of experience in ocean remote sensing research and development. She began her career as an Aerospace Technologist with the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia, and later served as the Program Manager for Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry at NASA Headquarters. While at UNH since 1993, she taught graduate courses related to her research and directed the research of 11 graduate students. She served as director of the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory, director of the Center for Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis, and was a member of the Marine Program Executive Committee. In recent years, Dr. Campbell served as Deputy Vice President for Research, Interim Director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2010, she led a study commissioned by the Provost to develop a plan for aligning marine-related educational programs with the extensive marine and ocean engineering research being conducted at UNH. She holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master's degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mary Baldwin College.


Scholarly Agenda

  • Interpreting ocean spectral radiance measurements (color) in terms of biological and chemical content of the waters:  Bio-optical oceanography
  • Analyzing statistically ocean biological processes and variability in time and space
  • Exploring exchanges of materials between land and coastal ocean:  how to monitor this and understand trends and inter-annual variability
  • Developing innovative ways to teach STEM content to young children and their teachers to enhance their motivation to continue learning

External Partners

  • NASA's Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program
  • NOAA's Coastal Ocean Observing Program(s)
  • NSF's Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE)
  • Human Dynamics Foundation

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Janet Campbell