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  • David Divins is the Associate Director the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS),

    He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a Specialization in Marine Science from Boston University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Oceanography (Geology and Geophysics) from Texas A&M University in 1991.

    David is a marine geophysicist focused on seafloor mapping and geomorphology, subsurface imaging and sediment thickness, and methane hydrates. He worked for 9 years with at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and 6 years in the Marine Geology and Geophysics division at the National Centers for Environmental Information in Boulder CO. During this time he was involved in many international bathymetric mapping projects, global sediment thickness mapping, as well as bathymetric mapping and geomorphology in the Great Lakes.

    Prior to his arrival at UNH, David served as Vice President and Director of Ocean Drilling Programs at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC where he managed the Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (now called the International Ocean Discovery Program) for 10 years.

    Dr. Divins is currently working as part a research team led by The University of Texas at Austin to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico. The heart of this project is to acquire intact samples so that we can better understand how to produce these deposits in the future.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Primary deposition and early diagenetic effects on the high saturation accumulation of gas hydrate in a silt dominated reservoir in the Gulf of MexicoMarine Geology.  444:106718-106718. 2022
    2015 Methane Hydrates in Nature-Current Knowledge and ChallengesJournal of Chemical and Engineering Data.  60:319-329. 2015
    2001 Small rimmed depression in Lake Ontario: An impact crater?Journal of Great Lakes Research: devoted to research on large lakes of the world.  27:510-517. 2001
    1999 Development of an Elevation Database for the US Coastal ZoneSurveying and Land Information Systems.  59:3-13. 1999
    1999 Exposing the US Coastal Zone,EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union1999
    1998 GEODAS: A Hydro/Bathy Data Management SystemSurveying and Land Information Systems.  58:141-146. 1998
    1998 New bathymetry of the Great Lakes being compiled as part of NOAA's Great Lakes data rescue program 1998
    1996 New lakefloor maps of the Great Lakes 1996
    1986 Sediment sound‐velocity provinces in the Cape Basin: New results using multichannel seismic reflection profilesJournal of Geophysical Research.  91:14015-14021. 1986


    Year Title
    2003 Total Sediment Thickness Map for the Southeast Pacific Ocean.  126-127. 2003
    1994 Total sediment thickness map for the South Atlantic Ocean.  147-148. 1994

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2004 Multibeam bathymetric data at NOAA/NGDCOCEANS '04 MTS/IEEE TECHNO-OCEAN '04, VOLS 1- 2, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, VOLS. 1-4. 1159-1162. 2004

    Education And Training

  • B.A. Biology, Boston University
  • PHD Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), Texas A & M University
  • Full Name

  • David Divins