This expert has over 40 years of professional experience in geology, oceanography, atmospheric and space sciences, acoustics, medical geology, marine biogeochemistry, physics and archaeology.  His work has involved basic issues of geology and oceanography including: flooding; subsidence; construction collapse; erosion; evaluation of resources and existing analyses; effects of man-made or natural disasters; pollution sources and  abatement; archaeological investigations; and investigation of classified and non-classified matters related to Navy and Marine Corps operational issues.

He has consulted for law firms, insurance companies and various government and non-governmental laboratories and worked with other forensic investigators on multi-disciplinary cases.  He has testified in federal court.

Retired from a tenured professorship at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007 as Professor of Physical Geology.  For more than 35 years he taught courses in Physical and Marine Geology, Oceanography, Underwater Sonar and Acoustics and Introductory Physics.  He has authored over 30 scientific and technical articles, a laboratory manual and prepared over 60 reports for consulting clients and while serving as Associate Director for Oceans, Atmosphere and Space Sciences in the Office of Naval Research’s International Field Office in Tokyo, Japan.  He has presented over 50 papers at national and international scientific meetings and developed and/or co-chaired technical sessions at past AGU annual fall meetings.

He is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG 03990), a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a member of the American Geophysical Union.

Academic Background

  • Columbia University Ph.D., Marine Geology, 1975
  • Columbia University, M. Phil., Marine Geology, 1969
  • The American University, M.S., Earth Sciences, 1964
  • Lafayette College, A.B., Geology, 1961


Federal Government Service (DON)

  • Entered Federal Government Service as Oceanographer – July 1963
  • Joined United States Naval Academy Faculty – August 1969
  • Promoted to Associate Professor – January 1977
  • Promoted to Professor – August 1983
  • Given title of Professor of Physical Geology – April 1993
  • Began teaching in Physics Department – January 1994
  • Temporary Additional Duty as Associate Director, Oceans, Atmosphere and Space Sciences, Office of Naval Research, International Field Office, Tokyo, Japan – June 2001 to December 2002
  • Retired –September 2007



  • Fall Semester AY 1993-1994 at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Spring Semester AY 1998-1999 at NRL, Acoustics Division


Research Relationships with Government and Non-government Laboratories

  • Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA
  • Naval Research Laboratory, Acoustics Division, Washington, DC
  • Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Biogeochemistry Division, Washington, DC
  • Department of Energy, Washington, DC
  • United States Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
  • United States Geological Survey, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA
  • Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, DC
  • Naval Research and Development Center, David Taylor, Annapolis, MD
  • Naval Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD
  • Walter Read Army Institute of Research, Division of Surgery, Washington, DC
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis and New Orleans Districts
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD



Professional Experience

Academic Experience:

  • The American University, Washington, D.C. – 1961-1963 Graduate Assistant in Department of Earth Sciences
  • The American University, Washington, D.C. – Spring 1964 Instructor in Earth Sciences, evening session
  • United States Naval Academy, – August 1969 to September 2007 Annapolis, MD, Tenured, Professor of Physical Geology
  • Board of Education, Anne Arundel County – Summer 1978 to 2007 Instructor for Gifted and Talented Program
  • Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD – Fall 1982 to December 2005 Senior Adjunct Professor

Non-Academic Experience

  • Cooperative research on Montpelier architectural materials with Dr. Matthew Reeves, Archaeologist, Montpelier – 2007 to 2010 –
  • Panel reviewer for ONR funded “Atmospheric Water Harvester” project granted to Marine Desalination Systems, St. Petersburg, FL – FY 2006 -2009
  • Cooperative research with site archeologists, Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s City, Maryland – 1993 to 1995
  • Private Consultant – 1971 to present
  • Marine sediment and acoustic studies, U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office, Global Ocean Floor Analysis and Research Project (GOFAR), Chesapeake Beach, MD – 1968 to 1969
  • Marine geophysicist, Alpine Geophysical Assoc. Inc., Norwood, N.J. – 1965 to 1968
  • Supervisor, Analog Bathythermograph Processing, National Oceanographic Data Center, U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office, Washington, D.C. – 1963 to 1965