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David Divins
Research Professor

Seafloor Mapping, Subsurface Imaging, and Geomorphology

Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

Executive Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering

Research Professor

Ph.D. Texas A&M University


David Divins is the Associate Director the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), the Executive Director for the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE), and a Research Professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL) of 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. IODP is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth's history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments.

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.

Office phone: 603-862-0858

email: David.Divins@unh.edu