Walter Barnhardt has become the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
New Director of USGS Woods Hole Science Center
by Dave Grason, USGS Deputy Regional Executive for the Northeast Area
I am pleased to announce that Walter Barnhardt has become the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Walter received his bachelor's degree in geology from the College of William and Mary in 1984. After 2 years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, he attended the University of Maine, where he received an M.S. (1992) and a Ph.D. (1994) in geology. Walter conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Maine (1994-96) and with the USGS in Menlo Park, California (1996-2001). He spent 3 years as an assistant professor of geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before coming to the USGS Woods Hole Science Center in 2004.
Walter is a marine geologist and sedimentologist, investigating the causes of coastal erosion, the effects of dam removal on sediment transport, and the processes controlling sediment deposition in the coastal ocean. He has an extensive bibliography that includes publications on seafloor geologic mapping, coastal hazards, and the impacts of relative sea-level change on the evolution of continental margins. He has served as chief scientist or co-chief scientist on more than 30 research cruises off the Atlantic, Pacific, and Great Lakes coasts. He lives in East Falmouth on Cape Cod and began his new duties on November 2, 2009.
At this time, USGS Northeast Regional Executive Dave Russ and I want to express our gratitude to outgoing director Bill Schwab for his outstanding technical and managerial leadership of the USGS Woods Hole Science Center since 2003. Bill is turning over the direction of an exceptional program of world-class USGS coastal and marine scientific studies at Woods Hole as he returns to devote himself once again full-time to hands-on science. We would like to thank Bill for his able management of the center and wish him continued success in his scientific career.
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