John Haines



As Program Coordinator, John oversees the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program.

Career History and Highlights

John joined the USGS in 1988 as an Oceanographer in the Geologic Division, Office of Energy & Marine Geology Branch. John has been serving as the Program Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (formerly the Coastal and Marine Geology Program) since 2001. In that role, he is responsible for supporting research spanning issues including coastal change due to erosion, storms and sea-level rise, tsunami and earthquake hazards, coral reef health and ocean acidification, sediment and contaminant transport, gas hydrates, and marine mineral resources. The Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program also engages the breadth of USGS science in efforts to understand, forecast, and respond to priority national issues including coastal water quality, hazards, resource use, and ecosystem restoration.

John participated in the development of the National Ocean Policy implementation plan and represents the USGS on the Joint Subcommittee for Ocean Science and Technology. John is also a co-chair of the interagency task force on Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazards  and a member of the Department of the Interior’s Senior Ocean Policy Team.


John received his Ph. D. in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.