As Acting Associate Director for Natural Hazards, John oversees the geologic hazards and coastal and marine programs of the USGS and coordinates the long-term planning and hazard response activities for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, geomagnetic storms, floods, severe storms, tsunamis, and wildfires.
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 and 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.