Laura Brothers

Laura Brothers

Research Geologist

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Email: lbrothers@usgs.gov
Phone: 508-457-2312
Fax: 508-457-2310

Address:
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543


Expertise

Biography

Dr. Brothers is a marine geologist with interests in coastal and shelf evolution, seafloor mapping and seabed fluid flow.

 

Positions

  • Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA  (September  2012-present)
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory/National Research Council Postdoctoral Methane Hydrate Fellow (2010-2012)

 

Education

  • University of Maine                        Earth Sciences                    Ph.D.                   2010
  • University of Maine              Oceanography, Marine Policy       M.S./M.S.            2006
  • West Virginia University                                                             B.S.                    2002
  • Bryn Mawr College                                                                    A.B.                    2001

 

Publications

Pendleton, E.A., Brothers, L.L., Thieler, E.R., Danforth, W.W., and Parker, C.E., 2015, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic survey data used in a U.S. Geological Survey regional geologic framework study along the Delmarva Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1262, 18 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141262. [Link]

Pendleton, E.A., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., Thieler, E.R., and Brothers, L.L., 2015, High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula, 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA (ver. 2.0, March 2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release. http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7MW2F60 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Van Dover, C.L., German, C.R., Kaiser, C.L., Yoerger, D.R., Ruppel, C.D., Lobecker, E., Skarke, A.R., Wagner, K.S., 2013, Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin. Geology doi: 10.1130/G34217.1 [Link]

Wagner, J.K.S., McEntee, M.H., Brothers, L.L., German, C.R., Kaiser, C.L., Yoerger, D.R., Van Dover, C.L., 2013, Cold-seep habitat mapping; High-resolution spatial characterization of the Blake Ridge Diapir seep field, Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.02.008 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.D., Legere, C., Hughes Clarke, J., 2012Shallow stratigraphic control on pockmark distribution in North Temperate Estuaries.Marine Geology v. 329-331 p. 34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.09.006 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Hart, P.E., Ruppel, C., 2012, Minimum subsea permafrost distribution on the US Beaufort Sea continental shelf, Geophysical Research Letters v. 39 L15501 doi:10.1029/2012GL052222 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Koons, P.O., Barnhardt, W.A., 2011, Pockmarks: Self-scouring seep features?, Paper Number 326 In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates[Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.A., Landon Maynard, M., 2011Over a century of bathymetric observations and shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine USA: Implications for pockmark field longevity. Geo-Marine Letters v. 31 n. 4 p. 237-248. doi: 10.1007/s00367-011-0228-0 [Link]

Andrews, B.A., Brothers, L.L., Barnhardt, W.A., 2010Automatic feature extraction and spatial organization of seafloor pockmarks in Belfast Bay, ME. Geomorphology v. 124 p. 55-64. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.009 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Landon Maynard, M., Dickson, S.M., Belknap, D.F., 2010Development in the Gulf of Maine: Avoiding geohazards and embracing opportunities. Maine Policy Review v.19 1 p. 46-57. [Link]

Kelley, J.T. and Brothers, L.L., 2009, Camp Ellis, Maine: A small beach community with a big problem . . . its jetty, in Kelley, J.T., Pilkey, O.H., and Cooper, J.A.G., eds., America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities: Geological Society of America Special Paper 460, p.1-20. doi: 10.1130/2009.2460(01) [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Belknap, D.F, Kelley, J.T., Janzen, C.D., 2008, Sediment transport and dispersion in a cool-temperate estuary and embayment, Saco River estuary, Maine, USA. Marine Geology v. 251 3-4 p. 183-194. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.02.004 [Link]

Science and Products

Publications

Filter Total Items: 10
[title_1]
Year Published: 2015

High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA

The Delmarva Peninsula is a 220-kilometer-long headland, spit, and barrier island complex that was significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy. A USGS cruise was conducted in the summer of 2014 to map the inner-continental shelf of the Delmarva Peninsula using geophysical and sampling techniques to define the geologic framework that governs coastal system evolution at storm-event and longer...

Pendleton, Elizabeth E.; Ackerman, Seth D.; Baldwin, Wayne E.; Danforth, William W.; Foster, David S.; Thieler, E. Robert; Brothers, Laura
Pendleton, E., Ackerman, S., Baldwin, W., Danforth, W., Foster, D., Thieler, R., and Brothers, L. High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula, 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA: U.S. Geological Survey Web Page. http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7MW2F60
[title_1]
Year Published: 2014

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic survey data used in a U.S. Geological Survey regional geologic framework study along the Delmarva Peninsula

The U.S. Geological Survey initiated a research effort in 2014 to define the geologic framework of the Delmarva Peninsula inner continental shelf, which included new data collection and assembly of relevant extant datasets.

Pendleton, Elizabeth A.; Brothers, Laura L.; Thieler, E. Robert; Danforth, William W.; Parker, Castle E.
Pendleton, E.A., Brothers, L.L., Thieler, E.R., Danforth, W.W., and Parker, C.E., 2015, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic survey data used in a U.S. Geological Survey regional geologic framework study along the Delmarva Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1262, 18 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141262.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2013

Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin

Brothers, L.L.; Van Dover, C.L.; German, C.R.; Kaiser, C.L.; Yoerger, D.R.; Ruppel, C.D.; Lobecker, E.; Skarke, A.D.; Wagner, J.K.S.
Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin; 2013; Article; Journal; Geology; Brothers, L. L.; Van Dover, C. L.; German, C. R.; Kaiser, C. L.; Yoerger, D. R.; Ruppel, C. D.; Lobecker, E. ; Skarke, A. D.; Wagner, J. K. S.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2013

Cold-seep habitat mapping: high-resolution spatial characterization of the Blake Ridge Diapir seep field

Wagner, Jamie K.S.; McEntee, Molly H.; Brothers, Laura L.; German, Christopher R.; Kaiser, Carl L.; Yoerger, Dana R.; Van Dover, Cindy Lee
Cold-seep habitat mapping: high-resolution spatial characterization of the Blake Ridge Diapir seep field; 2013; Article; Journal; Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography; Wagner, Jamie K. S.; McEntee, Molly H.; Brothers, Laura L.; German, Christopher R.; Kaiser, Carl L.; Yoerger, Dana R.; Van Dover, Cindy Lee
[title_1]
Year Published: 2012

Minimum distribution of subsea ice-bearing permafrost on the US Beaufort Sea continental shelf

Brothers, Laura L.; Hart, Patrick E.; Ruppel, Carolyn D.
Minimum distribution of subsea ice-bearing permafrost on the US Beaufort Sea continental shelf; 2012; Article; Journal; Geophysical Research Letters; Brothers, Laura L.; Hart, Patrick E.; Ruppel, Carolyn D.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2012

Shallow stratigraphic control on pockmark distribution in north temperate estuaries

Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Andrews, Brian D.; Legere, Christine; Hughes-Clarke, John E.
Shallow stratigraphic control on pockmark distribution in north temperate estuaries; 2012; Article; Journal; Marine Geology; Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Andrews, Brian D.; Legere, Christine; Hughes-Clarke, John E.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2011

More than a century of bathymetric observations and present-day shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine, USA: implications for pockmark field longevity

Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Andrews, Brian D.; Maynard, Melissa Landon
More than a century of bathymetric observations and present-day shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine, USA: implications for pockmark field longevity; 2011; Article; Journal; Geo-Marine Letters; Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Andrews, Brian D.; Maynard, Melissa Landon
[title_1]
Year Published: 2011

Pockmarks: self-scouring seep features?

Brothers, Laura L.; Kelley, Joseph T.; Belknap, Daniel F.; Barnhardt, Walter A.; Koons, Peter O.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2011

More than a century of bathymetric observations and present-day shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine, USA: Implications for pockmark field longevity

Brothers, L.L.; Kelley, J.T.; Belknap, D.F.; Barnhardt, W.A.; Andrews, B.D.; Maynard, M.L.
More than a century of bathymetric observations and present-day shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine, USA: Implications for pockmark field longevity; 2011; Article; Journal; Geo-Marine Letters; Brothers, L. L.; Kelley, J. T.; Belknap, D. F.; Barnhardt, W. A.; Andrews, B. D.; Maynard, M. L.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2010

Automated feature extraction and spatial organization of seafloor pockmarks, Belfast Bay, Maine, USA

Andrews, B.D.; Brothers, L.L.; Barnhardt, W.A.
Automated feature extraction and spatial organization of seafloor pockmarks, Belfast Bay, Maine, USA; 2010; Article; Journal; Geomorphology; Andrews, B. D.; Brothers, L. L.; Barnhardt, W. A.