J.P. Walsh, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Program Head, Coastal Processes, UNC-CSI
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina University
Graham 301B, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Website: SSTORM RESEARCH
Ph.D. 2001, Geological Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.S. 1997, Marine Science, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
B.A. 1995, Geology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
J.P. Walsh is a geological oceanographer. He is joint appointed between the Department of Geological Sciences and the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at ECU, where he has been a faculty member since 2004. Generally, his research is focused on how materials from land are dispersed and accumulate in the ocean. He uses sediment characteristics, oceanographic measurements, and geophysical methods to understand the processes shaping the seafloor. This work is important in examining the fate of pollutants, evaluating ecosystem dynamics, extracting resources and defining coastal hazards. Walsh is actively involved in research projects in New Zealand, Puerto Rico, the Gulf of Mexico, and North Carolina. He joined the faculty of UNC-CSI in January of 2012.
Current Research Projects
Signature of the 2011 Flooding on the Mississippi Subaqueous Delta, National Science Foundation
Estuarine Shoreline Mapping: Creating a Digital Shoreline for the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System. NC Division of Coastal Management.
Attacking Coastal Hazards of Coastal North Carolina, NC-Renaissance Computing Institute, RENCI
Formation, Reworking and Accumulation of Sedimentary Deposits, Waipaoa River Shelf, New Zealand. National Science Foundation MARGINS Program.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Cowart, L., Corbett, D.R. and J.P. Walsh. 2011. Shoreline Change along Sheltered Coastlines:Insights from the Neuse River Estuary, NC, USA, Remote Sensing, 3(7):1516-1534.
Cowart, L., Walsh, J.P. and D.R. Corbett. 2010. Analyzing Estuarine Shoreline Change: A Case Study of Cedar Island, NC. Journal of Coastal Research, 6(5): 817-830.
Alexander, C.R., Walsh, J.P. and A.R. Orpin. 2010. Modern sediment dispersal and accumulation on the outer Poverty continental margin. Marine Geology, 270: 213-226.
Ryan, K.E., Walsh, J.P., Corbett, D.R., Dail, M.B., Nittrouer J. and A. Winter. 2009. Modern sedimentation in a mixed siliciclastic-carbonate coral reef environment, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science, 45 (2-3), 151-157
Corbett, D.R., Walsh, J.P., and K. Marciniak. 2009. Temporal and spatial variability in the trace metals of two adjacent tributaries of the Neuse River Estuary, NC. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58:1739-165.
Walsh, J.P. and C.A. Nittrouer. 2009. Towards an Understanding of Fine-grained River Sediment Dispersal on Continental Margins. Marine Geology, 263: 34-45.
Riggs, S.R., Ames, D.V., Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R. and Walsh, J.P. 2009. Eye of a human hurricane: Pea Island, Oregon Inlet and Bodie Island, northern Outer Banks, North Carolina; In Identifying America's Most Vulnerable Oceanfront Communities: A Geological Perspective", eds., J.T. Kelley, R.S. Yong and O.H. Pilkey. Geological Society of America Special Publication.
Walsh, J.P. and P. Ridd 2009. The Fly River delta: a convolver of fluvial, marine and geological processes. In: B. Bolten (Editor), The Fly River, Papua New Guinea: environmental studies in an impacted tropical system, Developments in Earth & Environmental Sciences, 9, Elsevier, Burlington, MA, pp.154-176. doi:10.1016/S1571-9197(08)00404-7.
Ryan, K.E., Walsh, J.P., Corbett, D.R., and A. Winter. 2008. A record of recent change in terrestrial sedimentation, La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 6: 1177-1183.
Walsh, J.P., C.R. Alexander, T. Gerber, A.R. Orpin, and B.W. Sumners. 2007. Demise of a submarine canyon? Evidence for highstand infilling on the Waipaoa River continental margin, New Zealand, Geophysical Research Letters, 34: L20606, doi: 10.1029/2007GL031142.
Walsh, J.P., Corbett, R., Mallinson, D., Goni, M. Dail, C. Loewy, K. Marciniak, K. Ryan, C. Smith, A. Stevens, B. Sumners and T. Tesi. 2006. Mississippi Delta Mudflow Activity and 2005 Hurricanes, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(44): 477-488, doi: 10.1029/2006EO440002.
Walsh, J.P., Nittrouer, C.A., Palinkas, C., Ogston, A.S., Sternberg, R.W. and G.J. Brunskill. 2004. Clinoform mechanics in the Gulf of Papua, New Guinea. Continental Shelf Research, 24:2487-2510.
Walsh, J.P. and C.A. Nittrouer. 2003. Contrasting styles of off-shelf sediment accumulation in New Guinea. Marine Geology, 196:105-125.