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Josh Humberston

Ph.D. Student - Earth Sciences/Oceanography
Office 146E

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

603.862.1581 (tel)
603.862.0839 (fax)

Josh completed his B.S. in geology with a concentration in coastal and marine geosciences at the University of Delaware. Through a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and his senior thesis research project, he used naturally occurring radionuclides that adsorb to fine grain sediment to predict seasonal deposition patterns in the Delaware Estuary. He then completed an M.S. in oceanography at UNH through CCOM/JHC where his research focused on predicting surficial mud fraction in the Little Bay estuary using a statistical decomposition of single-beam sonar data. Following that, Josh spent some time on NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer as a hydrographer and then completed a year of Ph.D. work at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina where he worked analyzing radar observations of surface waves. Josh spent a summer working with the US Army Corps of Engineers at their Coastal and Hydraulics field facility in Duck, NC through the PATHWAYS program. Josh then received a SMART scholarship through the Department of Defense (DoD) and has returned to UNH to complete his Ph.D. in oceanography. His research will take an interdisciplinary approach to better explain shore-oblique sandbars: how and where form and how they evolve. He will also explore tidal inlet ebb-shoals evolution and the varying sediment pathways hosted in these systems.

Research Interests: coastal morphodynamics (sandbar and shoal evolution), coastal influence of ocean surface waves, coastal geologic influences, estuarine sediment dynamics, remote sensing (acoustic and X-band radar)