Marine Science

Marine Science

Gregg R. Brooks

Professor of Marine Science/Geosciences

Gregg R. BrooksMarine Geology
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 1986

Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
727-864-8992 (Office)
727-864-7699 (Fax)
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Research interests include the geologic development of continental margins and the study of sediments and sedimentary processes, associated anthropogenic impacts and event stratigraphy preserved in the coastal sedimentary record. (>40 peer-reviewed publications). Research funding (>$5,000,000 over the past 10 years) from NSF, USGS, and a variety of other federal, state and local governmental agencies as well as private foundations. Served as Editor on a Special Publication in Marine Geology, Neogene Geology of a linked coastal/inner shelf system: west-central Florida (2003). Served as Sedimentologist on ODP Leg 182, Great Australian Bight (1998). Current research projects include recent sedimentary development of TampaBay and CharlotteHarbor (both on Florida's west coast), the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the BP oil spill. Supervises labs for analysis of sediment texture and composition, and sediment geochronology (over past 100 years) using short-lived radioisotopes (Pb-210, Cs-137, Be-7, Th-234). Actively supports 10-20 students/year on grant funded projects.

Courses offered

Marine Geology; Sedimentation and Stratigraphy; Descriptive Physical Oceanography; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geology; Earth Materials; Coastal Geology; Earth Science; Scientific Writing; Tropical Marine Environments, Florida Keys; Geology and Biology of the Bahamas; Coral Reef Environments, Belize; Roatan; Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Southeastern Alaska, Australia, Africa, Morocco, Fiji.

Selected Recent Publications

Brooks, G.R. and Holmes, C.W., 2011, The west Florida continental slope, In, Gulf of Mexico, origin, waters, and marine life, Texas A&M Press, College Station, p. 129-139.

Brooks, G.R., 2011, Florida gulf coast estuaries: Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor, In, Gulf of Mexico, origin, waters, and marine life, Texas A&M Press, College Station, p. 73-87.

Van Soelen, E., Lammertsma, E., Cremer, H., Donders, T., Sangiorgi, F., Brooks, G., Larson, R., Sinninghe-Damste, J.S., Wagner-Cremer, W., Reichart, G., 2009, Late Holocene sea-level rise in Tampa Bay: Integrated reconstruction using biomarkers, pollen, organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts, and diatoms: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 86, p. 216-224.

Brooks, G.R., Devine, B., Larson, R.A. and Rood, B.P., 2007, Sedimentary development of Coral Bay, St. John, USVI: Natural and anthropogenic influences: Caribbean Journal of Science. V. 43, p. 226-243.

Brooks, G.R., Doyle, L.J., Suthard, B.C., Locker, S.D. and Hine, A.C., 2003, Facies architecture of the mixed carbonate/siliciclastic inner continental shelf of west-central Florida: implications for Holocene barrier development, in, Brooks, G.R. (ed.), Neogene Geology of a linked coastal/ inner shelf system: west-central Florida: Spec. Publ. In Marine Geology, v. 200, p. 325-349.

Brooks, G. R., Doyle, L.J., Davis, R.A., DeWitt, N.T. and Suthard, B.C., 2003, Patterns and controls of surface sediment distribution: west-central Florida inner shelf, in, Brooks, G.R. (ed.), Neogene Geology of a linked coastal/ inner shelf system: west-central Florida: Spec. Publ. In Marine Geology, v. 200, p. 307-324.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.