Gregg R. Brooks

Professor of Marine Science/Geosciences

Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory (GMSL) 133
Fax: 727.864.7699


  • Ph.D., Marine Geology, University of South Florida, 1986
  • M.S., Marine Geology, University of South Florida, 1981
  • B.S., Geology, Youngstown State University, 1978

Research interests

  • Geologic development of continental margins and the study of sediments and sedimentary processes in marine and coastal systems. Recent interests focus on high-resolution records of extreme events in coastal and marine deposits, including high-resolution geochronology of natural and anthropogenic impacts.
  • Research funding totaling over $5,000,000 over the past 10 years from NSF, USGS, Gulf of Mexico research Initiative (GoMRI) and a variety of other federal, state and local governmental agencies as well as private foundations. Actively supports 10-20 students/year on grant funded projects.
  • >60 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • 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).
  • 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).

Courses taught

  • Geological Oceanography
  • Marine Geology
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • Coastal Geology
  • Geology and Biology of the Bahamas
  • Coral Reef Environments: Belize, and Roatan
  • Tropical Marine Environments: Florida Keys, Roatan, US/British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia/The Grenadines, and Cuba (Winter Term)
  • Cultural and Natural Environments of the World (including travel): Southeastern Alaska, Australia, Tanzania, South Africa, Morocco, Fiji, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, US/British Virgin Islands, and Cuba (Winter Term)
  • Scientist at Sea

Selected publications

  • Diercks, A.R., Romero, I.C., Larson, R.A., Schwing, P.T., Harris, A., Bosman, S., Chanton, J.,    Brooks, G.R., In Review, Resuspension, redistribution and deposition of DwH oil-residues to offshore depocenters. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  • Brooks GR, Larson RA, Schwing PT, Diercks AR, Armenteros-Almanza M, Diaz-Asencio M, Martinez-Suarez A, Sánchez-Cabeza JA, Ruiz-Fernandez AC, Herguera Garcia JC, Perez-Bernal LH, Hollander DJ, 2020, Gulf of Mexico (GoM) bottom sediments and depositional processes: A baseline for future oil spills.  pp: 75-95, In: Murawski SA, Ainsworth C, Gilbert S, Hollander D, Paris CB, Schlüter M, Wetzel D (Eds.) Scenarios and Responses to Future Deep Oil Spills – Fighting the Next War.  Springer 542 pp.
  • Brooks, G. R., Larson, R. A., Schwing, P. T., Romero, I., Moore, C., Reichart, G-J., Jilbert, T., Chanton, J., Hastings, D., Hollander, D., 2015,  Sedimentation Pulse in the NE Gulf of Mexico Following the 2010 DWH Blowout, PlosOne. Vol. 10 (7), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132341
  • Brooks, G. R., Larson, R. A., Devine, B., Schwing, P. T., 2015, Annual- to millennial-scale record of sediment delivery to US Virgin Island coastal environments, The Holocene.
Professor Gregg Brooks