David Divins

Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)
Executive Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
Affiliate Research Professor, Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory

David is the Associate Director the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), the Executive Director for the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE), and an affiliate Research Professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL) of EOS.

He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a Specialization in Marine Science from Boston University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Oceanography (Geology and Geophysics) from Texas A&M University in 1991.

David is a marine geophysicist focused on seafloor mapping and geomorphology, subsurface imaging and sediment thickness, and methane hydrates. He worked for 9 years with at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and 6 years in the Marine Geology and Geophysics division at the National Centers for Environmental Information in Boulder CO. During this time he was involved in many international bathymetric mapping projects, global sediment thickness mapping, as well as bathymetric mapping and geomorphology in the Great Lakes.

Prior to his arrival at UNH, David served as Vice President and Director of Ocean Drilling Programs at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC where he managed the Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (now called the International Ocean Discovery Program) for 10 years.

Dr. Divins is currently working as part of a research team led by The University of Texas at Austin to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico. The heart of this project is to acquire intact samples so that we can better understand how to produce these deposits in the future.

Select Publications:

Collett, T., Bahk, J. -J., Baker, R., Boswell, R., Divins, D., Frye, M., . . . Torres, M. (2015). Methane Hydrates in Nature—Current Knowledge and Challenges. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 60(2), 319-329. doi:10.1021/je500604h

Divins., Myers, G., Collett, T., Bahk, J. J., Frye, M., Goldberg, D., . . . Torres, M. (2013). Marine Methane Hydrate Field Research Plan. Washington, DC: Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Retrieved from http://oceanleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MH_Science_Plan_Final.pdf

Divins, D. L., & Myers, G. (2013). Methane Hydrate Community Workshop Report. Washington, DC: Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Retrieved from http://oceanleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MH_Workshop_Rpt_Final.pdf

Myers, G., & Divins. (2013). Historical Methane Hydrate Project Review Report. Washington, DC: Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Retrieved from http://oceanleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/COL_DOE_GH_Review-part1_Final.pdf

Divins, D. L., & Eakins, B. (2003). Total Sediment Thickness Map for the Southeast Pacific Ocean. In G. B. Udintsev (Ed.), International Geological-Geophysical Atlas of the Pacific Ocean (pp. 126-127). St. Petersburg, Russia: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (of UNESCO).

Divins, D. L. (2003). Total Sediment Thickness of the World's Oceans & Marginal Seas. Retrieved from https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/sedthick/sedthick.html

Holcombe, T. L., Warren, J. S., Reid, D. F., Virden, W. T., & Divins, D. L. (2001). Small Rimmed Depression in Lake Ontario: An Impact Crater?. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 27(4), 510-517. doi:10.1016/S0380-1330(01)70664-8

Holcombe, T. L., & Moore, C. J. (2000). Data Sources, Management, and Presentation (Section on Sediment Thickness). In Continental Shelf Limits The Scientific and Legal Interface. Oxford University Press on Demand.

Pratson, L. F., Divins, D. L., Butler, T., Metzger, D., Steele, M., Sharman, G. F., . . . Ramos, R. (1999). Development of an Elevation Database for the US Coastal Zone. Surveying and Land Information Systems, 59, 3-13.

Pratson, L. F., Divins, D. L., Butler, T., Metzger, D., Steele, M., Sharman, G. F., . . . Ramos, R. (1999). Exposing the US Coastal Zone,. EOS Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, (80/37).

Sharman, G. F., Metzger, D., Campagnoli, J., Butler, T., Berggren, T., Divins, D. L., & Steele, M. (1998). GEODAS: A Hydro/Bathy Data Management System. Surveying and Land Information Systems, 58, 141-146.

Holcombe, T. L., Reid, D. F., & Divins, D. L. (1998). New bathymetry of the Great Lakes being compiled as part of NOAA's Great Lakes data rescue program. Unknown Journal, 6(1), 10-11. Retrieved from https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/media/pdf/esm/ESM_DEC96vol7no2.pdf

Divins, D. L., Holcombe, T. L., Reid, D. F., & Viets, P. W. (1996). New lakefloor maps of the Great Lakes. Unknown Journal, 7(2), 5 pages. Retrieved from https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/media/pdf/esm/ESM_DEC96vol7no2.pdf

Divins, D. L., & Rabinowitz, P. D. (1994). Total sediment thickness map for the South Atlantic Ocean. In G. B. Udintsev (Ed.), International Geological and Geophysical Atlas of the Atlantic Ocean (pp. 147-148). Ministry of Geology of the USSR, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, GUGK USSR: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Austin, J. A., & Divins, D. L. (1986). Sediment sound-velocity provinces in the Cape Basin: New results using multichannel seismic reflection profiles. Journal of Geophysical Research, 91(B14), 14015. doi:10.1029/JB091iB14p14015

Divins, D. L. (1991, August). A tectonic history for cretaceous quiet zone crust in the South Atlantic Ocean. (PhD Thesis).

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Phone: 
603.862.0858

Morse Hall, Suite 305
8 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Ocean and Seafloor Mapping
Sedimentology
Methan Hydrates