Joel Johnson

Associate Professor of Geology

Ph.D. Oregon State University 2004

Research  Areas

Marine geology, Quaternary sedimentology & stratigraphy

Research Emphasis

Prof. Johnson's research interests lie within the field of marine geology and have evolved from a background in traditional terrestrial geology, structural geology and tectonics, sedimentology, and oceanography. For more information, please visit his webpage at CEPS – Joel E. Johnson

Courses Taught

  • Freshman Field Seminar ESCI 400
  • Introduction to Oceanography ESCI 501
  • Sedimentology ESCI 754/854
  • Geotectonics (co-taught) ESCI 756/856
  • Optical Mineralogy and Petrography (co-taught) ESCI 614
  • Advance Seminar in Oceanography (co-taught) ESCI 993
  • Graduate Seminar in Earth Sciences ESCI 997
  • Grand Canyon Seminar (co-taught) ESCI 796-7/896-7
  • Earth Systems Science for Teachers (co-taught) ESCI 795
  • Research Techniques in Earth System Science for Teachers (co-taught) ESCI 895


  • Johnson, J.E., Paull, C.K., and Ussler, W., in revision 2011. Holocene Fan Channel Bend Facies and Event Recurrence on the Monterey Fan, offshore Central California. GSA Bulletin
  • Phillips, S.C., Johnson, J.E., Miranda, E., Disenhof, C., 2011, Improving CHN measurements in carbonate-rich marine sediments. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, vol 9, pp. 194-203, DOI 10:4319/lom.2011.9.194.
  • Johnson, J.E., Solway, D., Disenhof, C., Torres, M.E., Hong, W-L., Rose, K., 2010, Identifying Slope Failure Deposits from a Potentially Mixed Magnetic Susceptibility Signal in Gas Hydrate Bearing Regions. Fire in the Ice, The National Energy Technology Laboratory Methane Hydrate Newsletter.
  • Paull, C.K., Ussler III, W., Holbrook, W.S., Hill, T.M., Haflidason, H., Winters, W., Lorenson, T., Aiello, I., Johnson, J.E., and Lundsten, E., 2010. The tail of the Storegga Slide: insights from the geochemistry and sedimentology of the Norwegian Basin Deposits. Sedimentology, 57, pp. 1409-1429, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2010.01150.x.
  • Paull, C.K., Schlining, B., Ussler, W. III, Lundsten, E., Barry, J.P., Caress, D.W., Johnson, J.E., and McGann, M., 2010. Submarine Mass Transport Within Monterey Canyon: Benthic Disturbance Controls on the Distribution of Chemosynthetic Biological Communities. In D.C. Mosher et al (eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, vol. 28, Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2010.
  • Gutierrez-Pastor, J., Nelson, C.H., Goldfinger, C., Johnson, J.E., Escutia, C., Eriksson, A., Morey, A.E., and Shipboard Scientific Party, 2009. Earthquake Control of Holocene Turbidite Frequency Confirmed by Hemipelagic Sedimentation Chronology on the Cascadia and Northern California Active Continental Margins. In: External Controls on Deep-Water Depositional Systems SEPM Special Publication No. 92 (CD version), Copyright © 2009 SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), ISBN 978-1-56576-200-8, p. 179–197.
  • Goldfinger, C., Grijalva, K., Bürgmann, R. Morey, A.E., Johnson, J.E., Nelson, C.H., Gutiérrez-Pastor, J., Ericsson, A., Karabanov, E., Chaytor, J.D., Patton, J., and Gràcia, E., 2008, Late Holocene Rupture of the Northern San Andreas Fault and Possible Stress Linkage to the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 98 (2), 861-889, doi: 10.1785/0120060411.
  • Paull, C.K., Ussler, W. III, Holbrook, S.W., Hill, T.M., Keaten, R., Mienert, J., Haflidason, H., Johnson, J.E., Winters, W.J., and Lorenson, T.D., 2007, Origin of pockmarks and chimney structures on the flanks of the Storegga Slide, offshore Norway. Geo-Marine Letters, DOI 10.1007/s00367-007-0088-9.
  • Goldfinger, C., Morey, A., Nelson, C. Hans, Gutierrez-Pastor, J., Johnson, J.E., Karabanov, E., Chaytor, J., Eriksson, A., 2007, Rupture lengths and temporal history of significant earthquakes on the offshore and north coast segments of the Northern San Andreas Fault based on turbidite stratigraphy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 254:9-27.
  • Johnson, J.E., Goldfinger, C., Tréhu, A.M., Bangs, N.L.B., Torres, M.E., and Chevallier. J., 2006, North-South Variability in the History of Deformation and Fluid Venting Across Hydrate Ridge, Cascadia Margin. In Tréhu, A.M., Bohrmann, G., Torres, M.E., and Colwell, F.S. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 204 [Online]. http:/
  • Chevallier, J., Tréhu, A.M., Bangs, N.L., Johnson, J.E., and Meyer, H. J., 2006, Seismic sequence stratigraphy and Tectonic Evolution of Southern Hydrate Ridge. In Tréhu, A.M., Bohrmann, G., Torres, M.E., and Colwell, F.S. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 204 [Online]. Available at:
  • Tréhu, A.M., Bohrmann, G., Rack, F.R., Collett, T.S., Goldberg, D.S., Long, P.E., Milkov, A.V., Riedel, M., Bangs, N.L., Barr, S.R., Borowski, W.S., Claypool, G.E., Delwiche, M.E., Dickens, G.R., Gracia, E., Guerin, G., Holland, M., Johnson, J.E., Lee, Y-J, Liu, C-S, Schultheiss, P., Su, X., Teichert, B., Tomaru, H., Torres, M.E., Vanneste, M., Watanabe, M., and Weinberger, J.L., 2004, Three-dimensional distribution of gas hydrate beneath southern Hydrate Ridge: constraints from ODP Leg 204. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 222:845-862.
  • Tréhu, A.M., Flemings, P.B., Bangs, N.L., Chevallier, J., Gracia, E., Johnson, J.E., Liu, C.-S., Liu, X., Riedel, M., and Torres, M.E., 2004 Feeding methane vents and gas hydrate deposits at south Hydrate Ridge. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 31, L23310, doi:10.1029/2004GL021286.
  • Johnson, J.E., Goldfinger, C., and Suess, E., 2003. Geophysical constraints on the surface distribution of authigenic carbonates across the Hydrate Ridge region, Cascadia margin. Marine Geology, 202 (1-2) 79-120.
  • Goldfinger, C. Nelson, C.H., and Johnson, J.E., 2003, Deep-Water Turbidites as Holocene Earthquake Proxies: The Cascadia Subduction Zone and Northern San Andreas Fault Systems. Annals of Geophysics, 46(5), 1169-1194.
  • Goldfinger, C., Nelson, C.H., and Johnson, J.E., 2003, Holocene Earthquake Records From the Cascadia Subduction Zone and Northern San Andreas Fault Based on Precise Dating of Offshore Turbidites Annual Reviews Earth and Planetary Science, vol. 31, 555-577.

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Department of Earth Sciences
James Hall
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Geological Oceanography