Larry Ward

Research Associate Professor of Earth Sciences

Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1978

Research Areas

Coastal geology, sedimentation

Research Emphasis

Larry Ward is a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Earth Sciences, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, and Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. He has a Ph. D. from the University of South Carolina (1978) in Marine Geology. Primary interests include estuarine, coastal, and inner shelf sedimentology and surficial processes. Teaching interests ranges from introductory geology and oceanography courses to graduate level coastal and estuarine sedimentology and surficial processes course.

Courses Taught

  • ESCI796/896: Nearshore Processes Univ.
  • ESCI796/896: Estuarine Sedimentologcal Processes
  • ESCI595: Introduction to Sedimentology
  • ESCI501: Introduction to Oceanography


Pe’eri, S., J.V. Gardner, L.G. Ward and J.R. Morrison. 2011. The seafloor: a key factor in
lidar bottom detection. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 49:1150-1157.                                                               

Grizzle, R.E., L.G. Ward, L.A. Mayer, M.A. Malik, A.B. Cooper, H.A. Abeels, J.K. Greene,
M.A. Brodeur and A.A. Rosenberg. 2009. Effects of a large fishing closure on benthic
communities in the western Gulf of Maine, USA: recovery from the effects of gillnets and otter
trawls. Fishery Bulletin 107: 308-317.

Ward, L.G., B.J. Zaprowski, K.D. Trainer and P.T. Davis. 2008. Stratigraphy, pollen history and
geochronology of tidal marshes in a Gulf of Maine estuarine system: climatic and relative sea
level impacts. Marine Geology 256:1-17, DOI:10.1016/j.margeo.208.08.004

Ericson, J.P., C.J. Vörösmarty, S.L. Dingman, L.G. Ward and M. Meybeck. 2006. Effective sealevel
rise in deltas: causes of change and human dimension implications. Global and Planetary
Change 50:63-82.

Ward, L.G. and F.L. Bub. 2005. Temporal variability in salinity, temperature and suspended
sediments in a Gulf of Maine Estuary (Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire). In: D.F. FitzGerald
and D.F. J. Knight (eds.), High Resolution Morphodynamics and Sedimentary Evolution of
Estuaries, p.115-142. Academic Press.

Grizzle, R.E., L.G. Ward, J.R. Adams, S.J. Dijkstra and B. Smith. 2005. Mapping and
characterizing oyster reefs using acoustic techniques, underwater videography, and quadrat
sampling. In: P.W. Barnes and J.P. Thomas (eds.), Benthic Habitats and the Effects of Fishing,
p.153-159. American Fisheries Society Symposium 41. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda,

Jakobsson, M., A. Armstrong, B. Calder, L. Huff, L. Mayer and L. Ward. 2005. On the use of
historical bathymetric data to determine changes in bathymetry. International Hydrographic
Review, Vol. 6, No. 3 (New Series), p. 25-41.

Ward, L.G. 2004. Variations in physical properties and water quality in the Webhannet River
Estuary (Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maine). Journal of Coastal Research


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
24 Colovos Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Estuarine Science
Geological Oceanography