David Divins

David Divins

Associate Director, EOS
Phone: (603) 862-0322
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 305, Durham, NH 03824

David Divins is the Associate Director the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (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 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.


  • Ph.D., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), Texas A & M University
  • B.A., Biology, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Marine and Ocean Sciences
  • Methane
  • Oceanography
  • Oceans and Seas

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, J. E., MacLeod, D. R., Phillips, S. C., Phillips, M. P., & Divins, D. L. (2022). Primary deposition and early diagenetic effects on the high saturation accumulation of gas hydrate in a silt dominated reservoir in the Gulf of Mexico. MARINE GEOLOGY, 444. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2021.106718

  • 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 AND ENGINEERING DATA, 60(2), 319-329. doi:10.1021/je500604h

  • Virden, W., Habermann, T., Glover, G., Divins, D., Sharman, G., Fox, C., & IEEE. (2004). Multibeam bathymetric data at NOAA/NGDC. In OCEANS '04 MTS/IEEE TECHNO-OCEAN '04, VOLS 1- 2, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, VOLS. 1-4 (pp. 1159-1162). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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), 14015-14021. doi:10.1029/jb091ib14p14015

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