James Gardner

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Phone: (603) 862-3473
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 153, Durham, NH 03824
Jim Gardner

James Gardner is a research professor with a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics. He completed his thesis on the paleoceanography of the eastern Equatorial Atlantic in 1973. Since joining the Center in 2003, he has been in charge of the U.S. Law of the Sea Bathymetry Project and has conducted mapping in all of the areas of U.S. interest except the Arctic Ocean. This involves planning and conducting mapping cruises, processing the data during each cruise for bathymetry and acoustic backscatter and archiving the data on the CCOM-JHC Law of the Sea website and at NOAA/NGDC.
His research interests are in investigating the morphology of continental margins and adjacent deep-ocean basins. He speculates on the sedimentary processes that contributed to the evolution of the deep-sea landscapes.
Dr. Gardner is currently working with various panels of the U.S. State Department’s ECS Task Force to compile the bathymetric evidence for extended continental shelves on U.S. continental margins.
In addition to leading all non-Arctic US Law of the Sea bathymetry cruises , Jim is also involved in research methods to extract meaningful geological information from multibeam acoustic backscatter through ground truth and advanced image analysis methods.
Jim was honored by the SEPM/Society of Sedimentary Geology in 2012 by receiving the Francis P. Shepard Medal for Sustained Excellence in Marine Geology.


  • Ph.D., Geological/Geophysical Eng., Columbia University
  • M.A., Geology/Earth Science, Columbia University
  • B.S., Geology/Earth Science, San Diego State Univ

Selected Publications

Mosher, D. C., Campbell, D. C., Gardner, J. V., Piper, D. J. W., Chaytor, J. D., & Rebesco, M. (2017). The role of deep-water sedimentary processes in shaping a continental margin: The Northwest Atlantic. Marine Geology, 393, 245-259. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2017.08.018

Gardner, J. V., & Mayer, L. A. (2016). Chatham Fan and adjacent upper Baranof Fan channels and levee, US Gulf of Alaska margin. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46(1), 387-388. doi:10.1144/m46.18

Mayer, L. A., & Gardner, J. V. (2016). Cascades and plunge pools on the continental slope of the Gulf of Alaska. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46(1), 389-390. doi:10.1144/m46.20

Gardner, J. V., Armstrong, A. A., & Calder, B. R. (2016). Hatteras Transverse Canyon, Hatteras Outer Ridge and environs of the U.S. Atlantic margin: A view from multibeam bathymetry and backscatter. Marine Geology, 371, 18-32. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2015.10.015

Mayer, L. A., Gardner, J. V., & Armstrong, A. A. (2016). An ultrahigh-latitude submarine channel: Northern Chukchi Rise. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 46(1), 391-392. doi:10.1144/m46.19

Jakobsson, M., Mayer, L., Coakley, B., Dowdeswell, J. A., Forbes, S., Fridman, B., . . . Weatherall, P. (2012). The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) Version 3.0. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(12), n/a. doi:10.1029/2012gl052219

Hovland, M., Gardner, J. V., & Judd, A. G. (2002). The significance of pockmarks to understanding fluid flow processes and geohazards. Geofluids, 2(2), 127-136. doi:10.1046/j.1468-8123.2002.00028.x

Gardner, J. V., Prior, D. B., & Field, M. E. (1999). Humboldt Slide — a large shear-dominated retrogressive slope failure. Marine Geology, 154(1-4), 323-338. doi:10.1016/s0025-3227(98)00121-2

Dean, W. E., Gardner, J. V., & Piper, D. Z. (1997). Inorganic geochemical indicators of glacial-interglacial changes in productivity and anoxia on the California continental margin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 61(21), 4507-4518. doi:10.1016/s0016-7037(97)00237-8

Field, M. E., Gardner, J. V., Jennings, A. E., & Edwards, B. D. (1982). Earthquake-induced sediment failures on a 0.25° slope, Klamath River delta, California. Geology, 10(10), 542. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(1982)10<542:esfoas>2.0.co;2

Most Cited Publications