Larry Ward

Larry Ward

Earth Sciences
Phone: (603) 862-2337
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 215, Durham, NH 03824

Larry Ward 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.

Dr. Ward's most recent research has focused on estuarine sedimentological processes and depositional environments, coastal geomorphology and erosion, the physical characteristics of inner shelf bottom habitats, and the stratigraphy, sea level history and Holocene evolution of nearshore marine systems.

Teaching interests ranges from introductory geology and oceanography courses to graduate level coastal and estuarine sedimentology and surficial processes course.

Dr. Ward is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and is a member of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 869: Marine Geosci for Hydrography
  • ESCI 896: Top/Geol Oce Hydro Surveyors


  • Ph.D., Marine Technology, University of South Carolina
  • M.S., Marine Technology, University of South Carolina
  • B.A., Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Selected Publications

  • Rogers, J. N., Parrish, C. E., Ward, L. G., & Burdick, D. M. (2015). Evaluation of field-measured vertical obscuration and full waveform lidar to assess salt marsh vegetation biophysical parameters. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 156, 264-275. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2014.09.035

  • Grizzle, R. E., Ward, L. G., Fredriksson, D. W., Irish, J. D., Langan, R., Heinig, C. S., . . . Eberhardt, A. L. (2014). Long-term seafloor monitoring at an open ocean aquaculture site in the western Gulf of Maine, USA: Development of an adaptive protocol. MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 88(1-2), 129-137. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.09.014

  • Pe'eri, S., Gardner, J. V., Ward, L. G., & Morrison, J. R. (2011). The Seafloor: A Key Factor in Lidar Bottom Detection. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, 49(3), 1150-1157. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2010.2070875

  • Grizzle, R. E., Ward, L. G., Mayer, L. A., Malik, M. A., Cooper, A. B., Abeels, H. A., . . . Rosenberg, A. A. (2009). Effects of a large fishing closure on benthic communities in the western Gulf of Maine: recovery from the effects of gillnets and otter trawls. FISHERY BULLETIN, 107(3), 308-317. Retrieved from

  • Most Cited Publications