- B.A. Humboldt State University, Geology 1983
- B.S. Humboldt State University, Oceanography 1983
- M.S. North Carolina State University, Marine Geology 1985
- Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Marine Sedimentology 1990
Sedimentary processes on continental margins, processes of stratigraphic sequence formation, coastal and barrier island geology, rates and processes of shoreline change, Quaternary sea level history, coastal hazards and vulnerability assessments, anthropogenic impacts on the coastal zone, biological modification of the sedimentary record, benthic habitat assessment.