John W. King

Dr. John W. King obtained his undergraduate degree in special studies at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA in 1975. His degree combined biology, geology, and chemistry. He then obtained his PhD in geology from the University of Minnesota in 1983. After a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at Minnesota, King arrived at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island in 1984. He has been a faculty member at URI since that time. King specializes in sediment-based studies of environmental change including paleoclimate studies, and pollution studies. Areas of expertise include paleomagnetism, palynology, and trace metal geochemistry. Mapping is a necessary prerequisite for selecting suitable sites for sediment coring or drilling so during the last 15 years he has added areas of expertise in environmental mapping including habitat and subbottom sonar mapping. He served a major role in projects of local interest including mapping the habitats and stratigraphy of Narragansett Bay and in the RI Ocean SAMP (Special Area Management Plan), contributing to the siting and installation of the wind farm off of Block Island. Interests include geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, environmental mapping, sedimentology, paleoclimate studies, sediment core studies, coastal and marine habitat and ecosystem studies, trace metal geochemistry, pollution studies, and how global climate change affects localities and communities.