Joseph T. Kelley

Adjunct Professor of Geology and Oceanography  
Ph.D. Lehigh University  
Telephone: (207)581-2162  
Fax: (207)581-2202


I work for the Maine Geological Survey and am the State's marine geologist. I am based at Orono and conduct research here on Maine's coastline. My recent interests have concerned the response(s) of Maine's diverse coastal environments to rising sea level. I am especially involved with translating the results of my scientific research into sound public policies and practices. I am also very interested in mapping the seafloor of the Gulf of Maine with remote sensing devices and understanding the processes of involved with transport of sediment from the land to the sea. Of late I have begun to work on some of Maine's large lake systems and their geological history.


Selected Publications

Kelley, J.T., Kelley, A.R., Pilkey, O., 1989. (2nd edition due in 1995), Living with the Maine Coast. Duke University Press, 174 p.

Pilkey, O.H., Kelley, J.T., Morton, R.A., and Penland, S., 1989. Coastal Land Loss, Short Course Notes for the 28th International Geological Congress, Washington, D.C., Volume 2, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., 73 pp.

Kelley, J.T., Dickson, S.M., Belknap, D.F., and Stuckenrath, R., 1992. Sea-level change and the introduction of late Quaternary sediment to the southern Maine inner continental shelf, Wehmiller, J. and Fletcher, C., (eds.), Quaternary Coasts of the United States, Soc. Econ. Paleo. And Mineralogists, Spec. Pap. 48, p. 23-34.

Kelley, J.T., Dickson, S.M., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A., and Henderson, M., 1994. Giant sea-bed pockmarks: evidence for gas escape from Belfast Bay, Maine, Geology v. 22: 59-63.

Kelley, J.T., Gehrels, W.R., and Belknap, D.F., 1995. The geological development of tidal marshes at Wells, Maine, Journal of Coastal Research v. 11: 136-153.

Barnhardt, W.A., and Kelley, J.T., 1995. Carbonate accumulation on the inner continental shelf of Maine: a modern consequence of late Quaternary glaciation and sea-level change. Journal of Sedimentary Research v. A65, p. 195-207.