Department of Geology

Mark R. Boardman

Mark R. BoardmanMark R. Boardman


Ph.D. (1978) University of North Carolina
116 Shideler Hall

My research is centered on modern carbonate sediments and climate change (sea level). In particular, I ask questions about the response of coastal depositional climates to changes in sea level, energy and climate. In way ways does the density of seagrass control the accumulation of lime mud, control the species composition of mollusks, and control sand movement into and out of seagrass meadows? What controls the migration behavior of tidal channels in sand shoals? How quickly do tidal channels fill with sediment? What diagenetic effects occur on the sea floor? Which occur immediately after subaerial exposure? Answers to directed questions such as these provide insights into the processes which shape our world today and which likely shape our world in the past.

Possible thesis/dissertation topics:

  • Climate indicators in coral skeletons.
  • Paleostorm evidence in Pleistocene Coral Reef lithologies.
  • Lagoon depositional processes and seagrass density.

Current/recent graduate student research:

  • Carbon budget of a Pleistocene aquifer.
  • Bacterial communities in Andros Island aquifer.
  • Pleistocene sea-level fluctuations revealed in coastal rock cores.
  • Influence of seagrass communities on mollusc communities.
  • Death assemblage of seagrass mollusc communities.

Selected Publications:

Whaylen, L., Pattengill-Semmens, C.V., Semmens, B.X., Bush, P.G. and Boardman, M.R. (2004) Observations of a Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) Spawning Aggregation Site in Little Cayman, Cayman Islands, Including Multi-Species Spawning Information: Environmental Biology of Fishes.

Ritize, R.W., Jr., Bukowski, J.M., Carney, C., and Boardman, M.R. (2001) Explaining the thinness of the fresh water lens in the Pleistocene carbonate aquifer on Andros Island, Bahamas: GroundWater, v. 39(5):713-720.

Boardman, M.R. and Carney, C.K. (2000) Joulters Cays and North Andros Island, Bahama: Bahamian Field Station, San Salvador, Bahamas. 48 pp. ISBN 0-935909-68-0.

Boardman, M.R. (1998) Understanding Forever, in Dragonfly Teacher's Companion, National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA. November 1998.

Wolfe, P.J., Jacob, L., Hodl, S., Carney, C. and Boardman, M.R. (1997) Resistivity, oolites and a fresh water lens: Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Bell, R.S. (Ed): Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, p. 645-656.

Selected Grants:

  • National Science Foundation 1994 (with Hughes, Cantrell, Finley and Morton)
    Acquisition of an automated x-ray powder diffractometer.
  • National Science Foundation 1990 - 1993 (with R.H. Cummins)
    Taphonomic perspectives of carbonate sedimentation, Graham's Harbor
  • National Science Foundation 1990 - 1993 (with R.H. Cummins)
    REU addition to NSF project.

Teaching Interests:

GLG 244 - Oceanography
GLG 401/501 - Global Climate Change
GLG 414/514 - Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
GLG 415/515 - Coral Reef Ecology
GLG 444/544 - Oceanography for Teachers
GLG 491/591 - Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GLG 614 - Carbonate Depositional Systems
GLG 760 - Advanced Carbonate Sedimentology

For complete descriptions of courses please click here.

Please email Dr. Boardman for more information on his research.

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