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Daniel Belknap

Emeritus Professor, Climate Change Institute & School of Earth and Climate Sciences

Daniel Belknap

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111 Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME  0446-5741

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary, combining stratigraphy, sedimentology, Quaternary paleoclimates and geoarchaeology. My main research themes have included sea-level change, coastal plain stratigraphy, deglaciation on the Gulf of Maine, and coastal geoarchaeology. Present studies include nearshore and inner shelf sedimentation and stratigraphy, coastal sediment processes and geomorphology, salt marsh environments, and effects of deglacial isostasy on coastal and lake systems. The University of Maine marine sedimentology working group has a suite of primary research tools including seismic reflection profilers, side-scan sonar, vibracorers, sedimentology laboratory, and acoustic current meters. A new departure this year will be the addition of Ground Penetrating Radar to our suite of equipment.


  • Balco, G., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1998, Glacioisostasy and lake-level change, Moosehead Lake, Maine: Quaternary Research, J-43*, v. 49, p. 157-170.
  • Barnhardt, W.A., Kelley, J.T., Dickson, S.M. and Belknap, D.F., 1998, Mapping the Gulf of Maine with side-scan sonar: a new bottom-type classification for complex seafloors: Journal of Coastal Research, J-42*, v. 14, p. 646-659.
  • Cooper, J.A.G., Kelley, J.T. and Belknap, D.F., 1998, New seismic stratigraphic and side-scan sonar evidence for a sea level lowstand off the northern coast of Ireland: a preliminary appraisal: Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 26 (Supplement),
    J-44*. p. 129-133.
  • Bacchus, T.S. and Belknap, D.F., 1997, Glacigenic features and shelf basin stratigraphy of the eastern Gulf of Maine: In: T.A. Davis et al., eds., Glaciated Continental Margins: An Atlas of Acoustic Images, Chapman-Hall Pub. Co., New York,C-37*, p. 213-216.
  • Balco, G.A., Belknap, D.F., and Kelley, J. T., 1997, Paleoclimatic implications of Holocene lake-level fluctuations, Owasco Lake, New York: Comment: Geology, J-39*, v. 25, p. 383.
  • Barnhardt, W.A., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1997, Stratigraphic evolution of the inner continental shelf in response to late Quaternary relative sea-level change, northwestern Gulf of Maine: Geological Society of America Bulletin, J-40*, v. 109, p. 612-630. May.
  • Gehrels, W.R., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1996, Integrated high-precision analyses of Holocene relative sea-level changes along the coast of Maine: Geological Society of America Bulletin,J-36*, v. 108, p. 1073-1088
  • Plag, H-P., Wingfield, R.A., Austin, W., Belknap, D.F., Devoy, R.J.N., England, J., Josenhans, H., Peacock, J.D., Petersen, K.S., Rokoengen, K., Scourse, J.D., Smith, R.T.R., 1996, Glacial-interglacial sea-level changes in four dimensions: ESF Conference review paper, Terra Nova, J-37*, v. 8, p. 213-222.
  • van Heteren, S., FitzGerald, D.M., Barber, D.C., Kelley, J.T., and Belknap, D.F., 1996, Volumetric analysis of a New England barrier system using ground-penetrating-radar and coring techniques: Journal of Geology, J-38*, v. 104, p. 471-483.
  • Sandweiss, D.H., Maasch, K.A., Belknap, D.F., Richardson, J.B., III, and Rollins, H.B., 1998, Discussion of: Lisa E. Wells, 1996. The Santa Beach Ridge Complex, Journal of Coastal Research, 12 (1), 1-17: Journal of Coastal Research, J-41*, v. 14, p. 367-373.
  • Barnhardt, W.A., Gehrels, W.R., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1995, Late Quaternary relative sea-level change in the western Gulf of Maine: evidence for a migrating glacial forebulge: Geology, J-34*, v. 23, p. 317-320.
  • Gehrels, W.R., Belknap, D.F., Pearce, B.R. and Gong, B., 1995, Modeling the contribution of M2 tidal amplification to the Holocene rise of mean high water in the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy: Marine Geology, J-35*, v. 124, p. 71-85. Special Issue: International Geological Correlation Programme 274 "Coastal Evolution in the Quaternary"
  • Kelley, J.T., Gehrels, W.R. and Belknap, D.F., 1995, Late Holocene relative sea-level rise and the geologic development of tidal marshes at Wells, Maine, U.S.A., Journal of Coastal Research, J-33*, v. 11, p. 136-153.
  • Barnhardt, W.A., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1994, The isostatic component of postglacial relative sea-level change in coastal Maine, USA: Proceedings, Littoral 94, 2 nd Intl. Symposium, European Coastal Zone Association for Science and Technology, Lisbon, 26-29 Sept., C-34, p. 91-97.
  • Belknap, D.F., 1995, Geoarchaeology in central coastal Maine, Appendix 5, In: Bourque, B.J., Diversity and Complexity in Prehistoric Maritime Societies: A Gulf of Maine Perspective: New York, Plenum Press, C-36*, p. 275-296.
  • Kelley, J.T., Dickson, S.M., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A. and Henderson, M.R., 1994, Giant seabed pockmarks: evidence for gas escape from Belfast Bay, Maine: Geology, J-30*, v. 22, p. 59-62.
  • Hine, A.C., Harris, M.W., Locker, S.D., Hallock, P., Peebles, M., Tedesco, L., Mullins, H.T., Snyder, S.W., Belknap, D.F., Gonzales, J.L., Neumann, A.C., and Martinez, J., 1994, Sedimentary infilling of an open seaway: Bawhika Channel, Nicaraguan Rise: Journal of Sedimentary Research, J-31*, v. B64, p. 2-25.
  • Petersen, J.B., Robinson, B.S., Belknap, D.F., Stark, J. and Kaplan, L.K., 1994, An Archaic and Woodland Period fish weir complex in central Maine: Archaeology of Eastern North America: J-32*, v. 22, p. 197-222.
  • Kelley, J.T., Barnhardt, W.A., Belknap, D.F. and Dickson, S.M., 1994, The origins of giant gas-escape pockmarks in estuaries: Proceedings, Littoral 94, 2nd Intl. Symposium, European Coastal Zone Association for Science and Technology, Lisbon, 26-29 Sept., C-35, p. 201-215.
  • Belknap, D.F., Kraft, J.C. and Dunn, R.K., 1994, Transgressive valley-fill lithosomes: Delaware and Maine: In: Boyd, R., Zaitlin, B.A. and Dalrymple, R., eds., Incised Valley Fill Systems, SEPM Special Pub. 51, C-33*, p. 303-320.
  • Gehrels, W.R., Belknap, D.F. and Kelley, J.T., 1993, Holocene isostasy along the coast of Maine, USA: Proceedings, IGCP-274 Final Meeting, Sept. 15-18, 1993, Oostduinkerke, Belgium, C-31, p. 38-41.
  • Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., and FitzGerald, D.M., 1993, Sea-level change, coastal processes, and shoreline development in northern New England: Field Trip Guidebook for the Northeastern United States, 1993 Boston Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, C-32, p. G1-G30.
  • Gehrels, W.R. and Belknap, D.F., 1993, Neotectonic history of eastern Maine evaluated from historic sea-level data and 14C dates on salt marsh peats: Geology, J-29*, v. 21, p. 615-618.


Ph.D. University of Delaware

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