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John W. King
Professor of Oceanography
South Lab/Middleton Building

Educational Background

Ph.D., Geology
B.A., Special Studies-Bio., Chem.
University of Minnesota
Franklin and Marshall College

Areas of Specialization


John King's current research interests include geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, sedimentology, paleoclimatic studies,sediment core logging, coastal and marine habitat and ecosystem studies, trace metal geochemistry, pollution studies.


John King teaches a graduate course in Environmental Magnetism and High-Resolution Quaternary Climate Studies, as well as graduate courses in Geological Oceanography and Introduction to Marine Pollution.


Numerous talks and presentations to the general public on global and local impacts of climate change.


Cameron Morissette
Nathan Vinhateiro
Dane Sheldon
Monique LaFrance
Steven Smith
Emily Shumchenia
Marisa Guarinello
Junsheng Nie
Clifford Heil
Christopher DiPerna
Junsheng Nie
Mark Cantwell
J. Bradford Hubeny
M.S. candidate
Ph.D. candidate
M.S. candidate




Cantwell, M. G., B. A. Wilson, J. Zhu, G. T. Wallace, J. W. King, C. R. Olsen, R. M. Burgess, and J. P. Smith, 2010 "Temporal trends of triclosan contamination in dated sediment cores from four urbanized estuaries: evidence of preservation and accumulation." Chemosphere, v. 28, p. 347-352, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere:2009.11.021, 2010.

Guarinello, M.L., E.J. Shumchenia, J.W. King, 2010. "Marine habitat classification for ecosystem based management: A proposed hierarchical framework." Environmental Management, DOI 10.1007/s00267-010-9430-5, 2010.

Han, W., X. Fang, S. Yang, and J. King. "Differences between East Asian and Indian monsoon climate records during MIS3 attributed to differences in their driving mechanisms: evidence from the loess record in the Sichuan basin, southwestern China and other continental and marine climate records." Quaternary International. Vol 218, Issues 1-2, May 2010, pp. 94-103.

Heil, C. W. Jr., J. W. King, M. A. Zarate, and P.H. Schulz, 2010. "Climatic interpretation of a 1.9 Ma environmental magnetic record of loess deposition and soil formation in the central eastern Pampas of Buenos Aires, Argentina." Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 2705-2718, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.024.

Shanahan, T. M., J. T. Overpeck, K. J. Anchukaitis, J. W. Beck, J. E. Cole, D. L. Dettman, J. A. Peck, C. A Scholz, and J. W. King, 2010 "Atlantic forcing of persistent drought in West Africa." Science. v. 324, no. 5925, pp. 377-380. DOI: 10.1126/science.1166352, 2010.

Shumchenia, E.J., and J.W. King, 2010. "Evaluation of sediment profile imagery as a tool for assessing water quality in Greenwich Bay, Rhode Island, USA." Ecological Indicators 10, 818-825, 2010.


Boes, X., S. B. Moran, J. King, M. N. Cagatay, and A. Hubert-Ferrari, 2009. "Records of large earthquakes in lake sediments along the North Anatolian Fault, Turkey." J. Paleolimnology, DOI: 10.1007/s10933-009-9376-x. Published online, 17 September, 2009.

Buhay, W. M., S. Simpson, H. Thorleifson, M. Lewis, J. King, A. Telka, P. Wilkinson, J. Babb, S. Timsic, and D. Bailey, 2009. "A 1000-year record of dry conditions in the eastern Canadian prairies reconstructed from oxygen and carbon isotope measurement son Lake Winnipeg sediment organics." Journal of Quaternary Science, 24(5), pp. 426 - 436. DOI:10.1002/jqs.1293, 2009.

Heil, C. W. Jr., J. W. King, J. G. Rosenbaum, R. L. Reybolds, S. M. Colman. "Paleomagnetism and environmental magnetism of GLAD800 sediment cores from Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho," IN Rosenbaum, J. G., and D. S. Kaufman, eds. Paleoenvironments of Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho, and its catchment: Geological Society of America Special Paper 450, p. 291-310, DOI: 10.1130/209.2450(13), 2009.

Hubeny, J. B., J. W. King, and M. Cantwell, 2009. "Anthropogenic influences on estuarine sedimentation and ecology: examples from the varved sediments of the Pettaquamscutt River Estuary, Rhode Island." J. Paleolimnol, 41, p. 297-314.

Nie, Junsheng, Y. Song, J. W. King, and R. Egli, 2009. "Consistent grain size distribution of pedogenic maghemiete of surface soils and Miocene loessic soils on the Chinese Loess Plateau." Journal of Quaternary Science, vol 25, issue 3, pp. 261-266.


Cantwell, M. G., R. M. Burgess, and J. W. King, 2008. "Resuspension of contaminated field and formulated reference sediments Part I: Evaluation of metal release under controlled laboratory conditions. Chemosphere v. 73, pp. 1824 - 1831. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere:2008.08.007, 2008.

Cronin, T. M., S. A. Smith, F. Eynaud, M. O'Regan, and J. King, 2008. "Quaternary paleoceanography of the central Arctic based on Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Arctic Coring Expedition 302 foraminiferal assemblages." Paleoceanography, 23, PA1S18, doi:10.1029/2007PA001484.

Frank, M., J. Backman, M. Jakobsson, K. Moran, M. O'Regan, J. King, B. A. Haley, P. W. Kubik, and D. Garbe-Schönberg, 2008. "Beryllium isotopes in central Arctic Ocean sediments over the past 12.3 million years: Stratigraphic and paleoclimatic implications." Paleoceanography, 23, PA1S02, doi:10.1029/2007PA001478, 2008.

Hubeny, J. B., J. W. King, and M. Cantwell, 2008. "Anthropogenic influences on estuarine sedimentation and ecology: examples from the varved sediments of the Pettaquamscutt River Estuary, Rhode Island." J. Paleolimnol, DOI 10.1007/s10933-008-9226-2, 2008.

King, J., B.Hubeny, C.Gibson, E.Laliberte, K.Ford, M.Cantwell, R.McKinney, and P.Appleby, 2008. "Antropogenic Eutrophication of Narragansett Bay: Evidence from Dated Sediment Cores." IN: Science for Ecosystem-based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century. Springer Series on Environmental Management. p. 211-232.

Lewis. C. F. M., J. W. King, S. M. Blasco, G. R. Brooks, J. P. Coakley, T. E. Croley II, D. L. Dettman, T. W. D. Edwards, C. W. Heil, Jr., J. B. Hubeny, K. R. Laird, J. H. McAndrews, F. G. G. McCarthy, B. E. Medioli, T. C. Moore, Jr., K. K. Rea, and A. J. Smith, 2008. "Dry Climate Disconnected the Laurentian Great Lakes." EOS, vol. 89, No. 52, 23 December, 2008, pp. 541-542.

Nie, J., J. King, and X. Fang. "Link between benthic oxygen isotopes and magnetic susceptibility in the red-clay sequence on the Chinese Loess Plateau. " Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L03703, DOI: 10.1029/2007GL032817, 2008.

O’Regan, M., J. King, J. Backman, M. Jakobsson, H. Palike, K. Moran, C. Heil, T. Sakamoto, T. Cronin, and R. W. Jordan. "Constraints on the Pleistocene Chronology of Sediments from the Lomonosov Ridge." Paleoceanography. 23, PA1S19, doi:10.1029/2007PA001551, 2008.

Shanahan, T. M., J. T. Overpeck, J. B. Hubeny, J. King, F. S. Hu, K. Hughen, G. Miller, and J. Black, 2008. "Scanning micro-X-ray fluorescence elemental mapping: A new tool for the study of laminated sediment records." Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q02016, doi:10.1029/2007GC001800, 2008.


Weekapaug Foundation, Charlestown, RI, March, 2010. "Impact of circulation, water quality, and sea level rise on Quonochontaug Pond"

RI Ocean SAMP stakeholders meeting, URI, February, 2010. "Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan: Overview and Benthic Habitat Studies."

"Habitat mapping from the beach to the shelf: Lessons from Rhode Island mapping projects." Survey methods for shallow water habitat mapping in Northeast, Department of the Interior Holdings and Estuarine Research Reserves Workshop, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, September, 2009.

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2009. "Rhode Island MapCoast: Partnering across the land-water divide to map our coastal resources."

"Paleomagnetic and mineral-magnetic results from the Lake Bosumtwi Drilling project. " (King, J. W., C. W. Heil, and J. A. Peck. ) Invited speaker, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2008

"Environmental magnetic studies in the Great Lakes watershed: Closed lake status for the Great Lakes from 9400 - 7700 CAL BP." (King, J. W., C. Heil, J. B. Hubeny, C. F. M. Lewis, and C. Reddy.) Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March, 2006.



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