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Winter 2018 Issue

January 1, 2018

Researcher Profile: Dr. Adam Skarke, Mississippi State University, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Adam Skarke 
Assistant Professor of Geology
Department of Geosciences
Mississippi State University
Education 2013 Ph.D. Geology, University of Delaware


Dr. Adam Skarke is a geologist with broad research interests in the fields of marine geology and geophysics. Specific research interests include: sediment transport processes, boundary layer hydrodynamics, bedform evolution, coastal/shelf morphodynamics, stratigraphy, physical oceanography, seafloor fluid exchange, and ocean mapping. Adamtechnical approach is field based and focused on the quantitative analysis of, hydrodynamic, geophysical, geological, and meteorological data collected with innovative environmental observing sensors and platforms.

Skarke uses satellite imagery and acoustic instrumentation to investigate the oceanographic and geologic processes that control sediment erosion, transport and deposition in marine environments. His work includes studying how coastal storms alter the shape of coastlines and how gas release from seafloor sediments impacts water quality.

Results of Skarke research may help scientists and environmental managers better understand and mitigate processes detrimental to the health and resilience of marine ecosystems, commercial fisheries, and coastal property and infrastructure.

Recent Publications

Fitzpatrick, P. J., Y. Lau, D. Merritt, R. Moorhead, A. Skarke, K. Kreider, C. Brown, R. Carlon, G. Hine, T. Lampoudi, and A. Leonardi (2015), A review of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Wave Glide field program. Marine Technology Society Journal, 49, 64-71.

Skarke, A., C. Ruppel, M. Kodis, D. Brothers, and E. Lobecker (2014), Widespread methane leakage from the sea floor on the northern US Atlantic margin, Nature Geoscience, 7(9), 657-661.

Brothers, L., C. Van Dover, C. German, C. Kaiser, D. Yoerger, C. Ruppel, E. Lobecker, A. Skarke, and J. Wagner (2013), Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern US Atlantic margin, Geology, 41(7), 807-810.