Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Richard Laws

Professor of Geology

Laws CMS 1335, DeLoach 106
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-4125; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:,Personal Webpage

Marine Micropaleontology

M.S. University of California Berkeley, 1978
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 1983

Dr. Laws teaches GLY135 Prehistoric Life, GLY150 Introduction to Oceanography, GLY337 Invertebrate Paleontology, and GLY502 Technical Communication.

Research Interests:
Dr. Laws' research interests include the composition and distribution of diatoms in modern coastal environments, Neogene diatom biostratigraphy, and Paleogene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy. Current projects include the taxonomy of benthic marine diatoms, the impacts on benthic diatom floras of salt marsh renourishment through emplacement of dredge spoil in degrading marshes, and sediment stabilization by diatoms and sediment resuspension in intertidal habitats. Current funding from Center for Marine Sciences.