Dr. Lynn LeonardDepartment Chair
Professor of Geology
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-2339; Fax: 910 962-7077
Coastal Hydrology and Sedimentology
M.S. Duke University, 1988
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 1994
Dr. Leonard teaches GLY220-Environmental Field Methods, GLY501-Research Methods in Geology, GLY550-Marine Geology, and GLY555-Sediment Dynamics.
Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise are physical sedimentology and marine geology. Her research focuses on sediment transport mechanisms in coastal environments ranging from tidal creeks and inlets, to large estuaries and the continental shelf. Current research projects include biogeochemical fingerprinting of phosphorus sources in anthropogenically impacted watersheds, sediment dispersal in tidal marshes of the Chesapeake Bay (and other SEUS marsh systems), marsh restoration using dredge spoil material, sediment transport during storms on the mid continental shelf, and the impact of river dredging on tidal amplitude and marsh sedimentation in the Cape Fear River.