Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Andrea Hawkes

MS Geoscience - Graduate Program Coordinator

Hawkes CMS 1328, DeLoach 128
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-2350; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Coastal Geology

University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA PhD. - Earth and Environmental Science, 2008
Dalhousie University; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada MSc. - Earth Sciences, 2004
Dalhousie University; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Honors BSc. - Geology and BA - Political Science, 2001

OCN 150 Introduction to Oceanography
GLY 350 Advanced Oceanography

Research Interests:

Dr. Hawkes' main research interests include the development and application of environmental modeling and quantitative palaeoenvironmental reconstruction techniques with the aim of understanding the role of earthquakes, tsunamis, storms as driving mechanisms of Quaternary relative sea-level change and coastal evolution.

Dr. Hawkes' research has been undertaken in coastal and wetland ecosystems in temperate and tropical environments (Indonesia, Malaysia, French Polynesia, Belize, Bermuda, Alaska and coastal USA), which are under increasing pressure from a variety of natural and artificial processes. A key output of this research is the development of very precise reconstructions of former sea levels using a statistically based relationship between contemporary foraminifera (a single-celled marine organism) and their correlation to elevation and fossil foraminiferal assemblages.

She aims to produced high-precision geological reconstructions of relative sea level of sufficient resolution to better estimate vertical ground displacements associated with the earthquake deformation cycle and reconstruct past sea-level variations at various temporal and spatial scales. She uses a multiproxy approach (e.g., surface sampling, coring, GPR, CHIRP, micropaleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and AMS 14C, 210Pb, 137Cs dating)