Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Scott Nooner

Professor of Geology

S. Nooner CMS 1327, DeLoach 119
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-2352; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Marine Geophysics and Geodesy

Ph.D., Geophysics 2005, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
M.S., Physics 1999, Texas A&M University
B.A., Physics/Art 1996, Hendrix College

GLY 550 Marine Geology

Research Interests:
Dr. Nooner uses a combination of geophysical field techniques and numerical modeling to study deformation of the Earth's surface, both on land and in the marine environment. Deformation of the Earth's crust reveals important information about properties of the crust and mantle. Dr. Nooner conducts this research in a variety of locations and setting, such as Bangladesh, where he is using monsoonal flooding, which causes annual fluctuation in the height of the crust, to quantify crustal properties there. He is also a leader in the field of measuring deformation of the seafloor and continues to develop improved instrumentation and techniques. His work has resulted in the first record of an entire eruption cycle of an submarine volcano (Axial Seamount on the Juan de Fuca Ridge). He is currently working in both Africa and on the Juan de Fuca Ridge studying the formation and evolution of mid-ocean ridge systems, from rift initiation on continents to fully developed mid-ocean ridges.