A Special Acknowledgement To:
Carl H. Hobbs, III, Ph.D.
CERF-JCR Lifetime Member
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA
Dr. Hobbs' primary research interests are in the Quaternary geology of Chesapeake Bay and the mid-Atlantic inner continental shelf and coastal plain. These studies have both academic and practical applications. High-resolution, seismic-reflection techniques provide data which are useful both in basic geologic studies and in prospecting for potentially minable resources of sand. Through developing a better understanding of the stratigraphy and depositional history of the coastal plain, one is better equipped to model the modes of occurrence of sand that might be used for beach nourishment or construction aggregate. Data from cores obtained in proving a sand resource also serve the general geological studies. This work includes studies of the potential environmental consequences of marine sand mining. The influence of rising sea level on the geology and geomorphology of the coastal zone is another topic of interest.
Furthermore, Dr. Hobbs has worked with co-workers from the Center for Archaeological Research and the Department of Geology at the Williamsburg campus of William & Mary to investigate the physical changes to Jamestown Island that has occurred since the beginning of the Holocene when humans first inhabited the region. The post-glacial rise in sea level and the resultant changes in or masking of local geomorphology, drowning of aquifers, growth of marshes, and modification of the river-estuary have had substantial influences on the regional environment.
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