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Dr. Rob Evans

Department Chair
Senior Scientist
Geology & Geophysics

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2673

Mailing Address:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
MS# 22
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050

Research Interests

The use of controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) methods to measure the electrical resistivity of the seafloor in deep water, continental shelf and coastal environments.

Natural source electromagnetic (EM) techniques (i.e., Magnetotellurics (MT)) in oceanic and continental environments to look deeper into the mantle.

Active areas of research include:

  • Hydrothermal circulation at midocean ridges.
  • Melting processes beneath midocean ridges and subduction zones.
  • Structure of the continental and oceanic lithosphere.
  • Structural controls on groundwater discharge to the continental shelf.
  • Mapping locations of shallow gas hydrates.
  • Processes involved in coastal change.


SERDP Project of the Year, RC-1702 Shoreline Evolution and Coastal Resiliency at Two Military Installations: Investigating the Potential for the Loss of Protecting Barriers, 2014.

WHOI Coastal Ocean Institute Fellowship 2006-2009.


1994, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto.

1991, Ph.D. Marine Geophysics, Bullard Labs, Cambridge University.

1988, B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, Bristol University.