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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Gail C. Kineke

earth and environmental sciences

Gail C. Kineke

Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

M.S., Ph.D. University of Washington (1988, 1993)
B.A. Princeton University (1983)

Phone: 617-552-3655


Marine Sediment Transport, Coastal Oceanography and Estuarine Processes


EESC1157: Oceanography (Fall 2016)
EESC6691: Earth Systems Seminar (Fall 2016)
EESC2206: ES: Oceans (Spring 2017)
EESC3380/5586: Environmental Oceanography (Spring 2017)

Office Hours: Spring 2017

Devlin 322A

Tuesday 3-4:30pm 
Wednesday 3-4:30pm
or by appointment

Current Graduate Students and Projects

Lisa Kumpf

Kevin Simans
Assessing the Roles of River Discharge, Gravitational Circulation and Salt-Wedge Migration on Suspended-Sediment Flux in a Highly-Stratified Estuary

Ellen Kristiansen
The Effects of Estuarine Fronts on Fine-sediment Trapping in the Connecticut River Estuary

M.S. Alumni and Projects

Kendall Valentine
Characterization of the Bed, Critical Boundary Shear Stress, and Roughness Parameters in the Connecticut River Estuary. (2015)

Kristy Heath
Fluid mud formation in the Petitcodiac River Estuary, New Brunswick. (2009)

Kathleen Hart
The distribution and variability of the Atchafalaya River Plume. (2006)

David Velasco
Shallow stratigraphy observations using electrical resistivity and dual-frequency echosounding methods. (2003)

Marcel Belaval
A geophysical investigation of the subsurface salt/fresh water interface structure, Waquoit Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. (2003)

Eron Higgins
Effects of a muddy seabed on wave attenuation: Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana. (2002)

Amy Carlson
Sediment trapping and transport in the Ace Basin, South Carolina. (2000)

Andree Ramsey
Physical processes controlling sediment transport in Winyah Bay, South Carolina. (2000)

Selected Publications

Traykovski, P., J. Trowbridge, G. Kineke, 2015. Mechanisms of surface wave energy dissipation over a high-concentration sediment suspension, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120:1638-1681, DOI: 10.1002/2014JC010245. 

Hsu T. J., P. A. Traykovski, G. C. Kineke, 2007, On Modeling Boundary Layer and Gravity-driven Fluid Mud Transport. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 112, C04011, doi:10.1029/2006JC003719.

Kineke, G. C., Higgins, E. E., Hart, K. and D. Velasco, 2006, Fine-Sediment Transport Associated with Cold Front Passages on the Shallow Shelf, Gulf of Mexico. Continental Shelf Research, 26:2073-2091.

Goñi, M. A., Gordon, E. S., Monacci, N. M., Clinton, R., Gesewhite, R., Allison, M. A., and G. C. Kineke, 2006, The Effect of Hurricane Lili on the Distribution of Organic Matter Along the Inner Louisiana Shelf (Gulf of Mexico, USA). Continental Shelf Research, 26:2073-2091.

Draut, A. E., Kineke, G. C., Huh, O. K., Grymes, J. M. III, Westphal, K. A., and C. C. Moeller, 2005, Coastal Mudflat Accretion Under Energetic Conditions, Louisiana Chenier-plain Coast, USA. Marine Geology, 214:27-47.

Draut, A. E., Kineke, G. C., Velasco, D. W., Allison, M. A., and R. J. Prime, 2005, Influence of the Atchafalaya River on Recent Evoloution of the Chenier Plain Inner Continental Shelf, Northern Gulf of Mexico. Continental Shelf Research, 25:91-112.

Geyer, W. R., P. S. Hill, and G. C. Kineke, 2004, The Transport and Dispersal of Sediment by Buoyant Coastal Flows. Continental Shelf Research, 24:927-949.

McKee, B. A., R. C. Aller, M. A. Allison, T. S. Bianchi, and G. C. Kineke, 2004, Transport and Transformation of Dissolved and Particulate Materials on Continental Margins Influenced by Major Rivers: Benthic Boundary Layer and Seabed Processes. Continental Shelf Research, 24:899-926.

Blanton, J. O., Seim, H., Alexander, C., Amft, J., and Kineke, G., 2003, Transport of Salt and Suspended Sediments in a Curving Channel of a Coastal Plain Estuary: Satilla River, GA. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57:993-1006.

Gordon, E. S., M. A. Goñi, Q. N. Roberts, G. C. Kineke, and M. A. Allison, 2001, Organic Matter Distribution and Accumulation on the Inner Louisiana Shelf West of the Atchafalaya River. Continental Shelf Research, 21:1691-1721.

Orton, P. M., and G. C. Kineke, 2001, Comparing Calculated and Observed Vertical Suspended-Sediment Distributions from a Hudson River Estuary Turbidity Maximum. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 52:401-410.

Blake, A. C., G. C. Kineke, T. G. Milligan, and C. R. Alexander, 2001, Sediment Trapping and Transport in the ACE Basin, South Carolina. Estuaries, 24:721-733.

Milligan, T. G., G. C. Kineke, A. Carlson, C. R. Alexander, and P. S. Hill, 2001, Flocculation and Sedimentation in the ACE Basin, South Carolina. Estuaries, 24:734-744.

Kineke, G., K. J. Woolfe, S. A. Kuehl, J. Milliman, T. Dellapena and R. G. Purdon, 2000, Sediment Export from the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea: Evidence for a Divergent Dispersal System. Continental Shelf Research, 20:2239-2266.

Ogston, A. S., D. A. Cacchione, R. W. Sternberg, and G. C. Kineke, 2000, Storm and River Flood-driven Sediment Transport on the Northern California Continental Shelf. Continental Shelf Research, 20:2141-2162.

Allison, M. A., G. C. Kineke, E. S. Gordon and M. A. Goni, 2000, Development and Reworking of an Annual Flood Deposit on the Inner Continental Shelf off the Atchafalaya River. Continental Shelf Research, 20:2267-2294.

Blanton, J., C. Alexander, M. Alber, and G. Kineke, 1999, The Mobilization and Deposition of Mud Deposits in a Coastal Plain Estuary. Limnologica, 29:293-300.

Geyer, W. R., R. P. Signell and G. C. Kineke, 1998,  Lateral Trapping of Sediment in a Partially Mixed Estuary. In Dronkers & Sheffers (eds) Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas, pp 115-124.

Berhane, I., R. W. Sternberg, G. C. Kineke, T. G. Milligan and K. Kranck, 1997, The Variability of Suspended Aggregates on the Amazon Continental Shelf. Continental Shelf Research, 17:267-285.

Kineke, G. C., R. W. Sternberg, J. H. Trowbridge, W. R. Geyer, 1996, Fluid Mud Processes on the Amazon Continental Shelf. Continental Shelf Research, 16:667-696.

Kineke, G. C. and R. W. Sternberg, 1995, Distribution of Fluid Muds on the Amazon Continental Shelf. Marine Geology, 125:193-233.

Geyer, W. R. and G. C. Kineke, 1995, Observations of Currentsand Water Properties in the Amazon Frontal Zone. Journal of Geophysical Research, 100:2321-2339.

Trowbridge, J. H. and G. C. Kineke, 1994, Structure and Dynamics of Fluid Muds Over the Amazon Continental Shelf. Journal of Geophysical Research, 99:865-874.

Kineke, G. C. and R. W. Sternberg, 1992, Measurements of High Concentration Suspended Sediments Using the Optical Backscatterance Sensor. Marine Geology, 108:253-258.

Sternberg, R. W., G. C. Kineke and R. Johnson, 1991, An Instrument System for Profiling Suspended Sediment and Fluid and Flow Conditions in Shallow Marine Environments. Continential Shelf Research, 11: 109-122.

Kineke, G. C., R. W. Sternberg, D. A. Cacchione, K. Kranck and D. E. Drake, 1991, Distribution and Characteristics of Suspended Sediment on the Amazon Shelf. Oceanography, April: 21-26.