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Richard Sullivan
Richard Sullivan

Texas A&M University at Galveston


Boston University – BA Archaeology 2003

University of Southampton – MSc Maritime Archaeology 2009


Chem 117 – Fundamentals of Chemistry II

Chem 112 – General Chemistry for Engineers


Richard Sullivan

Graduate Student

Research Interests

My background is in paleo-climatology, maritime archaeology, geospatial modeling and geophysics.  As a result, my research focuses on the potential impacts that extreme weather events (e.g. tropical cyclones) and climate shifts (such as prolonged periods of drought and aridity) have had on past coastal communities and maritime cultures

Selected Publications

Maio, C.V., J. Donnelly, R. Sullivan, S. Madsen, C. Weidman, A. Gontz, V. Sheremet, (2016). “Sediment dynamics and hydrographic conditions during storm passage, Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts.” Marine Geology, Volume 381, Pages 67-86,

Maio, C.V., A. Gontz, R.  Sullivan, S. Madsen, C. Weidman, J. Donnelly (2016). “Subsurface Evidence of Storm-Driven Breaching along a Transgressing Barrier System, Cape Cod, U.S.A.” Journal of Coastal Research, Volume 32, Issue 2, Pages 264-279,

Lin, N., P. Lane, K. A. Emanuel, R. M. Sullivan, J. P. Donnelly (2014). “Heightened Hurricane Surge Risk in Northwest Florida Revealed from Climatological-hydrodynamic Modeling and Paleo-record Reconstruction.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Volume 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021584. 

Brandon, C., J. Woodruff, R. Sullivan, J. Donnelly (2014). “How Unique was Hurricane Sandy? Sedimentary Reconstructions of Extreme Flooding of New York Harbor.” Scientific Reports, Volume 4, doi:10.1038/srep07366.

Poster Presentations:

“Landscape Reconstructions: Great Cistern Blue Hole, Bahamas, as a recorder of Mid-Late Holocene Precipitation and Faunal Activity”, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA December 12-16, 2016 

“Landscape and Materiality and Maritime Archaeology”, Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Brown University, Providence RI, April 30 – May 2, 2010 (Presenter)

Additional Information

Advisor: Pete van Hengstum
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