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Laura Brothers

Research Geologist

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Dr. Brothers is a marine geologist with interests in coastal and shelf evolution, seafloor mapping and seabed fluid flow.


  • Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA  (September  2012-present)
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory/National Research Council Postdoctoral Methane Hydrate Fellow (2010-2012)


  • University of Maine                 Earth Sciences                    Ph.D.                 2010
  • University of Maine        Oceanography, Marine Policy   M.S./M.S.             2006
  • West Virginia University                                                      B.S.                   2002
  • Bryn Mawr College                                                             A.B.                   2001


Pendleton, E.A., Brothers, L.L., Thieler, E.R., Danforth, W.W., and Parker, C.E., 2015, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hydrographic survey data used in a U.S. Geological Survey regional geologic framework study along the Delmarva Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1262, 18 p., [Link]

Pendleton, E.A., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., Thieler, E.R., and Brothers, L.L., 2015, High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula, 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA (ver. 2.0, March 2015): U.S. Geological Survey data release. [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Van Dover, C.L., German, C.R., Kaiser, C.L., Yoerger, D.R., Ruppel, C.D., Lobecker, E., Skarke, A.R., Wagner, K.S., 2013, Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin. Geology doi: 10.1130/G34217.1 [Link]

Wagner, J.K.S., McEntee, M.H., Brothers, L.L., German, C.R., Kaiser, C.L., Yoerger, D.R., Van Dover, C.L., 2013, Cold-seep habitat mapping; High-resolution spatial characterization of the Blake Ridge Diapir seep field, Deep Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.02.008 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.D., Legere, C., Hughes Clarke, J., 2012, Shallow stratigraphic control on pockmark distribution in North Temperate Estuaries. Marine Geology v. 329-331 p. 34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.09.006 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Hart, P.E., Ruppel, C., 2012, Minimum subsea permafrost distribution on the US Beaufort Sea continental shelf, Geophysical Research Letters v. 39 L15501 doi:10.1029/2012GL052222 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Koons, P.O., Barnhardt, W.A., 2011, Pockmarks: Self-scouring seep features?, Paper Number 326 In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates. [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Belknap, D.F., Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, B.A., Landon Maynard, M., 2011, Over a century of bathymetric observations and shallow sediment characterization in Belfast Bay, Maine USA: Implications for pockmark field longevity. Geo-Marine Letters v. 31 n. 4 p. 237-248. doi: 10.1007/s00367-011-0228-0 [Link]

Andrews, B.A., Brothers, L.L., Barnhardt, W.A., 2010, Automatic feature extraction and spatial organization of seafloor pockmarks in Belfast Bay, ME. Geomorphology v. 124 p. 55-64. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.08.009 [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Kelley, J.T., Landon Maynard, M., Dickson, S.M., Belknap, D.F., 2010, Development in the Gulf of Maine: Avoiding geohazards and embracing opportunities. Maine Policy Review v.19 1 p. 46-57. [Link]

Kelley, J.T. and Brothers, L.L., 2009, Camp Ellis, Maine: A small beach community with a big problem . . . its jetty, in Kelley, J.T., Pilkey, O.H., and Cooper, J.A.G., eds., America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities: Geological Society of America Special Paper 460, p.1-20. doi: 10.1130/2009.2460(01) [Link]

Brothers, L.L., Belknap, D.F, Kelley, J.T., Janzen, C.D., 2008, Sediment transport and dispersion in a cool-temperate estuary and embayment, Saco River estuary, Maine, USA. Marine Geology v. 251 3-4 p. 183-194. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.02.004 [Link]

Contact Information

Laura Brothers
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
508-457-2310 - Fax
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