Associate Professor, Marine Science/Graduate Program Director
Ph.D., Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Oceanography (concentration area: marine geology and geophysics)
M.S., Geology, West Virginia University
B.S., Geology, Virginia Tech
Research and Teaching Interests
Rich Viso's research interests include application of geophysical imaging techniques to coastal, marine, and seafloor environments. Examples include:
- Application of electrical resistivity tomography to submarine groundwater discharge studies,
- Multibeam and backscatter imaging of shallow coastal settings, and
- Seafloor and subbottom imaging for tectonic reconstructions and illumination of other geological processes.
Areas of Expertise
- Electrical resistivity tomography
- Multibeam echosounding
- Marine geology
- Applied coastal geophysics
Peterson, R.N., W.S. Moore, S. Chappel, R.F. Viso, Libes, S.M. and L.E. Peterson. 2016. New perspectives on coastal hypoxia: Natural drivers among a highly developed shoreline. Marine Chemistry, 179(1), 1-11.
Su, N., W.C. Burnett, H.L. MacIntyre, J.D. Liefer, R.N. Peterson and R. Viso. 2014. Natural radon and radium isotopes for assessing groundwater discharge into Little Lagoon, Alabama: Implications for harmful algal blooms. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI 10.1007/s12237-013-9734-9
Hutchins, P., Smith, E.K., Koepfler, E., Viso, R.F. and Peterson, R.N. 2013. Metabolic responses of estuarine microbial communities to discharge of surface runoff and groundwater from contrasting landscapes. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI 10.1007/s12237-013-9719-8
Peterson, R.N., Viso, R.F., MacDonald, I.R. and Joye, S.B. 2013. On the utility of radium isotopes as tracers of hydrocarbon discharge, Marine Chemistry, 156(1), 98-107.