Dr. Reide Corbett

D. Reide Corbett, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coastal Studies Institute
Dean, Integrated Coastal Programs, ECU

Graham 201C, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

CSI Phone: 252-475-5428
Phone: 252-328-1367
Email: corbettd@ecu.edu


Reide Corbett is joint appointed between the Department of Geological Sciences and the newly formed Institute for Interdisciplinary Coastal Sciences and Policy at East Carolina University. He is a coastal oceanographer/geochemist with an overall scientific interest in the cycling of biologically active constituents (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) in coastal and open ocean environments. He is especially interested in evaluating and quantifying pathways of nutrient delivery to the coastal ocean that have been either under estimated or potentially ignored altogether, such as groundwater discharge and advective transport associated with sediment disturbances. These processes may play a critical role in understanding biogeochemical cycles and therefore must be described in order to fully constrain these cycles locally and globally. His recent hurricane-related research in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrates the importance of these meteorological events in coastal sediment dynamics. Ultimately, his hope is that information acquired through this research will lead to a clearer understanding of estuarine and coastal processes, providing better management and preservation of these critical environments.


1999: Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography (Geochemistry); Florida State University 1996: M.S. in Chemical Oceanography (Geochemistry); Florida State University 1994: B.S. in Chemistry; Florida State University
My overall scientific interest is to better understand the cycling of biologically active constituents (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) in coastal and open ocean environments. In addition, I am interested in the role humans and nature play in shaping the coastal zone. Specific areas of my on-going research include those focused on: Sedimentary and geochemical processes in coastal environments Naturally-occurring radionuclides as tools for quantifying rates of sedimentary and biogeochemical processes Investigations of the discharge of groundwater into the coastal zone Deposition, remineralization and burial of carbon and nutrients in coastal margins Coastal Hazards
Signature of the 2011 Flooding on the Mississippi Subaqueous Delta. National Science Foundation Advanced Regional and Decadal Predictions of Coastal Inundation for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. NOAA Estuarine Shoreline Mapping: Creating a Digital Shoreline for the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System. NC Division of Coastal Management Attacking Coastal Hazards of North Carolina. NC-Renaissance Computing Institute, RENCI Formation, Reworking and Accumulation of Sedimentary Deposits, Waipaoa River Shelf, New Zealand. National Science Foundation MARGINS Program.
Null, K., D.R. Corbett, D.J. DeMaster, J.M. Burkholder, C.J. Thomas, R.E. Reed. Porewater advection of ammonium into the Neuse River Estuary, North Carolina, USA. Estuaries, Coasts, and Shelf Sci. In press. Bianchi, T.S., L.A. Wysocki, K.M. Schreiner, T.R. Filley, D.R. Corbett, A.S. Kolker. Sources of Terrestrial Organic Carbon in the Mississippi Plume Region: Evidence for the Importance of Coastal Marsh Inputs. Aquatic Geochemistry, 17, 431-456. Cowart, L., D.R. Corbett, J.P. Walsh, 2011. Shoreline Change along Sheltered Coastlines: Insights from the Neuse River Estuary, NC. Remote Sensing, 3, 1516-1534. Kirwan, M., A.B. Murray, J.P. Donnelly, D.R. Corbett, 2011 Rapid wetland expansion during European settlement and its implication for marsh survival under modern sediment delivery rates. Geology, 39(5) 507-510. Corbett, D.R., 2010. Resuspension and Estuarine Nutrient Cycling: Insights from the Neuse River Estuary. Biogeosciences, 7, 3289-3300. Cowart, L., J.P. Walsh, D.R. Corbett, 2010. Analyzing estuarine shoreline change: A case study of Cedar Island, NC. Journal of Coastal Research. 26(5) 817-830. Corbett, D.R., Walsh, J.P., and K. Marciniak, 2009. Temporal and Spatial Variability in the Trace Metals of Two Adjacent Tributaries of the Neuse River Estuary, NC. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 58, 1739-1765. Kemp, A.C. B.P. Horton, S.J. Culver, D. R. Corbett, O. van de Plassche, W. R. Gehrels and B.C. Douglas, 2009. The timing and magnitude 1 of recent accelerated sea-level rise (North Carolina, USA). Geology. 37, 1035-1038. Riggs, S.R., Ames, D.V., Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R., and Walsh, J.P., 2009, Eye of a human hurricane: Pea Island, Oregon Inlet, and Bodie Island, northern Outer Banks, North Carolina, 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. 43–71, doi: 10.1130/2009.2460(04). Corbett, D.R., Dail, M.D, McKee, B.A., 2007. High frequency time-series of the dynamic sedimentation processes on the western shelf of the Mississippi River delta. Continental Shelf Research, 27, 1600-1615. McCoy, C.A., D.R. Corbett, J.E. Cable, and R.K. Spruill, 2007. Hydrogeological characterization and quantification of submarine groundwater discharge in the southeast Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Journal of Hydrology, 339, 159-171.