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Dr. Joseph Donoghue is a faculty member of the Planetary Sciences Group in the Department of Physics. He is also part of the UCF National Center for Integrated Coastal Research. He received his PhD in geological sciences at the University of Southern California and has served as a Smithsonian fellow and a postdoctoral fellow at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has been a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and Florida State University, and a research associate at the Florida Geological Survey, and visiting scientist at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Coastal Research.

Dr. Donoghue’s research interests include the geology and geomorphology of coastal environments and continental margins, the causes and effects of sea-level change, paleoclimate, and Quaternary geology and geochronology. He teaches courses on energy and climate, environmental geoscience, and coastal and marine geology. He has published more than 60 papers and a large number of technical reports, and has presented or co-authored more than 100 papers at professional meetings. His work has been funded by several government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, SERDP, NOAA, USGS, and various state of Florida agencies.

He and his colleagues and students are currently involved in a multi-year project modeling the long-term history and effects of major storms on coastal environments of the northern Gulf of Mexico and SE Atlantic coasts. The work has the goal of developing methods to prepare for and mitigate the projected environmental changes resulting from global warming.

* Denotes student advisee author

*Sankar, R., Kish, S., and Donoghue, J.F., in press, Spatio-temporal analysis of decadal-scale patterns in barrier island response to storms: Perdido Key, Florida: Physical Geography.

Osland, M. J., K. T. Griffith, J. C. Larriviere, L. C. Feher, D. R. Cahoon, N. M. Enwright, D. A. Oster, J. M. Tirpak, M. S. Woodrey, R. Collini, J. J. Baustian, J. L. Breithaupt, J. A. Cherry, J. R. Conrad, N. Cormier, C. A. Coronado-Molina, J. F. Donoghue, S. A. Graham, J. W. Harper, M. W. Hester, R. J. Howard, K. W. Krauss, D. E. Kroes, R. R. Lane, K. L. McKee, I. A. Mendelsshon, B. A. Middleton, J. A. Moon, S. C. Piazza, N. M. Rankin, F. H. Sklar, G. D. Steyer, K. M. Swanson, C. M. Swarzenski, W. C. Vervaeke, J. M. Willis, and K. V. Wilson. 2017. Assessing coastal wetland vulnerability to sea-level rise along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast: gaps and opportunities for developing a coordinated regional sampling network. PLOS ONE 12:article e0183431.

*Sedai, B., Alavi, S., Harimkar,S., McCollum, M., Donoghue, J.F., and Blum, F.D., 2017, Particle morphology dependent superhydrophobicity in treated diatomaceous earth/polystyrene coatings: Applied Surface Science, v. 14, p. 947-956.

*Bidorn, B., Kish, S.A., Donoghue, J.F., Bidorn, K., and Mama, R., 2017, Change in sediment characteristics and sediment load of the Nan River due to large dam construction: Proceedings, 37th IAHR World Congress, August 13-18, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

*Bidorn, B., Kish, S. A., Donoghue, J. F., Huang, W., and Bidorn, K., 2016, Variability of total sediment supply of the Chao Phraya River, Thailand:  Proceedings, International Symposium on River Sedimentation, September 19-22, 2016, Stuttgart, Germany.

*Bidorn, B., Kish, S. A., Donoghue, J. F., Bidorn, K., & Mama, R., 2016, Sediment transport characteristics of the Ping River basin, Thailand. Proceedings, 12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, HIC 2016;  21-26 August 21-26, 2016, Incheon, South Korea; Procedia Engineering, 154, 557-564.

Donoghue, J.F., 2016, Backbarrier. In M.J. Kennish (ed.), Encyclopedia of Estuaries, Dordrecht, Springer Publ., DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8801-4.

Donoghue, J.F., 2016, Phi Scale. In M.J. Kennish (ed.), Encyclopedia of Estuaries, Dordrecht, Springer Publ., DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8801-4.

*Bidorn, B.,Chanyotha, S., Kish, S., Donoghue,J., Bidorn, K., Mama,V., 2015, The effects of Thailand’s Great Flood of 2011 on river sediment discharge in the Upper Chao Phraya River Basin, Thailand: International Journal of Sediment Research, v. 30, no. 4,p. 328-337.

Kish, S.A., and Donoghue, J.F., 2013, Coastal response to storms and sea-level rise: Santa Rosa Island, Northwest Florida, USA:   Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 63  p.131–140.

*Das, O., Wang, Y., Donoghue, J.F., Xu,X., *Coor, J.L., Elsner, J., and Xu, Y., 2013, Reconstruction of paleostorms and paleoenvironment using geochemical proxies archived in sediments of two coastal lakes in northwest Florida: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 68, p. 142-153.

Donoghue, J.F., 2011, Sea-level history of the northern Gulf of Mexico and sea-level rise scenarios for the near future:   Climatic Change, v. 107, no. 1, p. 17-33.  (DOI 10.1007/s10584-001-0077-x)

Convertino, M., Donoghue, J.F., Chu-Agor, M.L., Kiker, G.A., Muñoz-Carpena, R., Fischer, R.A., and Linkov, I., 2011, Anthropogenic renourishment feedback on shorebirds: a multispecies Bayesian perspective:   Ecological Engineering, v. 37, no. 8, p. 1184-1194.

Donoghue, J.F., and Parkinson, R.W., 2011, Discussion of: Houston, J.R., and Dean, R.G., 2011. Sea-level acceleration based on U.S. tide gauges and extensions of previous global-gauge analyses. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 27, no. 3, pp. 409–417. Journal of Coastal Research: v. 27, no. 5: pp. 994-996996.

Balsillie, J.H.,   and  Donoghue, J.F., 2011, Northern Gulf of Mexico sea-level history for the past 20,000 years:   p. 53-72 in Buster, N.A., and Holmes, C.W. (eds.), Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters and Biota: Vol. 3, Geology.   Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX.

Twichell, D., Edmiston, L., Andrews, B., Stevenson, W., Donoghue, J., Poore, R., and Osterman, L., 2010, Geologic contribution to the recent evolution of oyster beds in Apalachicola Bay, Florida: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 88, p. 385-394.

Parkinson, R.W., and Donoghue, J.F., 2010, Bursting the bubble of doom and adapting to sea-level rise (editorial):   Shoreline, newsletter of the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (March, 2010), p. 12-20.

Donoghue, J.F., 2006, Geography and geomorphology of the Aucilla River region: p. 31-48,  in Webb, S.D. (ed.),  First Floridians and Last Mastodons:   The Page-Ladsen Site on the Aucilla River. Topics in Geobiology, v. 26, p. 31-48.  New York, Springer Publ.

Niedoroda, A.W., Reed, C.W., Das, H., Fagherazzi, S., Donoghue, J.F., and Cattaneo, A., 2005, Analysis of a large-scale depositional clinoformal wedge along the Italian Adriatic coast: Marine Geology, v. 222, p. 179-192.

Balsillie, J.H., Donoghue, J.F., 2004, High resolution sea-level history for the Gulf of Mexico since the last glacial maximum:   Florida Geological Survey Report of Investigation No. 103, 65 p.

Donoghue, J.F., Niedoroda, A.W., Hatchett, L. , Locker, S. , Clark, R., *Koch, J. , and *Butler, K., 2003,  Model for identifying and characterizing offshore sand sources using an interactive GIS: Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2003, Fifth International Conference on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, St. Petersburg, FL.

Niedoroda, A.W., Reed, C.W., Das, H., *Koch, J., Donoghue., J.F., Wang, Z.B.,  and Stive, M.J.F., 2003, Modeling large-scale morphodynamics of complex coastal  systems: Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2003, Fifth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, St. Petersburg, FL.

Hatchett, L., Clark, R., Niedoroda, A.,  Donoghue, J.F.,  Locker, S., 2003, Web-based presentation of beach and offshore sand characteristics for discovering offshore sand resources: Proceedings, Coastal Sediments 2003, Fifth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, St. Petersburg, FL.

Balsillie, J.H., Donoghue, J.F., *Butler, K.M., and *Koch, J.L., 2003, Reply to discussion of “Plotting equation for Gaussian percentiles and a spreadsheet program for generating probability plots”: Journal of Sedimentary Research,  v. 73, p. 1083-1085.

Balsillie, J.H., Donoghue, J.F., Butler, K.M., and Koch, J.L., 2003, Reply to (second) discussion of “Plotting equation for Gaussian percentiles and a spreadsheet program for generating probability plots”: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 73, p. 1086-1087.

*Van Es, H.J., Vainshtein, D.I., de Meijer, R.J., den Hartog, H.W., Donoghue, J.F.,and Rozendaal, A., 2002, Mineral zircon: a novel thermoluminescence geochronometer: Radiation Effects & Defects in Solids, v. 157, p. 1063-1070.

Balsillie, J.H., Donoghue, J.F., Butler, K.M., and Koch, J.L., 2002, Plotting equation for Gaussian percentiles and a spreadsheet program for generating probability plots: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 72, p. 929-933.

*Van Es, H.J., Vainshtein, D.I., Rozendaal, A., Donoghue, J.F., DeMeijer, R.J., and DenHartog, H.W. , 2002, Thermoluminescence of ZrSiO4 (zircon):   A new dating method:   Nuclear Instr. and Meth. in Physics Research B, v. 191, p. 649-652.

Ladner, L.J., Hoenstine, R.W., Dabous, A.A., Donoghue, J.F., and *Harrington, D., 2000, A geological investigation of sedimentation and accretion rates of marine coastal wetlands, Apalachee Bay, northeastern Gulf of Mexico: p. 120-139 in Schmidt, W., Lloyd, J.M., and Collier, C. (eds.), Woodville Karst Plain Symposium Transactions: Florida Geological Survey Special Publication 46.

*Van Es, H., den Hartog, H. W., de Meijer, R.J., Venema, L.B.,  Donoghue, J.F., and Rozendaal, A., 2000, Assessment of the suitability of zircons for thermoluminescence dating: Radiation Measurements, v. 32, p. 819-823.

Dawson, G.W., and Donoghue, J.F., 2000, Investigating Oceans  (ocean science module in Investigating Earth Systems, secondary school earth science curriculum program, developed for the National Science Foundation and American Geological Institute).  American Geological Institute – Herff Jones Publ.

Fletcher, C.H., Moore,L.J., Kaminsky, G.J., Ferland,M.A., Schwartz,M.L., Young, R.S., Donoghue, J.F., Kelley, J.T., Riggs, S.R.,. Culver, S.R.,. Mallinson, D.J., and Corbett, D.R., 2000, Public Comments on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s Preliminary Report Topic Area: Sediments:  Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union 01/2000; 81(17):181.

*Chen, Z.Q., Donoghue, J.F., Hoenstine, R.W., Rupert, F.R., Spencer, S.M., Ladner, L.J., and Lane, E., 2000, A buried karst plain on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico shelf, NW Florida: Origin and relation to onshore karst:  p. 22-35 in Schmidt, W., Lloyd, J.M., and Collier, C. (eds.), Woodville Karst Plain Symposium Transactions: Florida Geological Survey Special Publication 46.

*Van Es, H., den Hartog, H. W., de Meijer, R.J., Venema, L.B.,  Donoghue, J.F., and Rozendaal, A., 1999, Aspects of TL-dating of sediments with zircons: Fading:   Proceedings, 9th International Conf. on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating, Rome, Sept. 6-10, 1999.

*Trimble, C.A., Hoenstine, R.W., *Highley, A.B., Donoghue, J.F., and Ragland, P.C., 1999, Baseline sediment trace metals investigation:  Steinhatchee River estuary, Florida, northeast Gulf of Mexico: Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, v. 17, p. 187-197.

Donoghue, J.F., Stapor, F.W., and Tanner, W.F., 1998, Discussion of Otvos, E.G.(1995), Multiple Pliocene-Quaternary marine highstands, Northeast Gulf Coastal Plain — fallacies and facts: Jour. Coastal Research, v. 14, p. 669-674.

*Trimble, C.A., Hoenstine, R.W., *Highley, A.B., Donoghue, J.F., and Ragland,P.C., 1998, Baseline sediment trace metals investigation:  Steinhatchee River estuary, Florida, northeast Gulf of Mexico:  in Dellagiarino, G., et al., (eds.), Proceedings, Fourth Symposium on Studies Related to Continental Margins: New Orleans, U.S. Minerals Management Service, p. 80-87.

Donoghue, J.F., Ragland, P.C., *Trimble, C.A., and *Chen, Z., 1998, Standardization of metal concentrations in sediments using regression residuals: An example from a large lake in Florida, USA: Environmental Geology, v. 36, p. 65-76.

Faught, M.K., and Donoghue, J.F., 1997, Marine inundated archaeological sites and paleofluvial systems: Examples from a karst-controlled continental shelf setting in Apalachee Bay, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico:   Geoarchaeology, v. 12, no. 5, p. 417-458.

*Trimble, C.A., Hoenstine, R.W., *Highley, A.B., Donoghue, J.F., and Ragland, P.C., 1997, Baseline investigation of estuarine sediment metals for the Steinhatchee River area of the Florida Big Bend: Environmental Geosciences, v. 4, no. 2, p. 95-103, and v. 4, no. 3, p. 157.

Donoghue, J.F., De Meijer, R.J., Stapel, C., and Tanczos, I.C., 1996, Coastal sand transport, erosion and deposition using natural radioactivity in heavy minerals: In Duursma, E., (ed.), Proceedings, International Conference on Coastal Change, IOC workshop Report No. 105:  Bordeaux, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, p. 523-533.

Donoghue, J.F., and White, N.M., 1995, Late Holocene sea-level change and delta migration, Apalachicola River region, northwest Florida, USA: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 11, no. 3, p. 651-663.

DeMeijer, R.J., and Donoghue, J.F., 1995, Radiometric fingerprinting of sediments on the Dutch, German and Danish coasts: Quaternary International, v. 26, p. 43-47.

Donoghue, J.F., and Tanner, W.F., 1994, Effects of near-term sedimentologic evolution on the lifetime of estuarine resources: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS-SRD-27, 57 p.

Donoghue, J.F., 1993, Late Wisconsinan and Holocene depositional history, northeastern Gulf of Mexico: Marine Geology, v. 112, p. 185-205.

Donoghue, J.F., 1992, Late Quaternary coastal and inner shelf stratigraphy, Apalachicola Delta region, Florida: Sedimentary Geology, v. 80, p. 293-304.

Donoghue, J.F., and Tanner, W.F., 1992, Quaternary terraces and shorelines of the panhandle Florida region: in Wehmiller, J.F., and Fletcher, C. H., eds., Quaternary Coasts of the United States: Marine and Lacustrine Systems,  SEPM Special Publication 48:  Tulsa, Society for Sedimentary Geology, p. 233-241.

Donoghue, J.F., 1991, Late Quaternary deposition in the Apalachicola Embayment, northwest Florida coast: in Perkins, B.F., ed., Coastal Depositional Systems in the Gulf of Mexico, Quaternary Framework and Environmental Issues: Proceedings, GCS-SEPM Twelfth Annual Research Conference, p. 77-82.

Greenfield, M.B., DeMeijer, R.J., Lesscher, H.M., Put, L.W., Donoghue, J.F., and Wiersma, J., 1991, Radiometry of heavy mineral sands as a tracer for shore erosion: in Vourvopoulos, G., and Paradellis, T., eds., Applications of Nuclear Techniques:  Singapore, World Scientific Publishers, p. 360-378.

Donoghue, J.F., and Greenfield, M.B.,1991, Radioactivity of heavy mineral sands as a natural tracer for coastal sediment transport in northwest Florida: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 7, no. 1, pp. 189-201.

Donoghue, J.F., 1990, Trends in Chesapeake Bay sedimentation rates during the late Holocene: Quaternary Research, v. 34, pp. 33-46.

Donoghue, J.F., Demirpolat, S., and Tanner, W.F., 1990, Recent shoreline changes, northeastern Gulf of Mexico: pp. 51-66 in Tanner, W.F., Stapor, F., and Hummell, R. (eds.), Modern Coastal Sediments and Processes: Proceedings of the Ninth Symposium on Coastal Sedimentology.

Donoghue, J.F., 1989, Sedimentary environments of the inner continental shelf, northeastern Gulf of Mexico: Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 39, pp. 355-363.

Greenfield, M.B., DeMeijer, R.J., Put, L.W., Wiersma, J.,  and Donoghue, J.F., 1989, Monitoring beach sand transport by use of radiogenic heavy minerals: Nuclear Geophysics, v. 3, no. 3, pp. 231-244.

*Stodd, T., and Donoghue, J.F., 1989, Sediment texture and mineralogy of clay-rich beds in fluvial and deltaic deposits at Pensacola, Florida: in Tanner, W.F., (ed.), Coastal Sediment Mobility, Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal Sedimentology, pp. 249-266.

Donoghue, J.F., Bricker, O.P., and C.R. Olsen, C.R., 1989, Particle-borne radionuclides as tracers for sediment in the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 29, pp. 341-360.

Donoghue, J.F., 1989, Modern and ancient valleys of the Apalachicola River and Estuary, Northwest Florida: in Tanner, W.F., (ed.), Coastal Sediment Mobility, Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal Sedimentology,  pp. 231-248.

Donoghue, J.F., 1988, Evaluation of sediment loading processes in the Apalachicola Bay, Florida: NOAA Technical Memorandum Series, NOS-MEMD-17, 72 pp.

Donoghue, J.F., Greenfield, M.B., and DeMeijer, R.J., 1988, Radioactivity of heavy mineral sands as a natural tracer for coastal erosion in northwest Florida:, Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut Ann. Rept., 1988, Univ. of Groningen, The Netherlands,  pp. 85-86.

Greenfield, M.B., DeMeijer, R.J., Put, L.W., Lesscher, H., Wiersma, J. and Donoghue, J.F., 1988,  Monitoring beach sand transport by use of radiogenic heavy minerals: Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut Ann. Rept., 1988, Univ. of Groningen, The Netherlands, pp. 111-113.

Oldfield, F., Maher, B.A., Donoghue, J.F., and Pierce, J.W., 1985, Particle-size-related mineral magnetic source-sediment linkages in the Rhode River catchment, Maryland, USA: Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, v. 142, pp. 1-12.

Donoghue, J.F., Oldfield, F., and Olsen, C.R., 1983,  Fluvial sediment transport to the Chesapeake Bay:  in Tanner, W.F. (ed.), Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Coastal Sedimentology, pp. 201-214.

Olsen, C.R., Cutshall, N.H., Larsen, I.L., Donoghue, J.F., Bricker, O.P., and Simpson, H.J., 1981, Reactor-released nuclides in Susquehanna River sediments: Nature, v. 294, pp. 242-245.

 

 

 

 

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