Brad Hubeny

Professional Details

Title Chairperson
Department Geological Sciences
Office Meier Hall 331A
Phone 978.542.6994
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

GLS 102 Evolving Earth
GLS 171H Honors Evolving Earth
GLS 210 Geomorphology
GLS 380 Applied Environmental Geophysics
GLS 400 Directed Studies in the Earth Sciences
GLS 470 Field Geology I
GLS 500 Senior Research in Geology I
GLS 501 Senior Research in Geology II
GLS 780 Applied Environmental Geophysics

Professional Biography


Ph.D., Geological Oceanography, July 2006, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI
Dissertation Title: Late Holocene climate variability as preserved in high-resolution estuarine and
lacustrine sediment archives.  Advisor: John W. King

B.S. with Honors, Geology, May 1997, Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Thesis Title: Late Quaternary stratigraphy and geologic history of The Basin, Phippsburg, Maine.  Advisor: Michael Retelle

Professional Interests

I am an environmental geoscientist who utilizes stratigraphic, geomorphic, geochemical, and geophysical techniques to reconstruct past environmental and climatic conditions.  Primarily I work in coastal and lake systems, and current research locations include Iceland, Chesapeake Bay, and Massachusetts' North Shore.  Generally I am interested high-resolution records of climate variability during the Late Holocene and in pollution reconstructions (heavy metals, eutrophication) from industrialized watersheds.  I manage the SSU Viking Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory (VESIL) where we analyze CNS isotopes in samples as diverse as sediments, soils, vegetation, jellyfish, and fish.  We collaborate with SSU departments, other universities, and state agencies.  The lab was established with funds from the National Science Foundation, and funding sources include NSF, American Chemical Society, USGS, Mass Bays Program, and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.  


Courses I typically teach:

Dynamic Earth

Evolving Earth


Applied Environmental Geophysics

Estuaries and Pollution

Field Camp


SENIOR THESIS ADVISEES (Salem State University)


Allen, Rachel: Geophysical investigation of a glacial outwash perched aquifer, Acworth, NH

Annadale, Mary: Late Quaternary environments and sea level history of Salem Harbor, MA

Cudmore, Devin: Exploratory investigation of a hypothetical late Holocene tsunami in the Gulf of Maine

El-Ashkar, Shadya: Paleotsunami investigation: Rockport, MA

Knights, Cooper: Paleolimnology of Walden Pond, Concord, MA


Hensley, Justin: Geologic History of Rosier Creek, VA, as interpreted from an estuarine sediment core in the Potomac River

Killam, Chris: Using stable isotopes of organic matter to examine the late Holocene environmental history of Rosier Creek Salt Marsh, Northern Neck of Virginia

Love, Heath: Paleoenvironmental record of climate variation and sea level change through proxy analysis of sediment cores, Cape Cod, MA

Pino, Chelsey: Geologic History of the Succatash Creek Salt Marsh, Rockport, MA

Ramsdell, James: Environmental change in a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay reflected in late Holocene estuarine sediments

Wondolowski, Nick: Stratigraphic significance of paleo-oysters in the Potomac River, VA


Incatasciato, Joe: Utilization of salt marsh stable isotopes to reconstruct relative sea level

Kielb, Shelley: Cultural eutrophication of Sluice Pond, MA

Parent, Andrew: Combined litho- and seismic-stratigraphic investigation of Vatnsdalsvatn, Iceland


Boglione, Robert: Sub-bottom SONAR stratigraphy and Quaternary geologic history of Middle Ground, Salem Sound, MA

Lavoie (Jones), Jessica: Stable isotope analysis of seasonal sedimentation patterns of Icelandic lake sediments

Louisos, Jeremy: ?13C, ?15N, and ?34S as source indicators for particulate matter in Salem Harbor, MA


Azucena, Phoebe: An integrated stable isotopic reconstruction of environmental change from Thidriksvalsvatn, Iceland

Gillespie, Bridgette: Nature and causes of turbidity events in Salem Harbor, MA

Palermo, Jen: Carbon cycling in Vatnsdalsvatn, Iceland

Stamison, Alexa: An integrated isotopic approach to identify periods of barrier breaching, Rekavikavatn, Iceland


Shaina Cohen: Integrated lithostratigraphic/GPR investigation of paleo-tidal inlets, Phillips Barrier Beach, MA

Kevin McAndrews: Late Holocene regional lacustrine sedimentation patterns, Dead River watershed, Maine

Kristen McCormack: Holocene stratigraphy and geologic history of Phillips Beach as interpreted from back barrier lagoonal sediment archives

John Strom: Stratigraphy and geologic history of Vatnsdalsvatn, Iceland


ML Crispo: Multi-proxy analysis of organic matter sedimentation in three Maine lakes

Brad Hammond: Regional coherence in organic carbon deposition in selected Maine lakes

Ellen Kristiansen: Evidence of anthropogenic influences on Salem Sound as interpreted from dated sediment cores

Cam Morissette: Regional climate variability as preserved in high-resolution lacustrine sediment archives

Dan Munroe: Analysis of particulate organic carbon, Evidence of alteration and measurements of lake nutrients in lacustrine environments

Ann Surette: The morphologic responses of Phillips Beach (MA) to meteorological conditions, 2010-2011


Crescenzi, Em: Historic trace metal accumulation in Sluice Pond, MA: Linkages between industry and the environment

English, Chip: Holocene organic carbon sources and accumulation rates as recorded by sediments from Conroy Lake, ME

Lewis, Jon: Comparison of the seismic and lithostratigraphic record of Holocene sediments preserved in Sluice Pond, MA


Ciapciak, Courtnie: A multi-proxy analysis of sediment cores from Chain of Ponds, Maine

Sherman, Andrea: A stratigraphic investigation of the Goldthwait Reserve salt marsh, Marblehead, MA


Ritch, Nicole: Analysis of core sediments gathered from Sluice Pond (Lynn, MA) indicate post-glacial environmental changes

Selected Publications

Hubeny, J.B., Kenney, M., Warren, B., Louisos, J.*, 2017, Multi-faceted monitoring of estuarine turbidity and particulate matter provenance: Case study from Salem Harbor, USA: Science of the Total Environment, v. 574, 629-641,

Bhattacharya, R., Hausmann, S., Hubeny, J.B., Gell, P., Black, J.L., 2016, Ecological response to changing hydrological variability and catchment development: Insights from a shallow oxbow lake in Lower Mississippi Valley, Arkansas: Science of the Total Environment, v. 569-570, 1087-1097,

Cantwell, M.G., Sullivan J.C., Katz, D.R., Burgess, R.M., Hubeny, J.B., King, J.W., 2015, Source determination of Benzotriazoles in sediment cores from two urban estuaries on the Atlantic Coast of the United States: Marine Pollution Bulletin, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.10.075.

Hubeny, J.B., McCarthy, F.M.G., Lewis, J.*, Drljepan, M., Morissette, C.*, King, J.W., Cantwell, M., Hudson, N.M.*, and Crispo, M.L.*, 2015, The Paleohydrology of Sluice Pond, NE Massachusetts, and its regional significance: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 53 (3), 271-287.

Drljepan, M., McCarthy, F.M.G., and Hubeny, J.B., 2014, Natural and cultural eutrophication of Sluice Pond, MA recorded by algal and protozoan microfossils: The Holocene, v. 24 (12), 1731-1742.

Tibert, N.E., Hubeny, J.B., Abbot, M., Kiker, J.M.*, Walker, L.J.*, and McKenzie, S.*, 2012, Late Holocene sedimentation and paleoenvironmental history for the tidal marshes of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, tributaries to Chesapeake Bay: Virginia Journal of Science, v. 63 (3-4), 91-109.

Tibert, N.E., Walker, L.J.*, Patterson, W.P., Hubeny, J.B., Jones, E.*, Cooper, O.R.*, 2012, A centennial record of paleosalinity change in the tidal reaches of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, Tributaries to Chesapeake Bay: Virginia Journal of Science, v. 63(3-4), 111-128.

Hubeny, J. B., King, J. W., and Reddin, M.*, 2011, Northeast US precipitation variability and North American climate teleconnections interpreted from late Holocene varved sediments: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 108 (44), 17895-17900.

Lewis, C. F. M., Rea, D. K., Hubeny, J. B., Thompson, T. A., Blasco, S. M., King, J. W., Reddin, M.*, and Moore, T. C., Jr., 2010, Using geological history of the Laurentian Great Lakes to better understand their future: Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, v. 13(2), 118-126.

Hubeny, J.B., King, J.W., and Cantwell, M., 2009, Anthropogenic influences on estuarine sedimentation and ecology: Examples from the varved sediments of the Pettaquamscutt River Estuary, Rhode Island: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 41 (2), p. 297-314.

King, J.W., Hubeny, J.B., Gibson, C., Laliberte, E., Ford, K., Cantwell, M., McKinney, R., and Appleby, P.G., 2008, Anthropogenic eutrophication of Narragansett Bay: Evidence from dated sediment cores, in Desbonnet, A., and Costa-Pierce, B.A., eds., Science for Ecosystem-based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century, Springer, New York, NY, 570 pp.

Lewis, C.F.M., King, J.W., Blasco, S.M., Brooks, G.R., Coakley, J.P., Croley, T.E. II, Dettman, D.L., Edwards, T.W.D., Heil, C.W., Jr., Hubeny, J.B., Laird, K.R., McAndrews, J.H., McCarthy, F.M.G., Medioli, B.E., Moore, T.C., Jr., Rea, D.K., and Smith, A.J., 2008, Dry climate disconnected the Laurentian Great Lakes: EOS, v. 89 (52), p. 541-542.

Shanahan, T.M., Overpeck, J.T., Hubeny, J.B., King, J., Hu, F.S., Hughen, K., Miller, J., and Black, J., 2008, Scanning µ-XRF elemental mapping: A new tool for the study of laminated sediment records: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, v. 9.

Lewis, C.F.M., Heil, C.W., Jr., Hubeny, J.B., King, J.W., Moore, T.C., Jr., and Rea, D.K., 2007, The classic Stanley Unconformity in northwestern Lake Huron, evidence for a closed low stand about 7500 14C BP: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 37 (3), p. 435-452.

Hubeny, J.B., King, J.W., and Santos, A., 2006, Subdecadal to multidecadal cycles of Late Holocene North Atlantic climate variability preserved by estuarine fossil pigments: Geology, v. 34 (7), p. 569-572.

Lima, A.L., Hubeny, J.B., Reddy, C.M., King, J.W., Hughen, K.A., and Eglinton, T.I., 2005, High-resolution historical records from Pettaquamscutt River basin sediments: 1. 210Pb and varve chronologies validate record of 137Cs released by the Chernobyl accident: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 69, p. 1803-1812.

Selected Presentations

* Undergraduate Student Author

Clevenger, M.*, Tibert, N.E., Hubeny, J.B., Cronin, T.M., Prescott, T.*, Lyle, R.C.*, 2015, A millennial record of marsh accretion in the tidal reaches of the Potomac River: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 2. 

Doner, L.A., Bolaski, B., Orejola, N., Hubeny, J.B., Palermo, J.A., Maki, C.. Serreze, M., Green, M.B., 2015, Sediment records of modern and past climate and land use in northwest Iceland: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 105.

Hubeny, J.B., Sablock, P., Cohen, S., McCormack, K., Surette, A.M., 2015, Late Holocene evolution of the Phillips Beach welded barrier system, Swampscott, MA: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 44.

Incatasciato, J.M.*, Hubeny, J.B., Vaillancourt, T.S., 2015, Salt marsh stratigraphy and environmental history: Forest River Estuary, Salem, Massachusetts: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 127.

Moulton, C., Tibert, N.E., Hubeny, J.B., Rizzo, B., Cronin, T.M., Neilson, M.*, 2015, A millennial record of oyster colonies in the central Potomac Estuary along the northern neck of Virginia: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 2.   

Monecke, K., Ebel, J.E., Hubeny, J.B., Atanassova, I.*, Janigian, G.A.*, Michaelsen, S.A.*, 2015, Investigating earthquake-induced deformation features in lake sediments of northeastern Massachusetts, USA: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 56.

Parent A.*, Hubeny, J.B., Doner, L.A., 2015, Reconstruction of the Late Quaternary paleoenvironment utilizing seismic interpretation and geochemical analyses, Vatnsdalsvatn, Iceland: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 124.

Shielb, S.*, Hubeny, J.B., Vaillancourt, T.S, Monecke, K., McCarthy, F.M.G., 2015, Limnogeologic record of anthropogenic alterations preserved in Sluice Pond, Lynn Massachusetts: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 3, p. 96. *Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award*

Boglione, R.L.* and Hubeny, J.B., 2014, Sub-bottom SONAR stratigraphy and Quaternary geologic history of Middle Ground, Salem Sound, Massachusetts: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46,no. 2, p. 103.  

Cantwell, M.G., Sullivan, J.C., Katz, D.R., Hubeny, J.B., and Burgess, R.M., 2014, Temporal trends and evidence of preservation of benzotriazoles in coastal sediments of the United States: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35th Annual Meeting.

Hubeny, J.B., Jacques, L., Lavoie, J.J.*, Palermo, J.A.*, Parent, A*, Strom, J.E.*, 2014, From source to sink: Sediment organic matter in four lacustrine watersheds, Westfjords, Iceland: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 784.

Incatasciato, J.M.* and Hubeny, J.B., 2014, Evaluation of stable isotopic marsh zonation in the Forest River Estuary, Salem, Massachusetts: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 749.    

Kielb, S.*, Atanassova, I.*, Hubeny, J.B., Monecke, K., McCarthy, F.M.G., 2014, Cultural eutrophication of Sluice Pond, Lynn Massachusetts, reconstructed from stable isotopes preserved in dated sediment cores: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 747.

Lavoie, J.J.*, Hubeny, J.B., and Palermo, J.A., 2014, Stable isotope analysis of seasonal sedimentation patterns of Icelandic lake sediments: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 2, p. 84.        

Louisos, J.*, Hubeny, J.B., Warren, B., 2014, ?13C, ?15N, and ?34S as source indicators for particulate matter in Salem Harbor, MA: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 2, p. 104. *Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award*

Louisos, J.*, and Hubeny, J.B., 2014, ?13C, ?15N, and ?34S as source indicators for particulate matter in Salem Harbor, MA: NEERS Spring 2014 Meeting Program, p. 32.

Orejola, N., Doner, L.A., Hubeny, J.B., 2014, Sedimentological approach to storm surge and flood identification in a climate sensitive Iceland lake: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 817. 

Parent, A.*, Hubeny, J.B., Doner, L., 2014, Geophysical investigation of late Quaternary geology, Lake Vatnsdalsvatn, Iceland: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 341.   

Lewis, J.*, and Hubeny, J. B., 2010, A multi-proxy study of a five meter sediment core from Sluice Pond, Lynn, MA: Comparison of lithostratigraphic and seismic records: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, no. 1, p. 70. *Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award*

Crescenzi, E.*, Hubeny, J.B., Buttner, J.K., Fregeau, M., Weston, S., and Shields, T., 2009, Grain size characterization and soft shell (Mya arenaria) clam survival rates in selected Boston Harbor tidal flats: Proceedings of the New England Estuarine Research Society Spring 2009 Meeting. *Best Undergraduate Poster Award*

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my wife KC, sons Clark and Logan, and dog Max when I am not at school.  I am also an avid telemark skiier when I can escape to the mountains.