David John Mallinson

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David John Mallinson

Department of Geological Sciences

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina 27858

Tel: (252)328-1344; Fax: (252)328-4391

Email: mallinsond@ecu.edu

Institution Field of Study Degree Date

University of South Florida Marine Science Ph.D. 1995

East Carolina University Geology M.S. 1988

East Carolina University Geology B.S. 1984


  • Coastal processes, geophysics, stratigraphy and sedimentology

  • Quaternary paleoclimates and sea-level change


  • 08/20/13 – present. Professor; Dept. of Geological Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

  • 08/20/07 – 08/20/13. Associate Professor; Dept. of Geological Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

  • 01/05/01 – 08/19/07. Assistant Professor; Dept. of Geological Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858

  • 8/96 – 12/31/00. Associate Research Scientist; College of Marine Science, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, FL

  • 10/98-12/98. Stratigraphic Correlator / Physical Properties Specialist: ODP Leg 182, Great Australian Bight.

  • 8/94 - 8/96. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; Dept. of Marine Science, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg.

  • 6/90 - 8/94. Doctoral Research Fellow; Dept. of Marine Science, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg.

  • 7/89 - 5/90. Environmental Consultant; Environmental Services, Inc., Jacksonville, FL.

  • 8/87 - 8/89. Geology / Oceanography Lecturer; Dept. of Geology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

  • 1/82 - 5/87. Field And Laboratory Geologist / XRD Technician; Depts. of Geology and Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.; Dept. of Geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.


  • Climate Change: A Geological Perspective (GEOL3800), East Carolina University

  • Advanced Stratigraphic Analysis (GEOL6250), East Carolina University

  • Global Warming and Climate Change Honors Seminar (HNRS 2316, HNRS 2416), East Carolina University

  • Introduction to Oceanography (GEOL1550), East Carolina University

  • Dynamic Earth (GEOL1500), East Carolina University

  • The Geology of Coastal Processes (GEOL5300), East Carolina University

  • Marine Geology (GEOL5350), East Carolina University

  • Geophysics, East Carolina University - Invited demonstration of GPR equipment

  • Maritime Studies, East Carolina University - Invited lecture on geophysical techniques in the coastal environment

  • Land-Sea Interactions, Geology, East Carolina University - Invited lecture on Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating techniques

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Marine Geology, University of South Florida

  • Introduction to Oceanography, Geology Dept., Emory University

  • Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory, Geology Dept., Emory University

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Physical Geology Laboratory, East Carolina University

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Structural Geology, East Carolina University


Mallinson, D., Culver, S., Leorri, E., Mitra, S., Mulligan, R., Riggs, S., accepted (2016). Barrier Island and Estuary Co-evolution in Response to Holocene Climate and Sea-Level Change: Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks Barrier Islands, North Carolina, USA. For Moore, L., and Murray, B. (eds.), Barrier Dynamics and the Impact of Climate Change on Barrier Evolution. Springer Publishing.

Culver, S.J., Farrell, K.M., Mallinson, D.J., Willard, D.A., Horton, B.P., Riggs, S.R., Thieler, E.R., Wehmiller, J.F., Parham, P.R., Moore, J.P., Snyder, S.W., Hillier, C., 2016. Micropaleontologic record of Pliocene and Quaternary paleoenvironments in the southern Albemarle Embayment, North Carolina, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 457, 360-379.

Zaremba, N., Mallinson, D., Leorri, E., Culver, S., Riggs, S., Mulligan, R., Horsman, E., 2016. Controls on the stratigraphic record and paleoenvironmental change within a Holocene estuarine system: Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, USA. Marine Geology 379, 109-123.

Lazar, K., Mallinson, D., Culver, S., 2016. Late Quaternary development of the Croatan Beach Ridge Complex, Bogue Sound, and Bogue Banks, NC, USA and implications for coastal evolution. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science 174, 49-64.

Moore, C.R., Brooks, M.J., Mallinson, D.F., Parham, P.R., Ivester, A.H., Feathers, J.K., 2016. The Quaternary evolution of Herndon Bay, a Carolina Bay on the coastal plain of North Carolina (USA): Implications for paleoclimate and oriented lake genesis. Southeastern Geology 51(4), 145-171.

Mulligan, R., Mallinson, D., Clunies, G., Zaremba, N., Leorri, E., Culver, S., Mitra, S., Riggs, S., 2015. Sediment Dynamics and Morphological Evolution of a Large Back-Barrier Estuary. Coastal Sediments 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/9789814689977_0205

Poppeliers, C., Mallinson, D., 2015. High-frequency seismic noise generated from breaking shallow water ocean waves and the link to time-variable sea states. Geophysical Research Letters. 10.1002/2015GL066126.

Culver, S.J., Leorri, E., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R., Shazili, 2015. Recent coastal evolution and sea-level rise; Setiu Wetland, Peninsular Malaysia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 417, 406-421.

Moran, K.L., Mallinson, D.J., Culver, S.J., Leorri, E., Mulligan, R.P., 2014. Late Holocene evolution of Currituck Sound, North Carolina, USA: Environmental change driven by sea-level rise, storms and barrier island morphology. Journal of Coastal Research 31, 827-841.

Van de Plassche, O., Wright, A.J., Horton, B.P., Engelhart, S.E., Kemp, A.C., Mallinson, D.J., Kopp, R.E., 2014. Estimating tectonic uplift of the Cape Fear Arch (south-eastern United States Atlantic coast) using reconstructions of Holocene relative sea level. Journal of Quaternary Science: doi:10.1002/jqs.2746.

Mallinson, D.J., Culver, S.J., Corbett, D.R., Parham, P.R., Shazili, N.A.M., Yaacob, R., 2014. Holocene coastal response to monsoons and relative sea-level changes in northeast Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 91, 194-205.

Mallinson, D., Hine, A., Naar, D., Locker, S., Donahue, B., 2014. New perspectives on the geology and origin of the Florida Middle Ground carbonate banks, West Florida Shelf, USA. Marine Geology 355, 54-70.

Culver, S.J., Leorri, E., Corbett, D.R., Mallinson, D.J., Shazili, N.A.M., Mohammad, M.N., Parham, P.R., Yaacob, R., 2014. Infaunal mangrove swamp foraminifera in the Setiu Wetland, Terengganu, Malaysia. Journal of Foraminiferal Research.

Thornberg, H.M., Culver, S.J., Corbett, D.R., Mallinson, D.J., Buzas, M.A., Shazili, N.A., 2014. The influence of aquaculture on modern foraminifera and sediments in the Setiu Estuary and Lagoon, Terengganu, Malaysia: a temporal investigation. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 44, 365-389.

Ellis, A.M., Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R., Leorri, E., Buzas, M.A., Shazili, N.A., 2014. The influence of aquaculture on modern foraminifera and sediments in the Setiu Estuary and Lagoon, Terengganu, Malaysia: a spatial investigation. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 44, 390-415.

Manda, A.K., Sisco, M.S., Mallinson, D.J., Griffin, M.T., 2014. Relative role and extent of marine and groundwater inundation on a dune-dominated barrier island under sea-level rise scenarios. Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.10303.

Thieler, E. R., Foster, D. S., Himmelstoss, E. A., & Mallinson, D. J. (2014).  Geologic framework of the northern North Carolina, USA inner continental shelf and its influence on coastal evolution.  Marine Geology, 348, 113-130.

Farrell, K.M., Harris, B.W., Mallinson, D.J., Culver, S.J., Riggs, S.R., Wehmiller, J.F., Pierson, J., Self-Trail, J.M., Lautier, J.C., 2013. Graphic logging for interpreting process-generated stratigraphic sequences and aquifer/reservoir potential: with analog shelf tp shoreface examples from the Atlantic Coastal Plain Province, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research 83, 723-745.

Peek, K.M., Mallinson, D.J., Culver, S.J., and Mahan, S.A., 2013. Holocene geologic development of the Cape Hatteras Region, Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA. Journal of Coastal Research.

Burdette, K., Rink, J., Mallinson, D., Means, G.H., Parham, P., 2013. Electron spin resonance optical dating of marine, estuarine, and aeolian sediments in Florida. Quaternary Research 79, 66-74.

Parham, P.R., Riggs, S.R., Culver, S.J. and Mallinson, D.J., Farrell, K.M., and Rink, W.J., 2013. Quaternary coastal lithosomes, depositional environments, and sequence development in a passive margin setting, northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Sedimentology 60, 503-547

Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R., Rouf, A.A., Noor, A.M.S., Yaacob, R., Whittaker, J.E., Parham, P.R., 2012. Distribution of foraminifera in the Setiu Estuary and Lagoon, Malaysia. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 42, 109-133.

Farrell, K.M., Harris, B.W., Mallinson, D.J., Culver, S.J., Riggs, S.R., Pierson, J., Self-Trail, J.M., Lautier, J.C., 2012. Standardizing texture and facies codes for interpreting process-based classification of clastic sediment and rock. Journal of Sedimentary Research 82, 364-378.

Burdette, K.E., Rink, J., Lopez, W., Mallinson, D.J., Parham, P.R., Reinhardt, E.G., 2012. Geologic investigation and optical dating of Quaternary siliciclastic sediments near Apalachicola, north-west Florida, USA. Sedimentology 59, 1836-1849.

Brooks, G., Mallinson, D., 2011. The Florida Middle Ground Relict Reef Complex. In, N.A. Buster and C.H. Holmes (eds.), Gulf of Mexico: Origin, Waters, and Biota; Volume 3, Geology. Texas A&M Press, College Station, TX. 331-339.  

Parham, P., Riggs, S., Culver, S., Mallinson, D., Wehmiller, J., 2011. Change in astronomical tidal regime as a control on the Holocene development of an organic-rich coastal zone, North Carolina, USA. Southeastern Geology, 48, 51-72.

Grand Pre, C., Culver, S., Mallinson, D., Farrell, K., Corbett, D., Horton, B., Hillier, C., Riggs, S., Snyder, S., Buzas, M., 2011. Rapid Holocene coastal change revealed by high resolution micropaleontological analysis, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Research 76, 319-334.

Leorri, E., Mulligan, R., Mallinson, D., Cearreta, A., 2011. Sea-level rise and local tidal range changes in coastal embayments: An added complexity in developing reliable sea-level index points. The Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management 11(3), 307-314.

Mallinson, D. J., Smith, C., Mahan, S., Culver, S., McDowell, K., 2011. Barrier Island Response to Late Holocene Climate Events, North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Research. 76, 46-57

Culver, S., Farrell, K., Mallinson, D., Willard, D., Horton, B., Riggs, S., Thieler, R., Wehmiller, J., Parham, P., Snyder, S., Hillier, C., 2011. Micropaleontological record of Quaternary paleoenvironments in the Central Albemarle Embayment, North Carolina, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 305, 227-249.

Pruitt, R. J., Culver, S. J. , Buzas, M. A. , Corbett, D. R. , Horton, B. P. , Mallinson, D.J., 2010.  Modern foraminiferal distribution and recent environmental change in Core Sound, North Carolina, USA.   Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 40 (4), 344-365.

Burdette, K.E., Rink, W.J., Mallinson, D.J., Parham, P.R., Reinhardt, E.G., 2010. Geologic investigation and optical dating of the Merritt Island sand ridge sequence, eastern Florida, USA. Southeastern Geology 47, 175-190.

O’Driscoll, M., Johnson, P., Mallinson, D., 2010. Geological controls and effects of floodplain asymmetry on river-groundwater interactions in the southeastern coastal plain, USA. Hydrogeology Journal 18, 1265-1279.

Mallinson, D.J., Smith, C.W., Culver, S.J., Riggs, S.R., Ames, D., 2010. Geological characteristics and spatial distribution of paleo-inlet channels beneath the Outer Banks Barrier Islands, North Carolina, USA. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 88, 175-189.

Mallinson, D., Culver, S., Riggs, S., Thieler, E.R., Foster, D., Wehmiller, J., Farrell, K., Pierson, J., 2010. Regional seismic stratigraphy and controls on the Quaternary evolution of the Cape Hatteras region of the Atlantic passive margin; USA. Marine Geology 268, 16-33.

Wehmiller, J. F., Thieler, E. R., Miller, D., Pellerito, V., Bakeman, V. R., Riggs, S. R., Culver, S., Mallinson, D., Farrell, K., York, L. L., Pierson, J., Parham, P., Hoffman, C. W., 2010. Aminostratigraphy of surface and subsurface Quaternary units, Coastal Plain of North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 459-592.

Horton, B.P., Peltier, W.R., Culver, S.J., Drummond, R., Engelhart, S.E., Kemp, A.C., Mallinson, D., Thieler, E.R., Riggs, S.R., Ames, D.V., 2009. Holocene sea-level changes along the North Carolina coastline: implications for glacial adjustment models and current rates of sea-level change. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 1725-1736.

Riggs, S.R., Ames, D.V., Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Corbett, D.R., Walsh, J.P., 2009. In the eye of a human hurricane: Oregon Inlet, Pea Island, and the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina. In J.T. Kelley, R.S. Young, and O.H. Pilkey (eds.), Identifying America’s Most Vulnerable Oceanfront Communities: A Geological Perspective, Geological Society of America, Special Publication. 43-72.

Smith, C.G., Culver, S.J., Mallinson, D.J., Riggs, S.R., Corbett, D.R., 2009. Using foraminifera to recognize former flood-tide deltas in the Holocene stratigraphic record: examples from the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Stratigraphy 6, 61-78.

Hine, A.C., Halley, R.B., Locker, S.D., Jarrett, B.D., Jaap, W.C., Mallinson, D.J., Ciembronowicz, K.T., Ogden, N.B., Donahue, B.T., Naar, D.F., 2008. Coral Reefs, Present and Past, on the West Florida Shelf and Platform Margin. In, B.M. Riegl and R.E. Dodge (eds.), Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, 803 pp.

*selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2008” by Choice Magazine. The review can be found at the following link. http://www.cro2.org/default.aspx?page=reviewdisplay&pid=3407148

Burdette, K., Mallinson, D., 2008. Geologic framework of the Currituck sand ridges, northeastern North Carolina. Southeastern Geology 46, 1-16.

Culver, S., Farrell, K., Mallinson, D., Horton, B., Willard, D., Theiler, E., Riggs, S., Snyder, S., Wehmiller, J., Bernhardt, C., Hillier, C., 2008. Micropaleontologic record of late Pliocene and Quaternary paleoenvironments in the northern Albemarle embayment, North Carolina, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 264, 54-77.

Mallinson, D., Mahan, S., Moore, C., 2008. High resolution shallow geologic characterization of a late Pleistocene eolian environment using ground penetrating radar and optically stimulated luminescence techniques: North Carolina, USA. Southeastern Geology 45, 161-177

Mallinson, D., Burdette, K., Mahan, S., Brook, G. 2008. Optically Stimulated Luminescence Age Controls on late Pleistocene and Holocene Coastal Lithosomes: North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Research 69, 97-109.

Smith, C., Riggs, S., Culver, S., Ames, D., Corbett, D., Mallinson, D., 2008. Geospatial Analysis of Barrier Island Width of Two Segments of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA: anthropogenic curtailment of natural self-sustaining processes. Journal of Coastal Research 24, 70-83.

Culver, S., Grand Pre, C., Mallinson, D., Riggs, S., Corbett, D., Foley, J., Hale, M., Ricardo, J., Rosenberger, J., Smith, C.G., Smith, C.W., Snyder, S., Twamley, D., Farrell, K., Horton, B., 2007. Late Holocene Barrier Island Collapse: Outer Banks, North Carolina, U.S.A. The Sedimentary Record 5, 4-8.

Goni, M., Alleau, Y., Corbett, R. Walsh, J.P., Mallinson, D., Allison, M., Gordon, E., Petsch, S., Dellapenna, T., 2007. The effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the seabed of the Louisiana shelf. The Sedimentary Record 5, 4-9

Corbett, D., Vance, D., Letrick, E., Mallinson, D., Culver, S., 2007. Decadal-scale sediment dynamics and environmental change in the Albemarle estuarine system, North Carolina. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 71, 717-729.

Parham, P., Riggs, S., Culver, S., Mallinson, D., 2007. Quaternary depositional patterns and sea-level fluctuations, Northeastern North Carolina. Quaternary Research 67, 83-99.

Walsh, J.P., Corbett, D., Mallinson, D., Goni, M., Dail, M., Loewy, C., Marciniak, K., Ryan, K., Smith, C., Stevens, A., Sumners, B., Tesi, T., 2006. Mississippi Delta mudflow triggered by recent Gulf hurricanes. Eos 88, 477-479.

McIntyre, M.L., Naar, D.F., Carder, K.L., Donahue, B.T., Mallinson, D.J., 2006. Coastal bathymetry derived from hyperspectral remote sensing data: comparisons with high resolution multibeam bathymetry. Marine Geophysical Researches 27, 129-136.

Culver, S.J., Ames, D.V., Corbett, D.R., Mallinson, D.J., Riggs, S.R., Smith, C.G., and Vance, D.J., 2006. Foraminiferal and sedimentary record of late Holocene barrier island evolution, Pea Island, North Carolina: The role of storm overwash, inlet processes, and anthropogenic modification. Journal of Coastal Research 22:836-846.

Mallinson, D., Riggs, S., Culver, S., Thieler, R., Foster, D. Corbett, D., Farrell, K., Wehmiller, J., 2005. Late Neogene and Quaternary evolution of the northern Albemarle Embayment (Mid-Atlantic Continental Margin, USA). Marine Geology 217, 97-117.

Mallinson, D., Flower, B., Hine, A., Brooks, G., Garza, R., 2003. Paleoclimate implications of high latitude precession-scale mineralogic fluctuations during early Oligocene Antarctic glaciation: The Great Australian Bight record. Global and Planetary Change, 39, 257-269.

Mallinson, D., Hine, A., Hallock, P., Locker, S., Shinn, E., Naar, D., Donahue, B., Weaver, D., 2003. Development of small carbonate banks on the south Florida Platform margin: response to sea level and climate change. Marine Geology, 199, 45-63.

Harrison, S.E, Locker, S.D, Hine, A.C., Edwards, J. H., Naar, D.F., Twichell, D.C., and Mallinson, D.J. 2003. Seafloor characteristics and process-response relationships of sediment starved sand ridges on a mixed carbonate/siliciclastic inner shelf off west-central Florida. Marine Geology, 200, 171-194.

James, N., and ODP Leg 182 Science Party, 2000. Quaternary bryozoan reef mounds in cool-water, upper slope environments: Great Australian Bight: Geology 28, 647-650.

Compton, J., Mallinson, D., Filippelli, G., Föllmi, K., Glenn, C., Shields, G., Zanin, Y., 2000. Variations in the global phosphorus cycle: in Marine Authigenesis: From Global to Microbial, SEPM Special Publication, 21-34.

Hine, A.C., Feary, D.A., Malone, M.J., and the Leg 182 Shipboard Party, 1999. Shelf-edge Gas, Bryozoan Mounds, and Southern Ocean Development – exciting first findings from ODP Leg 182: Eos, v. 80, No. 44.

Mallinson, D.J., Compton, J.S., 1998. The influence of Fe-sulfide oxidation on the sulfur isotopic analysis of Miocene phosphorites from Florida, USA: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 62, p. 3689-3694.

Mallinson, D.J., Locker, S., Hafen, M., Naar, D., Hine, A., Lavoie, D., Schock, S. 1997. A high resolution geological and geophysical investigation of the Dry Tortugas carbonate depositional environment: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 17, no. 4, p. 237-245.

Mallinson, D.J., Compton, J.S., 1997. Linking phosphogenic episodes on the southeast U.S. margin to marine 13C and 18O records: Geology, v. 25, no. 2, p. 103-106.

Compton, J.S. Mallinson, D.J., 1996, Geochemical consequences of increased Late Cenozoic continental weathering rates and the global CO2 balance: Paleoceanography, v. 11, no. 4, p. 431-446.

Mallinson, D.J., Compton, J.S., 1995. Mixed carbonate - siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy utilizing Sr-isotopes: Deciphering the Miocene sea-level history on the Florida Platform: in B. Haq ed., Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional Response to Eustatic, Tectonic and Climatic Forcing, Kluwer Academic Press, p. 25-58.

Mallinson, D.J., Compton, J.S., Snyder, S.W., Hodell, D.A., 1994. Strontium isotopes and Miocene sequence stratigraphy across the northeast Florida Platform: Journal of Sedimentary Research B64, 392-407.

Compton, J.S., Hall, D.L., Mallinson, D.J., Hodell, D.A., 1994. Origin of dolomite in the Miocene Hawthorn Group of Florida: Journal of Sedimentary Research A64, 638-649.

Compton, J.S., Hodell, D.A., Garrido, J., Mallinson, D.J., 1993. Origin and age of phosphorite from the south-central Florida Platform: Relation of phosphogenesis to sea-level fluctuations and 13C excursions: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 57, 131-146.

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