Joel Johnson

Phone: (603) 862-4080
Office: Earth Sciences, James Hall Rm 338, Durham, NH 03824
Joel Johnson


  • Ph.D., Geological Oceanography, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Structural Geology & Tectonics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Geology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 400: Freshman Field Seminar
  • ESCI 501: Introduction to Oceanography
  • ESCI 631: Structural Geology
  • ESCI 754/854: Sedimentology
  • ESCI 756/856: Geotectonics
  • ESCI 759/859: Geological Oceanography
  • ESCI 796/896: Topics/Newfoundland Field Trip
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Argentino, C., Conti, S., Crutchley, G. J., Fioroni, C., Fontana, D., & Johnson, J. E. (2019). Methane-derived authigenic carbonates on accretionary ridges: Miocene case studies in the northern Apennines (Italy) compared with modern submarine counterparts. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 102, 860-872. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.01.026

Wallmann, K., Riedel, M., Hong, W. L., Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Pape, T., . . . Bohrmann, G. (2018). Gas hydrate dissociation off Svalbard induced by isostatic rebound rather than global warming. Nature Communications, 9(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02550-9

Phillips, S. C., Hong, W. -L., Johnson, J. E., Fahnestock, M. F., & Bryce, J. G. (2018). Authigenic carbonate formation influenced by freshwater inputs and methanogenesis in coal-bearing strata offshore Shimokita, Japan (IODP site C0020). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 96, 288-303. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.06.007

Waghorn, K. A., Bünz, S., Plaza-Faverola, A., & Johnson, J. E. (2018). 3-D Seismic Investigation of a Gas Hydrate and Fluid Flow System on an Active Mid-Ocean Ridge; Svyatogor Ridge, Fram Strait. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 19(8), 2325-2341. doi:10.1029/2018gc007482

Wik, M., Johnson, J. E., Crill, P. M., DeStasio, J. P., Erickson, L., Halloran, M. J., . . . Varner, R. K. (2018). Sediment Characteristics and Methane Ebullition in Three Subarctic Lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 123(8), 2399-2411. doi:10.1029/2017jg004298

Johnson, J. E., Mienert, J., Plaza-Faverola, A., Vadakkepuliyambatta, S., Knies, J., Bünz, S., . . . Ferré, B. (2015). Abiotic methane from ultraslow-spreading ridges can charge Arctic gas hydrates. Geology, 43(5), 371-374. doi:10.1130/g36440.1

Johnson, J. E., Phillips, S. C., Torres, M. E., Piñero, E., Rose, K. K., & Giosan, L. (2014). Influence of total organic carbon deposition on the inventory of gas hydrate in the Indian continental margins. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 58, 406-424. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.08.021

Rose, K. K., Johnson, J. E., Torres, M. E., Hong, W. -L., Giosan, L., Solomon, E. A., . . . Todd Schaef, H. (2014). Anomalous porosity preservation and preferential accumulation of gas hydrate in the Andaman accretionary wedge, NGHP-01 site 17A. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 58, 99-116. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.04.009

Phillips, S. C., Johnson, J. E., Giosan, L., & Rose, K. (2014). Monsoon-influenced variation in productivity and lithogenic sediment flux since 110 ka in the offshore Mahanadi Basin, northern Bay of Bengal. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 58, 502-525. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.05.007

Phillips, S. C., Johnson, J. E., Miranda, E., & Disenhof, C. (2011). Improving CHN measurements in carbonate-rich marine sediments. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 9(5), 194-203. doi:10.4319/lom.2011.9.194

Tréhu, A. M., Long, P. E., Torres, M. E., Bohrmann, G., Rack, F. R., Collett, T. S., . . . Schultheiss, P. (2004). Three-dimensional distribution of gas hydrate beneath southern Hydrate Ridge: constraints from ODP Leg 204. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 222(3-4), 845-862. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2004.03.035

Johnson, J. E., Goldfinger, C., & Suess, E. (2003). Geophysical constraints on the surface distribution of authigenic carbonates across the Hydrate Ridge region, Cascadia margin. Marine Geology, 202(1-2), 79-120. doi:10.1016/s0025-3227(03)00268-8

Goldfinger, C., Nelson, C. H., Johnson, J. E., & Party, S. S. (2003). Holocene earthquake records from the Cascadia subduction zone and northern San Andreas Fault based on precise dating of offshore turbidites. ANNUAL REVIEW OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES, 31, 555-577. doi:10.1146/

Johnson, J. E., Goldfinger, C., Tréhu, A. M., Bangs, N. L. B., Torres, M. E., & Chevallier, J. (n.d.). North-South Variability in the History of Deformation and Fluid Venting across Hydrate Ridge, Cascadia Margin. doi:10.2973/

Graw, M. F., D'Angelo, G., Borchers, M., Thurber, A. R., Johnson, J. E., Zhang, C., . . . Colwell, F. S. (n.d.). Energy Gradients Structure Microbial Communities Across Sediment Horizons in Deep Marine Sediments of the South China Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.00729