Brad Hubeny

Brad Hubeny

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-331A
Phone: 978-542-6994

Summer Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1701 01 GLS470 Field Geology I

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 uses sediment records preserved at the bottom of lakes and estuaries to reconstruct past environmental and climatic conditions.  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 currently have funding to study organic carbon cycling and deposition in Maine lakes, including regional coherencies in the patterns.  I am also dabbling in research to address significant sedimentary factors that affect juvenile clam survival in tidal flats.


Courses I typically teach:

Physical Geology

Historical Geology


Estuaries and Pollution

Field Camp


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

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

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

Ciapciak, Courtnie: A multi-proxy analysis of sediment cores from Chain of Ponds, Maine (2008/09)

Sherman, Andrea: A stratigraphic investigation of the Goldthwait Reserve salt marsh, Marblehead, MA (2008/09)

Ritch, Nicole: Analysis of cure sediments gathered from Sluice Pond (Lynn, MA) indicate post-
glacial environmental changes (2007/08)


Selected Publications

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.

Hubeny, J.B., King, J.W., and Cantwell, M., 2008, Anthropogenic influences on estuarine
sedimentation and ecology: Examples from the varved sediments of the Pettaquamscutt River Estuary, Rhode Island: Journal of Paleolimnology, v. 41, p. 297-314.

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, Q02016.

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., 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 lowstand 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

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.

Hubeny, J.B., Bhattacharya, R., Hausmann, S., Black, J.L., and Boss, S.K., 2009, Environmental
correlations between surface sediment trace metal concentrations and limnologic variables during flood conditions in 30 White River oxbow lakes, AR : GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, no. 3.

Ciapciak, C.M.* and Hubeny, J.B., 2009, A multi-proxy analysis of sediment cores from Chain of
Ponds, Maine: GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, no. 3.

Reddin, M.*, Hubeny, J.B., and King, J.W., 2008, Using carbonate thicknesses in Fayetteville Green Lake, NY, to establish variability in precipitation during the Late Holocene. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, no. 2.

Hubeny, J.B., Reddin, M.*, and King, J.W., 2007, Precipitation variability in the Northeast United
States during the Late Holocene and its relationship to teleconnection patterns. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6.

* SSC Undergraduate Student Author

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.