Ervin G. Otvos, Ph.D.
- Head, Geology Section, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
- Emeritus Professor, Dept. Coastal Sciences, USM
fax: (228) 872-4204
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
- 1964 Ph.D. (Geology), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
- 1962 M.S. (Geology), Yale University, New Haven Connecticut
- 1958 B.S. (Geology), Lorànd Eötvös University of Science, Budapest, Hungary
- Since 1970 Head, Geology Section, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
- Since 1998, Assoc.Prof., at new Dept. Coastal Sciences, USM
- 1968 - 1971 Assistant Professor, Geology, Louisiana State University New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1965 - 1968 Exploration Geologist, Mobil Oil Corporation, New Orleans, Louisiana
- 1958 - 1960 Company Geologist, Mátra Mineral Mines Co., Gyöngyös, Hungary
- 1998 - Present Associate Professor in new Coastal Science Department, IMS.
- 1971 - Present On graduate faculty of Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and University of Southern Mississippi. Adjunct Professor, USM Geology Department, and Stennis Space Center, Center for (Department of) Marine Science (Coastal geology/ geomorphology, stratigraphy, environmental geology, marine oceanography, and introductory courses), coastal marine geology - graduate level course.
- 1968 - 1971 Assistant professor of geology, LSUNO, New Orleans, LA
- 1962 - 1964 Graduate teaching assistantship, University of Massachusetts
- Coastal geomorphology, Quaternary stratigraphy northeastern Gulf Coast, barrier and barrier island genesis and evolution, coastal environmental geology.
- EPA Gulf of Mexico Coastal Erosion Subcommittee (1989-1997)
- Member INQUA, Coastal Subcommittee on the Americas (1974-75).
- Mississippi Academy of Sciences (Life Member; Geology-Geography Div. Vice Chairman, 1974-75, 1993-94. Chairman, 1975-76, Chairman 1994.
- Society of Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon
- Geological Society of America (Fellow, 1973)
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists (inactive)
Other Professional Activities and Awards
- Listed in MARQUIS Who's Who in America ( 1995), and other regional volumes.
- GCS-SEPM First Place Best Paper Award for paper presented in 1992.
- Henry S. Kaminski (The Society of Sigma Xi) Memorial Award, 1981
- Certificates of Recognition: New Orleans Geological Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coast Science Fairs.
- Expert Witness - testimony in front of US Supreme Court Special Master (on coastal geology)
- Otvos was selected for NASA/ASEE Faculty Fellowship in the summers of 1999-2001. His work involved remote sensing by multispectral images of coastal plain and fluvial landforms, vegetation types and geological formations.in ther Louisiana - Mississippi coastal area. Results: reports and presentations
- International Research Aspects
Otvos has collaborated /is collaborating with Drs. Edward Rhodes (Archeological research Lab., Oxford University, England) and D. M. Price (Wollongong University, NSW, Australia) on paleoclimat research, associated with thermoluminescence dating. Published abstract, presented talk and have in press paper with Dr. Price.
Nearly 90 papers, guidebooks, invited book chapters and encyclopedia chapters (in: Bulletin GSA, Transactions GCAGS, Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, Amer. Jour. of Sci., Marine Geology, Southeastern Geology, Gulf Research Reports, AAPG Bull., etc.) In addition: reviews, convention abstracts and reports. Regional field trip guide books for AAPG and N.O. Geol. Soc.; (1973, 1982, 1985). Invited contributor: GSA Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) book series, Chapters, entries in Encyclopedia of Beaches and Coastal Environments (Hutchinson and Ross, 1982; 2002-03) and In: The World Coastline, 1985, 2002 (Ed. Bird and Schwartz)
- Pumice and perlite in a rhyolite complex in Hungary: Economic Geology, Vol. 56, No. 6; p. 1112-1122, 1961.
- Observations of beach cusp and beach ridge formation on the Long Island Sound: Journal Sedimentary Petrology, Vol. 34, No. 3; p. 554-560, 1964.
- Observations on rhomboid ripple marks: Jour. Sedimentary Pet rology. Vol. 34, No. 3; p. 683-687, 1964.
- Sedimentation-erosion cycles of single tidal periods on Long Island Sound beaches: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, Vol. 35, No. 3; p. 604-609, 1965.
- Types of rhomboid beach surface patterns: American Journal of Science, Vol. 263, No. 3; p. 271-276, 1965.
- Sedimentary structures and depositional environments, Potsdam Formation, Upper Cambrian: Bulletin Amer. Assoc. of Petroleum Geologists, Vol. 50, No. 1; p. 159-165, 1966.
- A subrecent beach ridge complex in southeastern Louisiana: Bull. Geol. Soc. of America, Vol. 80, No. 11; p. 2353-2358, 1969.
- High pressure shales and their depositional environment, southern Louisiana Cenozoic: Jour. Sed. Pet., Vol. 40, No. 1; p. 412-417, 1970.
- Development and migration of barrier islands, northern Gulf of Mexico: Bull. Geol. Soc. America, Vol. 81, No. 1; p. 241-246, 1970. Reprinted in "Barrier Islands";Benchmark Papers in Geology, p. 340-346; Ed. by M. L. Schwartz. Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Inc., Stroudsburg, PA, 451 p., 1973.
- Relict eolian dunes and the age of the "Prairie" coastwise terrace, Southeastern Louisiana: Bull. Geol. Soc. America, Vol. 82, No. 6; p. 1753-1758, 1971.
- Late Pleistocene transgressive unit (Biloxi Formation), northern Gulf Coast: Bull. Amer. Assoc. Petr. Geologists, Vol. 59, No. 1, p. 148-154, 1975.
- "Pseudokarst" and "pseudokarst terrains" - basic problems of terminology Bull. Geol. Society of America, Vol. 87, No. 7, p. 1021-1027, 1976.
- Massive long-distance transport and redeposition of Upper Cretaceous planktonic foraminifers in Quaternary sediments (with Wayne D. Bock): Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, Vol. 47, No. 4, p. 978-984, 1976.
- Calcareous benthic foraminiferal fauna in a very low salinity setting, Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana: Jour. Foraminiferal Research, Vol. 8, No. 3, p. 262-269, 1978.
- Problems of chenier genesis and terminology - an overview (with W.A. Price): Marine Geology, Vol. 31, p. 251-263, 1979.
- Barrier island evolution and history of migration, north-central Gulf Coast p. 291-319; in: Barrier Islands. Academic Press, 325 p. 1979. Barrier island studies, Mississippi-Alabama Gulf Coast: Proceedings, First Conference on Scientific Research in the National Parks, Vol. 2, 781-785, 1979.
- Floristic and geologic aspects of Indian middens in salt marshes of Hancock County, Mississippi (with L.N. Eleuterius), SIDA, Vol. 8, p. 102-112, 1979.
- Age of Tunica Hills (Louisiana-Mississippi) Quaternary fossiliferus creek deposits; problems of radiocarbons dates and intermediate valley terrace in coastal plains: Quaternary Research, Vol. 13, p. 80-92, 1980.
- Santa Rosa Island, NW Florida and the Mississippi-Alabama barrier islands-genetic comparisons: Second Conf. Scientific Research in the National Parks, Vol. 5, p. 244-252, 1980.
- Tectonic lineaments or Pliocene and Quaternary shorelines, northeast Gulf Coast: Geology, Vol. 9, No. 9, p. 398-404, 1981.
- Barrier island formation through nearshore aggradation-stratigraphic and field evidence. Marine Geology. Vol. 43, p. 195-243, 1981.
- Alternate interpretations of barrier island evolution. Apalachicola Coast, Northwest Florida. Litoralia, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 9-21, 1984.
- Barrier island genesis-question of alternatives for the Apalachicola Coast, northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Jour. Coastal Research, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 267-278, 1985.
- Barrier platforms: northern Gulf of Mexico examples. Marine Geology, Barrier Island Issue, Vol. 63, No. 1/4, p. 285-305, 1985.
- Island evolution and "stepwise retreat": Late Holocene transgressive barriers, Mississippi delta coast - Limitation of a model. Marine Geology, Vol. 72, p. 325-340, 1986.
- Nearshore buried seashell and sand mining-geological and environmental impact. Gulf of Mexico examples (with Walter B. Sikora), Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX, OTC #6551, p. 455-462, 1991.
- Apalachicola Coast Quaternary evolution, NE Gulf of Mexico; in: Quaternary Coasts of the United States: Marine and Lacustrine Systems, SEPM (Society of Economic Petrologists and Mineralogists) Special Publication #48, Fletcher, C.H., and Wehmiller, J.F., Editors, p. 221-232, 1992.
- Mississippi-Alabama: natural and man-made shores. A study in contrasts. Coastal Zone '93, v.3. Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management Vol. 3, New Orleans Meeting, p. 2600-2615, 1993.(International Meeting)
- Late Quaternary transgressive-regressive cycles and stratigraphic units, Gulf coastal plain-A Brief . Review: Coastal Depositional Systems in the Gulf of Mexico: Quaternary Framework and Environmental Issues: 12th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Research Conference, p. 171-176, 1991.
- Vaterite (an uncommon polymorph of CaCO 3): occurrences in boreholes demonstrate unexpected longevity. Journal of Sedimentary Research, Vol. A64, p. 417, 1994.
- Multiple Pliocene - Quaternary marine highstands, northeast Gulf Coastal Plain - fallacies and facts. Journal of Coastal Research. Vol. 11. No. 4, p. 984-1002, 1995.
- Impact of spring sapping and surface runoff on microtidal beaches: erosional and depositional processes. Landforms related to groundwater, surface sheetwash, drainage channel formation. AAPG-SEPM Convention, Salt Lake City, May 17-20, 1998. In electronic publication 4 pages.
- Sediment and geomorphic criteria for sea-level positions. Multiple Pliocene-Quaternary marine highstands on northeast Gulf of Mexico coastal plain. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 15 , p. 1181-1187, 1999.
- Quaternary coastal geology, basin geometry, and assumed evidence for hurricane activity, northeastern Gulf of Mexico coastal plain. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 15 , p. 438-443, 1999.
- Rain-induced erosion and associated shore landforms of ground water sapping and surface runoff. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 15, p. 1040-1054,1999.
- Beach ridges- definitions and significance, 2000, Geomorphology, 31:83-108
- Late Quaternary inland dunes of southern Louisiana and arid climate phases in the Gulf Coast region. 2001, Quaternary Research, 55:150-158 (with D. Price)
- Assumed Holocene highstand, Gulf of Mexico: basic issues of sedimentary and landform criteria.2001. Journal of Sedimentary Research. 71: 645-647.
- Prehistoric landfall frequencies of catastrophic hurricanes, Discussion, 2002, Quaternary Research, 57:425-428.
- Beach aggradation during hurricane landfall: compared impact of two hurricanes on barrier islands and the mainland shore, 2004.Journal of Coastal Research. 20: 326-339.
- Holocene Gulf levels: Recognition issues and an updated sea-level curve. Journal of Coastal Research, 2004, 20: 680-699.
- Prospects for interregional correlations using Wisconsin and Holocene aridity episodes. Quaternary Research, 2004, 61:105-118.
- Interlinked barrier chain and delta lobe development, northern Gulf of Mexico (with Marco P. Giardino). Sedimentary Geology, 2004, 169: 47-73.
- Lithofacies and depositional environments of the Pliocene Citronelle Formation, Gulf of Mexico coastal plain. 2004, Southeastern Geology, 20:1-20.
- Chronology of Gulf coastal plain and valley terrace aggradation during Pleistocene lowstands. Limitations of base level control. 2005 v. 130, Quaternary International, v. 135: 91-113.
- Validity and age issues of paleo sea-level indicators: Comments on a new depositional model for the buried 4000 yr BP New Orleans barrier. Marine Geology, 2005, 217:177-187.
- Holocene aridity and storm phases, Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Quaternary Research, 2005, 63:368-373.
- Coastal barriers, Gulf of Mexico: Holocene evolution and chronology, 2005, Journal of Coastal Research, Rhodes Fairbridge Festschrift Volume, Special Issue No. 42, 141-163.
- Evolutionary history and heavy mineral sediment sources; Late Pleistocene sedimentary sequence in Southwestern Louisiana (with Maria A. Mange). 2005, in press. Sedimentary Geology; In: Geological Applications of Heavy Minerals, Special Sedimentary Geology Issue.
- Numerical chronology of the late Quaternary Gulf coastal plain, Barrier evolution and an updated Holocene sea-level curve, 2005, v. 55, Transactions Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, In press.