Marie Ferland

Ph.D. 1991, University of Sydney, Australia
Research Associate


Current Areas:

Marie's research interests are primarily within the area of marine geology and specifically, stratigraphic and environmental changes resulting from Quaternary sea level fluctuations. Her Ph.D. research in Australia resolved the distribution and evolution of headland-associated sand deposits on the continental shelf, which are of particular interest for resource extraction. A subsequent long-term research project to study the Quaternary stratigraphy of the central New South Wales shelf found that the now quartz-dominant system was characterized by extensive carbonate sedimentation during each of the last three glacial lowstands of sea level.

Her current research involves a cooperative agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology through which vibracores were collected in August 2002 and September 2003. The cores of unconsolidated sediment provide the basis from which to examine the evolution of the inner and mid continental shelf and to understand how the shelf might influence patterns of coastal deposition and erosion. Recently, radiocarbon dating of core samples has shown that the rate of sediment accumulation on the mid shelf is substantially less than that proposed by previous workers. This has major implications for quantification of the future coastal sediment budget as well as determining the quantity of sediment that has been previously derived from the Columbia River.


Marie arrived at CWU in September 2000 after living and working in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. She has held an Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship and taught in several universities in various departments including Environmental Studies (Masters Program, University of Wollongong, Australia), Physical Geography (University of Sydney, Australia), and Marine Geology (University of the South Pacific, Fiji). Originally a native of New England, Marie received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her M.S. in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also worked for the Coastal Engineering Research Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Selected Publications

Murray-Wallace, C.W., Ferland, M.A. and Roy, P.S., submitted June 2003, Amino-acid results from the New South continental shelf. Marine Geology.

Cronin, S., Ferland, M.A., and Terry, J., submitted Nov. 2002, Debris avalanche, tsunami and earthquake history and hazards of the Nabukelevu or Mt. Washington area, Western Kadavu Island, Fiji. Geological Society of America Bulletin.

Nielsen, K.S.S., Collen, J.D., and Ferland, M.A., 2002, Floresina: a genus of predators, parasites or scavengers?, J. of Foraminiferal Research, 32, p. 93-95.

Ferland, M.A. and Pickering, T., 1999, The Science of Climate Change: in Ocean Resources Management in the South Pacific, MS301 Extension Course Book, University of the South Pacific.

Ferland, M.A. and Suda, Y., 1998, Report of the Joint University of the South Pacific/National Fisheries University of Japan Research Cruise aboard Koyo Maru, 6 - 9 December 1996, Marine Studies Programme Technical Report 98/2.