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PhD, SUNY, Stony Brook
MS, Brown University
AB, Oberlin College


Robert has devoted many years to the subjects he teaches. From 1974 to 1980 he was a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Fisher Island Station in Miami Beach, Florida. He then moved to Denver, Colorado from 1980 to 1985 also with USGS. Next, from 1986 to 1988 he worked as chief for the Branch of Atlantic Marine Geology at USGS Woods Hole in Massachusetts. From 1988 to 1991 he was the center chief for the St. Petersburg Field Office in St. Petersburg, Florida. Then, he was the senior research geologist, also in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1991-2008. From 2008 to present he is a fruit farmer, viticulturist and consulting geologist. 

Field Experience

Committees Assignments to Render Scientific Judgment
Reviewer for research proposals to the American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation, USGS, NURC, NOAA, National Geographic Society (1985-present)
Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Task Force - Science Subcommittee (1994-2008)
Numerous theses and dissertation committees: U. South Florida, U. Miami; U. Colorado; Colorado School of Mines; Brown University (1985-2005)
Acropora Biological Review Team (endangered or threatened status) (2004)
USGS Florida Science Program Planning Team (2002-2004)
Geologic Division (USGS) Strategic Planning Team (1996-2001)
Florida Bay Science Program Committee (1994-1999)
Geologic Division (USGS) Science Advisory Committee (1991-1995)
First SEPM Congress on Sedimentology Technical Program Chair (1995)
Tenure review: U. Michigan; U. Conn.; U. South Florida, U. of Miami

Selected Publications 

Spiske, M., and Halley, R.B., 2014, A coral-rubble ridge as evidence for overwash, Anegada (British Virgin Islands), Advances in Geosciences< 38:9-20

Lisle, J., Reich, C. and Halley, R. B., 2014, Aragonite saturation states and nutrient fluxes in coral reef sediments in Biscayne National Park, FL, USA: Marine Ecology Progress Series 509:71-85

Atwater, B. F., ten Brink, U. S., Buckley, M., Halley, R. B., Jaffe, B. E., López-Venegas, A. M., Reinhardt, E. G., Tuttle, M. P., Watt, S., and Wei, Y., 2012, : Geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence for an unusual tsunami or storm a few centuries ago at Anegada, British Virgin Islands, Nat. Hazards, 63, 51–84.

Muhs, D.R., Simmons, K.R., Schumann, R.R., and Halley, R. B., 2011, Sea-level history of the past two interglacial periods: new evidence from U-series dating of reef corals from south Florida; Quaternary Science Reviews 30:570-590.

Yates, K. K., DuFore, C., Smiley, N. Jackson, C, and Halley, R. B., 2010, Diurnal variation of oxygen and carbonate system parameters in Tampa and Florida Bay: Marine Chemistry 104:110-124

Casey Saenger, Anne L. Cohen, Delia W. Oppo, Robert B. Halley and Jessica E. Carilli, (2009), Surface-temperature trends and variability in the low-latitude North Atlantic since 1552 Nature Geoscience Published online: 21 June 2009 | doi:10.1038/ngeo552

Halley, R. B. and Yates, K. K., (2008), Light, calcification, and carbonate sediment production on the Molokai reef flat, in Field, M. E., and Cochran, S., (eds), USGS Molokai Reef Atlas, USGS Circular, p. 117-120

Druffel, E., Robinson, L., Griffin, S., Halley, R., Southon, J., Adkins, in press (2008), Low reservoir ages for the surface ocean from mid-Holocene Florida corals, Paleoceanography,23:PA220

Miller, M. W., Halley, R. B., and Gleason, A. G., 2008, Reef geology and biology of Navassa Island, in: Riegl, B. and Dodge, R. E., (Eds.), Coral Reefs of the USA, Springer, New York, p. 407-434.

Hine, A. C., Halley, R. B., Locker, S. D., Jerrett, B. D., Jaap, W. C., Mallinson, D. J., Ciembronowicz, K. T., Ogden, N. B., Donahue, B. T., and Naar, D. F., 2008, in: Riegl, B. and Dodge, R. E., (Eds.), Coral Reefs of the USA, Springer, New York, p. 127-174.

Lidz, B. B., Shinn, E. A., Hudson, H. J., Multer, H. G., Halley, R. B., and Robbin, D. M., 2008, Controls on Late Quaternary coral reefs of the Florida Keys, in: Riegl, B. and Dodge, R. E., (Eds.), Coral Reefs of the USA, Springer, New York, p. 9–74.

Reich, C.D., Halley, R.B., Hickey, T.D., Swarzenski, P.W., 2006, Groundwater characterization and assessment of contaminants in marine areas of Biscayne National Park, National Park Service, Water Resources Division, Technical Report/NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-2006/356, 157p.

Halley, R. B., and Hudson, J. H., 2007 Fidelity of annual growth in Montastrea faveolata and the recentness of coral bleaching in Florida, in: Aaronson, R. B., ed., Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology, Spinger-Verlag, New York, pp. 161-177.

Acropora Biological Review Team ( Boulon, B., Chiappone, M., Halley, R., Jaap, W., Keller, B.,Kruczynski, B., Miller, M., and Rogers, C.), 2005. Atlantic Acropora Status Review Document. Report to National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office. March 3, 2005, 152 p + App. (available on NOAA website)

Yates, K. K. and Halley, R. B., 2006, CO32- concentration and pCO2 thresholds for calcification and dissolution on the Molokai reef flat, Hawaii, Biogeosciences Discussions, 3:123-154.