Rick Coffin, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Naval Research Laboratory







Richard Coffin is the Marine Biogeochemistry Section Head at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. His position focuses on international development of methane hydrate research with strong interest in biogeochemistry related to sediment and water column methane cycling.  There is strong experience in applying geophysics and geochemical approaches to studying the flux of sediment methane to shallow sediment and water column carbon cycling.   Field work, as a chief and co-chief scientist, has been conducted off the mid Chilean Margin, Hikurangi Margin off New Zealand, Cascadia Margin, along the mid-Norwegian coast, on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, and most recently, off the coast of Alaska in the Beaufort Sea. Current plan, for the next three years include, off the coasts of Russia, Norway, Chile and New Zealand.  This research addresses climate change and alternate energy exploration.  His education includes; 1) NSF Postdoctoral Research, Gordon College, Dr. Richard T. Wright, 1986-1988; 2) Ph.D. in oceanography, Dr. Jonathan Sharp, 1983-1986 from the University of Delaware; 3) M.S. in marine microbiology, Dr. Galen Jones, 1978-1980 from University of New Hampshire.  Employment past education includes USEPA, Gulf Breeze Florida 1988 to 1995 and US NRL 1995 to present.  He is and has served as an adjunct faculty research at Texas A&M University, University of Delaware, Florida State University, and University of Hawaii.