John Haines, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

U.S. Geological Survey







John Haines is currently the Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey. In that capacity he leads a coastal and marine geology program supporting research spanning issues including storm, tsunami and earthquake hazards; coral reef health; sediment and contaminant transport; gas hydrates; and sand and aggregate resources. A primary focus of the USGS coastal and marine program is to provide research and information products, including geologic, coastal, and habitat maps, vulnerability assessments, and models; that inform management decisions with respect to coastal change – including sea-level rise. As the USGS coastal and ocean programs coordinator John is responsible for engaging the breadth of USGS science in efforts to understand, forecast, and respond to priority national issues including coastal water quality, hazards, resource use, and ecosystem restoration. Dr. Haines represented Interior and the USGS in the development of the National Ocean Policy and the Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, and continues to be engaged in CMSP implementation and design of information systems. John represents the USGS on the Joint Subcommittee for Ocean Science and Technology; is a co-chair of the Interagency Working Group for Ocean and Coastal Mapping; and is a co-lead for one of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan near-term priorities – “Forecasting Coastal Ecosystem Response to Persistent Forcing and Extreme Events”. John received his Ph. D. in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His thesis research developed and applied statistical tools to decompose multi-variate data sets and identify the structure of infragravity wave fields over complex nearshore topography. Joining the USGS as a research oceanographer in 1989 John published on topics including field observations and models of cross-shore flows in the nearshore environment, hurricane impacts on barrier islands, and the response of wetlands to variations in local sea-level over decadal time-scales. He participated in and led regional coastal erosion studies in Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. John was appointed to his current position, based in Reston, VA, in 2001.