Kelvin W. Ramsey


Kelvin W. Ramsey joined the Delaware Geological Survey in 1987. He has served as a Research Associate II & III, Associate Scientist and Scientist. Mr. Ramsey's areas of expertise include Sedimentology and Stratigraphy as related to research and applied studies of the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Dr. Ramsey's current research includes surficial geologic mapping of the Delaware. He is currently conducting geologic mapping in the Clayton Quadrangle and a geologic assessment of the University of Delaware's STAR Campus. Other research interests include the record of Holocene sea-level rise in Delaware and the late Tertiary and Quaternary geology of the mid-Atlantic region. He also studies historic hurricanes and their effect on Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region, as well as assessing coastal changes after storms.

Dr. Ramsey is a member of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Technical Assessment Center and provides scientific information during storm events. He also is involved in assessment of offshore sand resources in federal waters which may be used for beach nourishment.

Dr. Ramsey has a secondary appointment Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

University of Delaware, 1988, Ph.D., Geology
Vanderbilt University, 1982, M.S., Geology
College of William and Mary, 1979, B.S., Geology - Classical Studies

DEMA Noreaster Task Force
DEMA Technical Assessment Center

External Publications

1994, Geomorphology and stratigraphy of the Quaternary of Delaware. 1994 Southeastern Friends of the Pleistocene Field Trip Guidebook, 66 p.

1992, Coastal response to Late Pliocene climate change: Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain, Virginia and Delaware: in, Fletcher, C. H., III and Wehmiller, J. F., eds., Quaternary Coasts of the United States: Marine and Lacustrine Systems, SEPM Special Publication No. 48., p. 122-127.

Nikitina, Daria L., Pizzuto, James E., Schwimmer, Reed A., and Ramsey, Kelvin W., 2000, An updated Holocene sea-level curve for the Delaware coast: Marine Geology v. 171, p. 7-20.