Richard F. Viso

Assistant Director,
Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies
School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Contact Information:

Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 349-4022 (tel)
(843) 349-4042 (fax)


Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
290 Allied Drive
Conway, SC 29526


University of Rhode Island - Ph.D. 2005
West Virginia University - M.S. 1999
Virginia Tech - B.S. 1995

Research Interests:

Seafloor Imaging
Submarine Groundwater Discharge
Plate Tectonics


MSCI 440/540 Applied Geophysics
CMWS 601 Coastal Marine and Wetland Processes (co taught with C. Gilman)
CMWS 614 Applied Geophysical Field Methods


Su, N., W.C. Burnett, H.L. MacIntyre, J.D. Liefer, R.N. Peterson, and R. Viso, 2013.  Natural radon and radium isotopes for assessing groundwater discharge into Little Lagoon, Alabama: Implications for harmful algal blooms.  Estuaries and Coasts, accepted.

Hutchins, P., Smith, E.K., Koepfler, E., Viso, R.F., and Peterson, R.N., 2013. Metabolic responses of estuarine microbial communities to discharge of surface runoff and groundwater from contrasting landscapes. Estuaries and Coasts, accepted.

Peterson, R.N., Viso, R.F., , MacDonald, I.R., and Joye, S.B., 2013, On the utility of radium isotopes as tracers of hydrocarbon discharge, Marine Chemistry,156 (1), 98-107.

Sanger, Denise M., Erik M. Smith, George Voulgaris, Eric T. Koepfler, Susan M. Libes, George H.M. Riekerk, Derk C. Bergquist, Dianne I. Greenfield, P. Ansley Wren, Clayton A. McCoy, Richard F. Viso, Richard N. Peterson, and J. David Whitaker, Constrained Enrichment Contributes to Hypoxia Formation in Long Bay, South Carolina (USA), an Open Water Urbanized Coastline, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 461:15-30, doi:10.3354/meps09796.

McCoy, C.A., R.F. Viso, R.N. Peterson, S. Libes, B. Lewis, J.G. Ledoux, G. Voulgaris, E. Smith, and D. Sanger, 2011.  Radon as an indicator of limited cross-shelf mixing and submarine groundwater discharge in a coastal embayment along the South Atlantic Bight.  Continental Shelf Research, 31 (12), 1306-1317.

Viso, R., Paul Gayes, Clay McCoy, Dimitri Quafisi, Geological Controls on Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Long Bay, SC, (USA). Continental Shelf Research (2010), doi:10.1016/j.csr.2009.11.014.

Crowe, S.E., P.T. Gayes, R.F. Viso, D.C. Bergquist, P.C. Jutte, and R.F. Van Dolah. Impact of the Charleston Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site on nearby hard bottom reef habitats. Mar. Pollut. Bull. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.12.007.

Viso, R. F., Roger L. Larson, and Robert A. Pockalny (2005) Tectonic evolution of the Pacific-Phoenix-Farallon triple junction in the South Pacific Ocean, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 233, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.02.004.

Pockalny, R. A., R. L. Larson, R. F. Viso, and L. J. Abrams, Bathymetry and Gravity Profiles Across a Mid-Cretaceous Triple Junction Trace in the Southwest Pacific Ocean: Implications for the Accretion of Oceanic Crust, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 29, No. 1, 2002.

Larson, R. L., R. A. Pockalny, R. F. Viso, E. Erba, L. J. Abrams, B. P. Luyendyk, J. M. Stock, and R. W. Clayton, Mid-Cretaceous tectonic evolution of the Tongareva triple junction in the southwestern Pacific basin, Geology, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 67-70, 2002.

Viso, Richard, Beardsley, Richard, and Wilson, Thomas, Seismic analysis of a pre-Alleghanian dome and associated basement structures in the central Appalachian plateau province of West Virginia, Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 22, 93-108, 2000.

*underline denotes student author