The Basics

Jim O'Connell

Home State



Brant Rock

Job Title

Coastal Geologist


Coastal Advisory Services

Fields of Interest/Expertise

Biological or Physical Science/Research, Emergency Management/Services, Environment, Government (Local), Government (State), Government (Federal), Outreach/Education, Planning, Public Works/Infrastructure, Legal, Social Science/Research, Zoning

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Additional Bio

Coastal Geologist @ MA CZM – 13 years; Coastal Resources Specialist @ Cape Cod Commission – 1 year; Coastal Processes Specialist @ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Sea Grant Program – 10 years; Coastal Processes Specialist @ University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program on the paradise Island of Kauai – 2 years; (presently) Conservation Agent/Natural Resources Officer/CRS Coordinator/Conservation Department Head Town of Scituate, MA – 1 year so far..; (presently) Coastal Land-Use Specialist/Coastal Geologist @ Coastal Erosion Advisory Services – 2 years so far; volunteer Marshfield Conservation Commission; volunteer Board of Directors Duxbury Beach Reservation Inc (owner in-trust of 4.5 mile long barrier beach).

Currently Working On

Analyses of coastal landform beneficial functions (coastal dunes, coastal banks; beaches; barrier beaches; salt marshes, etc); effects of human activity on coastal landforms; coastal erosion and management alternatives; coastal dune/coastal bank delineations; coastal floodplain management – Community Rating System Coordinator; on-the-ground application of state & local Wetlands Protection Regulations.