With a background in marine geology and geophysics, Dr. Larry Mayer is currently the director for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. He is also the co-director for the Joint Hydrographic Center, as well as a professor of earth science and ocean engineering at the University of New Hampshire.
Prior to earning his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Marine Geophysics in 1979, Dr. Larry Mayer graduated magna cum laude with an Honors degree in Geology from the University of Rhode Island in 1973. After being selected as an astronaut candidate finalist for NASA’s first class of mission specialists, Dr. Mayer went on to become an expert in his field through various related positions. It wasn’t until 2000 that Dr. Mayer became the founding director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the co-director of the NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center.
Dr. Larry Mayer has spent over 70 months at sea during the last 37 years and has held the title of chief and co-chief of countless expeditions, which includes seven mapping expeditions in the ice-covered regions of the high Arctic.
Dr. Mayer is currently heading research that deals with sonar imaging and remote characterization of the ocean floor. He’s also researching advanced applications of 3-D visualization to ocean mapping problems and application of mapping to Law of the Sea issues, particularly in the Arctic.