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John Madsen

Associate Professor

I currently have three major focus areas in my research: high-resolution geophysics in fisheries studies; geological and geotechnical aspects of offshore wind projects; and offshore geothermal energy.

Undergraduate courses that I teach include: freshmen first year experience seminar; freshmen honors colloquia in energy and earth resources; introductory-level general geology; structural geology and plate tectonics; and senior seminar in petroleum geology and energy.  Graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses that I teach include: environmental and applied geology, geophysics, and geological aspects of offshore wind.

I am the education coordinator and a governing scientist within the University's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.  I have served as a Co-Chair of the University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force and I am a Past-President of the University Faculty Senate.

Curriculum Vitae


Using high-resolution side-scan sonar to image sturgeon and their bottom habitats.

Offshore Wind

Geological and geotechnical aspects of siting offshore wind projects.


Energy upcycling: transforming oil rigs to geothermal power systems


ARSC390, UNIV101


GEOL107, GEOL305, GEOL401


GEOL421/621,GEOL453/653 GEOL663

Recent Presentation

Offshore Wind


Past 5 Years


• Renewable Energy• Geophysics


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA
Phone: 302-831-2841 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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