Dr. D. Calvin Campbell

Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects

I am a marine geologist who studies the geology, geomorphology and seabed processes along the eastern Canadian continental margin.

Research and/or project statements

  • Activity leader, Baffin Bay Geological Hazards (Public Safety Geoscience Program)
  • Project leader, Regional Characterization of the Geologic and Oceanographic Environment (Program of Energy Research and Development)
  • Scientific team member, Canadian Extended Continental Shelf project (UNCLOS Program).
  • Lead scientist on collaborative research project to study natural seabed seeps on the Nova Scotia margin.

Professional activities / interests

  • Graduate student supervisor, committee member
  • Undergraduate student mentorship
  • Member of Board of Directors for A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science
  • Councillor for Atlantic Geoscience Society

Education and awards

BSc (Hons.) Environmental Studies and Geology, Saint Mary’s University, NS, 1989.

PhD in  Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University, NS, 2011.

Key publications

  1. Campbell, D.C. & Mosher, D.C. 2016. Geophysical evidence for widespread Cenozoic bottom current activity from the continental margin of Nova Scotia, Canada. Marine Geology, v 378, 237-260.

  2. Campbell, D.C., Shimeld, J., Deptuck, M., Mosher, D.C. 2015. Seismic stratigraphic framework and depositional history of a large Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic depocenter off southwest Nova Scotia, Canada. Marine and Petroleum Geology 65, 22-42

  3. Pinet, N., Brake, V., Campbell, D.C., and Duchesne, M.J. 2015. Geomorphological characteristics and variability of Holocene mass-transport complexes, St. Lawrence River Estuary, Canada. Geomorphology 228, 286-302.

  4. Deptuck, M.E. and Campbell, D.C. 2012 Widespread erosion and mass failure from the 51 Ma Montagnais marine bolide impact off southwest Nova Scotia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 49 (12), 1567-1594.
  5. Campbell, D.C., and Deptuck, M.E. 2012. Alternating bottom current dominated and gravity flow dominated deposition in a lower slope and rise setting- Insights from the seismic geomorphology of the western Scotian margin, Eastern Canada. In B. Prather, M. Deptuck, D. Mohrig, B. van Hoorn, and R. Wynn (Eds), Application of Seismic Geomorphology Principles to Continental Slope and Base-of-slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues: SEPM Special Publication 99, p. 329-346.
  6. Li, G., Piper, D.J.W., and Campbell, D.C. 2011. The Quaternary Lancaster Sound trough-mouth fan, NW Baffin Bay. Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 26, p. 511–522.

Research facility

1 Challenger Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2


Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University

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