Schmelz, W. John

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Education

  • Rutgers University, NJ, Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests

  • Stratigraphy/Earth History
  • Marine Geology/Geophysics
  • Oceanography/Paleoceanography
  • Coastal Geomorphology

Advisor and dissertation committee

  • Kenneth Miller (co-advisor)
  • Gregory Mountain (co-advisor)
  • James Browning
  • Robert Kopp
  • Mike Steckler (External)

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, K.G., Kopp, R.E., Mountain, G.S., and Browning, J.V., 2021. Influence of Mantle Dynamic Topographical Variations on US Mid-Atlantic Continental Margin Estimates of Sea-level Change. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL090521. Link
  • Miller, K.G., Schmelz, W.J., Browning, J.V., Kopp, R.E., Mountain, G.S. and Wright, J.D., 2020. Ancient sea level as key to the future. Oceanography, 33(2), pp.32-41. Link
  • Schmelz, W.J., Hochman, G., Miller, K.G., 2020. Total Cost of Carbon Capture and Storage Implemented at a Regional Scale: Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, v. 10, no. 5. Link
  • Miller, K.G., Browning, J.V., Schmelz, W.J., Kopp, R.E., Mountain, G.S., & Wright, J.D., 2020. Cenozoic sea-level and cryospheric evolution from deep-sea geochemical and continental margin records. Science Advances, v. 6, no. 20. Link
  • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, K.G., Mountain, G.S., Browning, J.V., and Baldwin, K. E., 2020. Onshore-offshore correlations of Cretaceous fluvial-deltaic sequences, southern Baltimore Canyon Trough. AAPG Bulletin, 104(2), pp. 411-448. Link
  • Schmelz, W.J. and Psuty, N.P., 2019. Quantification of Airborne Lidar Accuracy in Coastal Dunes (Fire Island, New York). Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 85(2), pp.133-144. Link
  • Miller, K.G., Lombardi, C.J., Browning, J.V., Schmelz, W.J., Gallegos, G., Mountain, G. S., & Baldwin, K. E., 2018. Back To Basics of Sequence Stratigraphy: Early Miocene and Mid-cretaceous Examples from the New Jersey Paleoshelf. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 88(1), 148-176. Link
  • Psuty N.P., Schmelz W.J., Habeck A.S., 2018. Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network geomorphological monitoring protocol: Part III – coastal landform elevation models. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2018/1712. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
  • Psuty, N.P., Ames, K., Habeck, A., & Schmelz, W.J. (2017). Responding to coastal change: Creation of a regional approach to monitoring and management, northeastern region, USA. Ocean & Coastal ManagementLink
    • Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W.J., Spahn, A., & Greenberg, J. (2016). Geotemporal vectors of coastal geomorphological change interacting with National Park Service management policy at Great Kills Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, USA. Geomorphology, 252, 5-16. Link
    • Psuty, N.P., Spahn, A., Silveira, T.M., & Schmelz, W.J (2014). Sediment budget as a driver for sediment management at plumb beach, New York, USA: vectors of change and impacts. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 18(5), 515-528. Link

    Meetings / Abstracts

    • Schmelz, W.J., Spector, A., Adamo, L.N., Rowan, C.M., and Miller, K., 2020, December. Using low-cost Arduino based GNSS boards to collect centimeter accurate topography from drone orthophotography. In AGU Fall Meeting 2020. AGU.
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, Kenneth G., Kopp, Robert E., Mountain, Gregory S. and Browning, James V., 2020. Statistical Modeling to Measure the Influence of Mantle Dynamic Topography on Cenozoic Mid-Atlantic Margin Sea-level Records. Geological Society of America, 2020 GSA Annual Meeting, October 2020. Abstract
    • Stanley, J.N., Schmelz, W.J., Miller, Kenneth G., Browning, James V., 2020. Preliminary Sub-surface Investigation at Sandy Hook, New Jersey Using Ground Penetrating Radar from Dune to Swash. Geological Society of America, 2020 GSA Annual Meeting, October 2020. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, K.G., Mountain, G.S., Baldwin, K., Jordan, L. and Browning, J.V., 2019. Cretaceous sequence stratigraphy of the Baltimore Canyon trough: Implications for evaluating the distribution of offshore carbon storage reservoirs. AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, CA. December 2019. Abstract
    • Miller, Kenneth G., Browning, J.V., Kopp, R.E., Schmelz, W.J., Wright, J.D., 2019. Global Mean Sea-level and Cryospheric Evolution from Deep-sea δ18O and Continental Margin Records: Hothouse, Cool Greenhouse, and Icehouse Worlds. AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, CA. December 2019. Abstract
    • Miller, Kenneth G., Schmelz, W.J., Browning, J.V., Wright, J.D., 2018. Influence of global mean sea level and mantle dynamic topography variations on passive-aggressive continental margins. Conjugate Margins Conference 2018, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. August 2018. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, K.G., and Mountain, G.S., 2018. Numerically modelling Miocene stratigraphic sequences on the New Jersey shelf. Conjugate Margins Conference 2018, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. August 2018. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, Kenneth G., Mountain, Gregory S. and Browning, James V., 2018. Revised Stratigraphic Synthesis of the Baltimore Canyon Trough: Implications for Reservoir Identification and Analysis. AAPG, AAPG ACE 2018, Salt Lake City, UT. May 2018. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, Kenneth G., Mountain, Gregory S. and Browning, James V., 2017. Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis of Cretaceous Strata in the Southern Baltimore Canyon Trough: an Integration of Geological and Geophysical Data. Geological Society of America, 2017 GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. October 2017. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Miller, Kenneth G., Mountain, Gregory S. and Browning, James V., 2017. Cretaceous Sedimentation Patterns in the Southern Baltimore Canyon Trough: Correlating the Maryland Coastal Plain to the Continental Rise. Geological Society of America, 2017 GSA Southeastern Section Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA. March 2017. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Spahn, A., Ames, K., Greenberg, J., Haussner, E., Endicott, M., and Psuty, N. P., 2016. Monitoring Coastal Geomorphology through Volumetric Quantifications of Topographical Change: Establishment of a Regional Protocol, Geological Society of America, GSA Annual Meeting 2016, Denver, Co. September 2016. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Greenberg, J., Beal, I., Psuty, N.P. Comparitive Analysis of Geomorphological Maps to Generate Metrics of Change Caused by Hurricane Sandy on Fire Island. 10th Biennial Science Conference, Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, NY. April 2016.
    • Schmelz, W.J., Psuty, N.P., Spahn, A., The Intersection of Measurement Accuracy and Process Scales in the LiDAR Based Quantification of Coastal Geomorphological Change. 10th Biennial Science Conference, Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, NY. April 2016.
    • Schmelz, W.J., Silveira, T., Beal, I., Greenberg, J., Spahn, A., Ames, K., and Psuty, N. P. Trends of Dune Crest Displacement 1976-2012, Fire Island, New York, Geological Society of America, GSA Annual Meeting 2015, Baltimore, MD. November 2015. Abstract
    • Schmelz, W.J., Spahn, A., Ames, K., Greenberg, J., Beal, I., and Psuty, N. P. Interactions of Sediment Supply and Coastal Topography at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. (Gateway National Recreation Area). Geological Society of America, GSA Annual Meeting 2015, Baltimore, MD. November 2015. Abstract

    Technical reports

    • Dinterman, P., Greb, S.F., Lewis, J.E., Schmelz, W.J., Sparks, T.N., Solis, M.P., Medina, C., Carter, K.M., Barnes, D.A., Harper, J.A., Harrison, W.B., Moore, J.P., Miller, K.G., Hickman, J., Riley, R.A., McDowell, R., Rupp, J., and Browning, J.V. (2021). Regional Geologic Cross Sections for Potential Storage and Containment Zones in the MRCSP Region. MRCSP topical report prepared for DOE-NETL project DE-FC26-05NT42589, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH. Link
    • Baldwin, K., Fukai, I., Miller, K., and Schmelz, W. (2020). Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain and Adjacent Offshore Region: Characterization of Carbon Storage Targets, MRCSP topical report prepared for DOE-NETL project DE-FC26-05NT42589, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH. Link
    • Psuty NP, Butler K, Ames K, Habeck A, Schmelz WJ. (2018). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network topographical change (3D) monitoring: 2016-2017 report for Great Kills, Staten Island Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2018/1187. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, McLoughlin S, Schmelz W, Robertson W, Spahn A. (2018). Development of the geomorphological map for Gateway National Recreation Area: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2018/1600. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Spahn A. (2018). Development of the geomorphological map for William Floyd Estate – a unit of the Fire Island National Seashore: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2018/1593. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Beal I, Schmelz W, Spahn A. (2018). Development of a geomorphological map of Assateague Island National Seashore: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2018/1592. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Plumb Beach, 2013-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1559. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Roxbury Cove, 2015-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1560. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Blum J, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Floyd Bennett Field West, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1557. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Fort Tilden, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1527. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Patel M, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Blum J, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Riding Academy North & South, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1539. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Patel M, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in West Pond South, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1507. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Floyd Bennett Field North, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1506. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Breezy Point Tip, 2015-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1515. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Ames K, Habeck A, Haussner E, Schmelz WJ, Butler K, Greenberg J. (2017). Metrics of resilience and recovery in Floyd Bennett Field South, 2014-2016: Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NCBN/NRR—2017/1517. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Greenberg J, Beal I, Spahn A. (2017). Development of the geomorphological map of Fire Island National Seashore (post-Hurricane Sandy) and metrics of change. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2017/1420. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Greenberg J, Spahn A. (2017). Development of the geomorphological map for Gateway National Recreation Area (post-Hurricane Sandy): (1) Principal characteristics and components and (2) metrics of change. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2017/1416. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Hudacek W, Schmelz W, Spahn A. (2016). Development of the Geomorphological Map for Governors Island, Ellis Island, and Liberty Island, Upper New York Bay: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2016/1346. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, McDermott J, Hudacek W, Gagnon J, Towle M, Robertson W, Spahn A, Patel M, Schmelz W. (2016). Development of the geomorphological map for Sagamore Hill National Historic Site: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2016/1348. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Towle M, Spahn A. (2016). Shoreline change monitoring at Gateway National Recreation Area: 2007–2012 trend report. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2016/1030. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Spahn A, Riddell D, Ames K, Nicholas K. (2016). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network shoreline position (1D) and coastal topographic (2D) change monitoring: 2013-2014 annual summary report for Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2016/1000. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Spahn A. (2016). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network shoreline position (1D) and coastal topographic (2D) change monitoring: 2014-2015 annual summary report for Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2016/1003. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Spahn A. (2015). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network coastal topographic change monitoring: 2010-2011 annual data summary report for Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2015/993. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Carvajal CP, Spahn A. (2015). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network coastal topographic change monitoring: 2011-2012 annual data summary report for Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2015/994. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Schmelz W, Spahn A, Riddell D, Ames K, Nicholas K. (2015). Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network shoreline position (1D) and coastal topographic (2D) change monitoring: 2012-2013 annual data summary report for Gateway National Recreation Area. Natural Resource Data Series. NPS/NCBN/NRDS—2015/992. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
    • Psuty NP, Patel M, Freeman J, Schmelz W, Robertson W, Spahn A. (2015). Development of the geomorphological map for Fire Island National Seashore: Principal characteristics and components. Natural Resource Report. NPS/NRSS/GRD/NRR—2015/941. National Park Service. Fort Collins, Colorado. Link

    Geospatial datasets

    • Fukai, I., Baldwin, KE., Miller, KG., and Schmelz, WJ. Characterization of Carbon Sequestration Targets of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain and Adjacent Offshore Region (2020). Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological Map of Fire Island National Seashore and Vicinity, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, FIIS, FIIS post-Hurricane Sandy digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences map by Psuty, Schmelz, Greenberg, Beal and Spahn (2015). National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Inventory (GRI) program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Pre-Hurricane Sandy Geomorphological Map of Fire Island National Seashore and Vicinity, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, FIIS, FIIS pre-Hurricane Sandy digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences map by Psuty, Patel, Freeman, Schmelz, Robertson and Spahn (2014). National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Inventory (GRI) program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Pre-Hurricane Sandy Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Gateway National Recreation Area: Sandy Hook, Jamaica Bay and Staten Island Units, New Jersey and New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, GATE digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., McLoughlin, S.M., Schmelz, W., and Spahn, A. (2014). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Gateway National Recreation Area: Sandy Hook, Jamaica Bay and Staten Island Units, New Jersey and New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, GATE digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W., Greenberg, J. and Spahn A. (2015). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Pre-Hurricane Sandy Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, SAHO digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., McLoughlin, S.M., Schmelz, W., and Spahn, A. (2014). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, JABA digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W., Greenberg, J. and Spahn A. (2015). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Pre-Hurricane Sandy Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Staten Island Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, STIS digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., McLoughlin, S.M., Schmelz, W., and Spahn, A. (2014). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, SAHO digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W., Greenberg, J. and Spahn A. (2015). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, JABA digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W., Greenberg, J. and Spahn A. (2015). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Post-Hurricane Sandy (2015) Geomorphological-GIS Map of the Staten Island Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, STIS digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Schmelz, W., Greenberg, J. and Spahn A. (2015). NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Geomorphological Map of the William Floyd Estate, Fire Island National Seashore, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, FIIS, WIFE digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences map by Psuty, Schmelz, and Spahn (2014). National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Inventory (GRI) program. Link
    • 2016. Unpublished Digital Geomorphological-GIS Map of the New York Harbor Islands (Governors, Ellis and Liberty Islands), New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, GATE, NYIS digital map) adapted from a Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences unpublished digital data by Psuty, N.P., Hudacek,W., Schmelz, W., and Spahn, A. (2015). National Park Service (NPS) Geologic Resources Inventory (GRI) program. Link
    • 2014. Unpublished Digital Geomorphologic Map of Sagamore Hill Historic Site and Vicinity, New York (NPS, GRD, GRI, SAHI, SAHG digital map) adapted from Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, Sandy Hook, New Jersey unpublished digital data by Psuty, N. P., et. al.. NPS Geologic Resources Inventory Program. Link