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Peter A. Rona

Peter A. Rona

Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.S., Yale University
  • A.B., Brown University
  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Geology
  • Graduate: Ocean Ridge Processes, Geodynamics, Marine Geology

Research Interests:

  • Development and application of innovative acoustic methods to image and quantify the flow from seafloor hydrothermal vents, currently applied to monitor hydrothermal flow off northwestern North America as part of the first cabled seafloor observatory on an ocean ridge
  • Exploration of Hudson Canyon, a submarine extension of the Hudson River into the deep ocean basin, with emphasis on the role of gas hydrates in canyon ecosystems and in slope instability
  • Exploration of ocean ridges to advance understanding of their structure, dynamics mineralization processes, with current work on the Mid‐Atlantic and Carlsberg ridges.
  • Study of marine mineral resources with emphasis on hydrothermal mineralization
  • Pursuit of Paleodictyon nodosum, one of the oldest living fossils, the subject of the award winning IMAX film, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Selected Recent Publications:

P. A. Rona, C. W. Devey, J. Dyment and B. J. Murton, Editors, 2010, Diversity of Hydrothermal Systems on Slow Spreading Ocean Ridges, American Geophysical Union, Geophysical Monograph Series, v. 188, 440 pp.
P. A. Rona, A. Seilacher and 11 coauthors, 2009, Paleodictyon nodosum: A living fossil on the deep‐sea floor, DeepSea Research II, 56:1700‐1712, doi:1016/j.dsr2.2009.05.015
P. A. Rona, 2008, The changing vision of marine minerals, Ore Geology Reviews, 33:618‐666, the doi:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2007.03.006

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Dr. Peter Rona entering Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin to dive at the TAG hydrothermal field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Dr. Peter Rona with the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Eagle Ray on a cruise to map Hudson Submarine Canyon