Peter A. Rona

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


  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Geology
  • Graduate: Ocean Ridge Processes, Geodynamics, Marine Geology


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.S., Yale University
  • A.B., Brown University

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