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Senior Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine/Large Programs
Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
175 Geoinformatics Center
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8339
(845) 365-8778


Fields of interest: 
Geoinformatics. High-resolution seafloor mapping in coastal waters and the deep sea. Deep submergence vehicle data acquisition and integration. Management of marine geoscience data.

Exploring the ocean is an exciting combination of sea-going research expeditions and transformation of data into information and knowledge. My research interests include bathymetric mapping throughout the global oceans and making marine geoscience research data publicly available and easily accessible to scientists and the public. 

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
PhD, Coastal Oceanography
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
M.S., Marine Environmental Science
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
B. A., Geology-Biology
Colby College, Waterville, ME

Lamont Projects:

Referenced in the Following News Items:

Selected Publications:

Monitoring and Modelling the Rapid Evolution of Earth's Newest Volcanic Island: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai (Tonga) Using High Spatial Resolution Satellite Observations Garvin, J.B.; Slayback, D.; Ferrini, V.; Frawley, J.; Asrar, G.R.; Anderson, K. Geophysical Research Letters (2018) 10.1002/2017GL076621
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2016JB013742 Schnur, S R; Chadwick, W W; Embley, R W; Ferrini, V L; de Ronde, C E J; Cashman, K V; Deardorff, N D; Merle, S G; Dziak, R P; Haxel, J H; Matsumoto, H. K JGR Solid Earth Volume: 122 (2017) 10.1002/2016JB013742
The Pink and White Terraces of Lake Rotomahana: what was their fate after the 1886 Tarawera eruption? de Ronde, C.E.J.; Fornari, D.J.; Ferrini, V.L.; Walker, S.L.; Davy, B.W.; LeBlanc, C. ; Tontini, F.C.; Kukulya, A.L. J. Volc. Geotherm. Res. (2016) 101016/jjvolgeores201602003
Characterization of the in situ magnetic architecture of oceanic crust (Hess Deep) using near-source vector magnetic data. Tominaga, M.; Tivey, M. ; MacLeod, C. ; Morris, A. ; Lissenberg, J. ; Shillington, D. ; Ferrini, V. J.G.R. Solid Earth (2016) 10.1002/2015JB012783
Rescue of long-tail data from the ocean bottom to the Moon: IEDA Data Rescue Mini-Awards HSU, L., LEHNERT, K. A., GOODWILLIE, A., DELANO, J.W., GILL, J.B., TIVEY, M.A., FERRINI, V.L., CARBOTTE, S.M., ARKO R.A. GeoResJ 06/2015 Volume: 6 p.: 108-114 (2015) doi:10.1016/j.grj.2015.02.012
A New Digital Bathymetric Model of the World's Oceans Weatherall, P.; Marks, K. M.; Jakobsson, M.; Schmitt, T.; Tani, S.; Arndt, J.; Rovere, M.; Chayes, D.; Ferrini, V.; Wigley, R. Earth and Space Science (2015) 10.1002/2015EA000107
Molten sulfur lakes of intraoceanic arc volcanoes de Ronde, C. E. J.; Chadwick, W. W.; Ditchburn, R. G.; Embley, R. W.; Tunnicliffe, V.; Baker, E. T.; Walker, S. L.; Ferrini, V. L.; Merle, S. M. Volcanic Lakes p.: 261-288 (2015) 10.1007/978-3-642-36833-2_11
Imaging of CO2 bubble plumes above an erupting submarine volcano, NW Rota-1, Mariana Arc Chadwick, W. W.; Merle, S. G.; Buck, N. J.; Lavelle, J. W.; Resing, J. A.; Ferrini, V. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2014) 10.1002/2014GC005543
Evidence of mass failure in the Hess Deep Rift from multi-resolutional bathymetry data Ferrini, V. L.; Shillington, D. J.;Gillis, D.J.; MacLeod, C. J.; Teagle, D. A.; Morris, A.; Cazenave, P. W.; Hurst, S.; Tominaga, M. Marine Geology 05/2013 Volume: 339 p.: 13-21 (2013) 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.03.006
The East Pacific Rise Between 9°N and 10°N: Twenty-Five Years of Integrated, Multidisciplinary Oceanic Spreading Center Studies Fornari, D.J.; Von Damm, K.L.; Bryce, J.G.; Cowen, J.P.; Ferrini, V.; Fundis,A.;Lilley, M.D.; Luther III, G.W.; Mullineaux, L.S.; Perfit, M.R.; Meana-Prado, M.F.; Rubin, K.H.; Seyfried Jr., W.E.; Shank, T.M.; Soule, S.A.;Tolstoy, M.; White, S.M. Oceanography Volume: 25 Issue: 1 p.: 18-43 (2012) 10.5670/oceanog.2012.02
The 2005 Chios Ancient Shipwreck Survey Foley, B P; Dellaporta, K; Sakellariou, D.; Bingham, B S; Camilli, R; Eustice, R M; Evagelistis, D; Ferrini, V L; Katsaros, K; Kourkoumelis, D; Mallios, A; Micha, P; Mindell, D A; Roman, C N; Singh, H; Switzer, D S; Theodoulou, T Hesperia Volume: 78 Issue: 2 p.: 269-305 (2009)
The Global Multi-Resolution Topography Synthesis Ryan, W B F; Carbotte, S M; Coplan, J O; O'Hara, S; Melkonian, A; Arko, R; Weissel, RA; Ferrini, V; Goodwillie, A; Nitsche, F; Bonczkowski, J; Zemsky, R Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems Volume: 10 (2009)
Variable Morphologic Expression of Volcanic, Tectonic, and Hydrothermal Processes at Six Hydrothermal Vent Fields in the Lau Back-arc Basin Ferrini, V.L., M.K. Tivey, S.M. Carbotte, F. Martez, C.N. Roman Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-cubed) Volume: 9 Issue: Q07022 (2008) 10.1029/2008GC002047
Navigational infrastructure at the East Pacific Rise 9° 50’N area following the 2005-06 eruption: seafloor benchmarks and high-resolution multibeam surveys Soule, S.A.; Ferrini, V.L.; Kinsey, J.C.; Fornari, D.J.; Sellers, C.; White, S.M.; Von Damm, K.; Carbotte, S.M. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. (2008) 10.1029/2008GC002070
Submeter bathymetric mapping of volcanic and hydrothermal features on the East Pacific Rise crest at 9 degrees 50 ' N, Ferrini, V. L.; Fornari, D. J.; Shank, T. M.; Kinsey, J. C.; Tivey, M. A.; Soule, S. A.; Carbotte, S. M.; Whitcomb, L. L.; Yoerger, D.; Howland, J. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems Jan 19 Volume: 8 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006gc001333
The effects of fine-scale surface roughness and grain size on 300 kHz multibeam backscatter intensity. Ferrini, V.L., and R.D. Flood Marine Geology Volume: 228 Issue: 1-4 p.: 153-172 (2006)
A comparison of Rippled Scour Depressions identified with multibeam sonar: evidence of localized sediment transport in inner shelf environments. Ferrini, V.L., and R.D.Flood Continental Shelf Research Volume: 25 Issue: 16 p.: 1979-1995 (2005) doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.07.002