Marine Science

Clark E. Sherman, PhD

Faculty Member

Clark E. Sherman, PhD    (Curriculum Vitae)

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Professor: Geological Oceanography

PhD – University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2000.

Department of Marine Sciences 
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
PO Box 9000
Mayagüez, PR 00681-9000 

Tel. (787) 899-2048 ext. 250
Fax: (787) 899-2630
Email: clark.sherman@upr.edu

Office: Magueyes Marine Laboratories



  • Late Quaternary reef accretion and sea-level history
  • Geology and geomorphology of mesophotic coral ecosystems
  • Sedimentary dynamics in coral reef systems
  • Coastal geology and geomorphology


  • CMOG 6616 – Geological Oceanography
  • CMOG 8606 – Coastal Geomorphology
  • CMOG 8675 –Advanced Geological Oceanography
  • CMOG 8706 – Geology of Coral Reefs


  • Sherman, C.E., Fletcher C.H., Rubin, K.H, Simmons, K.R., Adey, W.H. 2014. Sea-level and reef accretion history of Marine Isotope Stage 7 and late Stage 5 based on age and facies of submerged late Pleistocene reefs, Oahu, Hawaii. Quaternary Research 81:138-150.
  • Whitall, D., L.J. Bauer, C. Sherman, K. Edwards, A. Mason, T. Pait, and C. Caldow. 2013. Baseline Assessment of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico in Support of Watershed Restoration. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 176. Prepared by the NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch. Silver Spring, MD. 169 pp.
  • Sherman, C., Hernandez, R., Hutchinson, Y. and Whitall, D., 2013. Terrigenous sedimentation patterns at reefs adjacent to the Guánica Bay Watershed. In: D. Whitall, L.J. Bauer, C. Sherman, K. Edwards, A. Mason, T. Pait and C. Caldow (Editors), Baseline assessment of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico in support of watershed restoration. Prepared by the NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch. Silver Spring, MD, pp. 103-112.
  • Sherman, C., Appeldoorn, R., Ballantine, D.L., Bejarano, I., Carlo, M., Kesling, D., Nemeth, M., Pagán, F., Ruiz, H., Schizas, N., Weil, E., 2013. Exploring the mesophotic zone: Diving operations and scientific highlights of three research cruises across Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, in: Lang, M.A., Sayer, M.D.J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 AAUS/ESDP Curaçao Joint International Scientific Diving Symposium. American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Curaçao, pp. 297-312.
  • Locker S, Armstrong R, Battista T, Rooney J, Sherman C, Zawada D (2010) Geomorphology of mesophotic coral ecosystems: current perspectives on morphology, distribution, and mapping strategies. Coral Reefs 29:329-345
  • Sherman C, Nemeth M, Ruíz H, Bejarano I, Appeldoorn R, Pagán F, Schärer M, Weil E (2010) Geomorphology and benthic cover of mesophotic coral ecosystems of the upper insular slope of southwest Puerto Rico. Coral Reefs 29:347-360
  • Sherman C, Appeldoorn R, Carlo M, Nemeth M, Ruiz H, Bejarano I (2009) Use of technical diving to study deep reef environments in Puerto Rico. Proc American Academy of Underwater Sciences 28th Scientific Symposium:58-65
  • Cuevas DN, Sherman CE, Ramirez WR, Hubbard DK (2009) Coral growth rates from the Holocene Canada Honda fossil reef, southwestern Dominican Republic: comparisons with modern counterparts in high sedimentation settings. Caribbean Journal of Science 45:94-109
  • Hernández R, Sherman C, Weil E, Yoshioka P (2009) Spatial and temporal patterns in reef sediment accumulation and composition, southwestern insular shelf of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 45:138-150
  • Ballantine DL, Appeldoorn RS, Yoshioka P, Weil E, Armstrong R, Garcia JR, Otero E, Pagan F, Sherman C, Hernandez-Delgado EA, Bruckner A, Lilyestrom C (2008) Biology and Ecology of Puerto Rican Coral Reefs. In: Riegl B, Dodge RE (eds) Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, pp 375-406
  • Cuevas DN, Sherman CE, Ramirez WR, Hubbard DK (2008) Environmental factors controlling community structure, morphology and linear extension of mid-Holocene reef corals from Canada Honda, Southwestern Dominican Republic. Proc 11th International Coral Reef Symposium:21-25
  • Fletcher CH, Bochicchio C, Conger CL, Engels MS, Feirstein EJ, Frazer N, Glenn CR, Grigg RW, Grossman EE, Harney JN, Isoun E, Murray-Wallace CV, Rooney JJ, Rubin KH, Sherman CE, Vitousek S (2008) Geology of Hawaii Reefs. In: Riegl B, Dodge RE (eds) Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, pp 435-488
  • Hubbard DK, Burke RB, Gill IP, Ramirez WR, Sherman CE (2008) Coral-reef geology: Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In: Riegl BM, Dodge RE (eds) Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, pp 263-302
  • Fletcher, CH, III, Murray-Wallace, CV, Glenn, CR, Sherman, CE, Popp, B, Hessler, A (2005) Age and Origin of Late Quaternary Eolianite, Kaiehu Point (Moomomi), Molokai, Hawaii. Journal of Coastal Research SI 42:97-112
  • Rubin KH, Fletcher CH, III, Sherman CE (2000) Fossiliferous Lana'i deposts formed by multiple events rather than a single giant tsunami. Nature 408:675-681
  • McMurtry GM, Herrero-Bervera E, Cremer MD, Smith JR, Resig J, Sherman C, Torresan ME (1999) Stratigraphic constraints on the timing and emplacement of the Alika 2 giant Hawaiian submarine landslide. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 94:35-58
  • Sherman CE, Fletcher CH, III, Rubin KH (1999) Marine and meteoric diagenesis of Pleistocene carbonates from a nearshore submarine terrace, Oahu, Hawaii. Journal of Sedimentary Research 69:1083-1097
  • Fletcher CH, Sherman CE (1995) Submerged shorelines on O'ahu, Hawai'i: archive of episodic transgression during the last deglaciation? Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 17:141-152
  • Sherman CE, Glenn CR, Jones AT, Burnett WC, Schwarcz, HP (1993) New evidence for two highstands of the sea during the last interglacial, oxygen isotope substage 5e. Geology 21:1079-1082