Ian Church

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Assistant Professor
B.Sc.Eng; M.Sc.Eng; Ph.D. (UNB)
Phone: 1-506-447-8116
Email: ian.church@unb.ca
Ocean Mapping Group

Dr. Ian Church specializes in ocean mapping using acoustics. His current primary research interests are in integrating hydrodynamic numerical modelling with ocean mapping, marine habitat mapping, acoustic water column interpretation, and evaluating autonomous mapping platforms. The principal goals of his research are to better understand the marine environment using acoustics and to minimize uncertainty in ocean mapping products.

Dr. Church received his B.Sc.Eng, M.Sc.Eng and Ph.D. from UNB while working with the Ocean Mapping Group. Between 2005 and 2013 he was involved with operating and managing the multibeam sonar system onboard the coast guard ship Amundsen, travelling throughout the Canadian Arctic. After spending eight summers in the Arctic and finishing his PhD, he moved to the University of Southern Mississippi, along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. There he was part of the Hydrographic Science Research Center in the Department of Marine Science. In 2016, he moved back to UNB to take an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and a leadership role of the Ocean Mapping Group.

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1889-356X

Publications and Papers in Conference Proceedings

Crawford, A.J., P. Wadhams, T. Wagner, A. Stern, E. Abrahamsen, I. Church, R. Bates,  K. Nicholls, 2016, Journey of an Arctic ice island. Oceanography, 29(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.30.

McHugh, C., I. Church, M.S. Kim, and D. Maggio, 2015, Comparison of horizontal and vertical resolvable resolution between repetitive multibeam surveys using different kinematic GNSS methods. International Hydrographic Review, No. 14, November 2015, pp. 7-18

Maggio, D., I. Church, C. McHugh, M.S. Kim, 2015, A Comparison of Overlapping Data from Bathymetric and Fisheries Multibeam Sonars.  Proceedings of the US Hydrographic Conference 2015, 17pp.

Brucker S., J. Muggah, I. Church, J.E. Hughes Clarke, T. Hamilton, A. Hiroji, W. Renoud, 2013, Hydrographic efficiencies of operating an 18 m research platform in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Proceedings of the US Hydrographic Conference 2013, 21 pp.

Hughes Clarke, J.E., S. Brucker, J. Muggah, I. Church,  D. Cartwright, P. Kuus, T. Hamilton, D. Pratomo and B. Eisan, 2012, The Squamish ProDelta: Monitoring Active Landslides and Turbidity Currents, Proceedings of the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2012, 15pp.

Hughes Clarke, J.E., S. Brucker, J. Muggah, T. Hamilton, D. Cartwright, I. Church and P. Kuus, 2012, Temporal progression and spatial extent of mass wasting events on the Squamish prodelta slope: Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Protecting Society through Improved Understanding, Eberhardt et al. (eds), Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN 978-0-415-62123-6, p.1091-1096.

Church, I., J. E. Hughes Clarke, S. Haigh, R. Toodesh, 2012, Modelling the estuarine circulation of the Port of Saint John: Visualizing complex sound speed distribution, Proceedings of the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2012. 17pp.

Jakobsson, M., L. Mayer, B. Coakley, J. A. Dowdeswell, S. Forbes, B. Fridman, H. Hodnesdal, R. Noormets, R. Pedersen, M. Rebesco, H. W. Schenke, Y. Zarayskaya, D. Accettella, A. Armstrong, R. M. Anderson, P. Bienhoff, A. Camerlenghi, I. Church, M. Edwards, J. V. Gardner, J. K. Hall, B. Hell, O. Hestvik, Y. Kristoffersen, C. Marcussen, R. Mohammad, D. Mosher, S. V. Nghiem, M. T. Pedrosa, P. G. Travaglini, and P. Weatherall (2012). “The International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) Version 3.0.” Geophysical Research Letters, 39(12).

Lastras, G., M. Canals, D. Amblas, C. Lavoie, I. Church, B. De Mol, R. Duran, A.M. Calafat, J.E. Hughes-Clarke, C.J. Smith, S. Heussner, and “Euroleón” cruise shipboard party, 2011, Understanding sediment dynamics of two large submarine valleys from seafloor data: Blanes and La Fonera canyons, northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Marine Geology, Volume 280, Issues 1–4, Pages 20–39.

Hughes Clarke, J.E., S. Brucker, J. Muggah, I. Church and D. Cartwright, 2011, The Squamish Delta Repetitive Survey Program: A simultaneous investigation of prodeltaic sedimentation and integrated system accuracy, Proceedings of the U.S. Hydrographic Conference 2011, 16pp.

Muggah, J., I. Church, J. Beaudoin and J.E. Hughes Clarke, 2010. Seamless Online Distribution of Amundsen Multibeam Data , Paper S7.2, Proceedings of the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2010, 19pp.

Church, I., S. Brucker, J.E. Hughes Clarke, S. Haigh, J. Bartlett and T. Janzen, 2009, Developing Strategies to Facilitate Long Term Seabed Monitoring in the Canadian Arctic using Post Processed GPS and Tidal Models, Proceedings of the U.S. Hydrographic Conference 2009, 13pp.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, S. Haigh, M. Santos, M. Lamplugh, J. Griffin and R. Parrott, 2008, Using Globally-Corrected GPS Solutions to Assess the Viability of Hydrodynamic Modeling in the Bay of Fundy, P4-2, Proceedings of the Canadian Hydrographic Conference and National Surveyors Conference, 23pp.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, and S. Haigh, 2007, Use of a nested finite-element hydrodynamic model to predict phase and amplitude modification of tide within narrow fjords. Proceedings of the U.S. Hydrographic Conference 2007, 16pp.

Conference Presentations

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, S. Haigh, 2016, The integration of a high-resolution baroclinic hydrodynamic model with multibeam echosounder data reduction: Examining depth uncertainty and model skill assessment.  2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, poster presentation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

O’brien, S., P. Fitzpatrick, B. Dzwonkowski, S. Dykstra, D. Wallace, I. Church, J. Wiggert, 2016, Multivariate analysis of the influences of oceanic and meteorological processes on suspended particulate matter distributions in Mississippi coastal waters. 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, poster presentation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Buijsman, M. I Church, J. Haydel, K. Martin, A. Shiller, D. Wallace, J. Blancher, A. Foltz, A. Griffis, T. Kosciuch, A. Kincketootle, E. Pierce, V. Young, 2016, From Proposal Writing to Data Collection to Presentation: Physical Oceanography Laboratory Class Students Explore the Fundamentals of Science. 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, poster presentation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Church, I., M. Williamson, L. Quas, G. Jacobs, 2016, Reducing uncertainty in multibeam sonar depth estimates through integration with high resolution numerical models. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Greer, A.T., I. Church, A. Boyette, W.M. Graham, 2016, Acoustical and optical characterization of marine snow layers in the northern Gulf of Mexico: layer types and mechanisms of formation. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Quas, L., I. Church, M. Williamson, J. Wiggert, 2016, Application of High-Resolution Multibeam Sonar Backscattter to Estimate Benthic Sediment Type Distributions in the Mississippi Bight. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Williamson, M.. I. Church, L. Quas, A. Greer, 2016, High Frequency Multibeam Sonar Water Column Backscatter: A 3D View of Water Column Acoustic Anomalies to Facilitate Ecosystem Science. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

O’Brien, S.J., P. Fitzpatrick, B. Dzwonkowski, D.J. Wallace, I. Church, and J.D. Wiggert, 2016, Influence of physical processes and meteorological parameters on the concentration of Suspended Particulate Matter derived from MODIS reflectance at 645 nm in the Mississippi Sound. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, oral presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Cowen, R.K., W.M. Graham, F.J. Hernandez, J.W. Krause, S.D. Howden, I. Church, C. Briseño-Avena, A.T. Greer, A.L. Deary, 2016, CONCORDE: Preliminary results on measurement of fine-scale to sub-mesoscale processes driving the distribution and transport of plankton in the highly dynamic coastal shelf system of the northern GOM. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Deary, A.L., A. M. Hoover, F.J. Hernandez, R.K. Cowen, I. Church, J. Krause, A.T. Greer, C. Briseño-Avena, A. Boyette, and W.M. Graham, 2016, CONCORDE: Preliminary distribution of plankton along three sampling corridors in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Church, I. 2015, The 2015 USM Hydrographic Science Graduate Program Summer Field Project: Adventures with a Tilted EM2040c. FEMME 2015, poster presentation, Singapore.

Xie, H., L. Geng, L. Fortier, and I. Church, 2015, Origin or the subsurface anomaly of dissolved methane in seawater on the Baffin Bay and Labrador shelves. 49th CMOS Congress, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Church, I., 2015, The integration of hydrodynamic numerical models with hydrographic data collection and processing. U.S. Hydro 2015, oral and poster presentation, Washington, D.C, USA.

Kim, M.S., I. Church, C. McHugh, D. Maggio, and S. Howden, 2015, Examining the uncertainty associated with the establishment of an ellipsoid to chart datum separation surface using GNSS buoys. U.S. Hydro 2015, poster presentation, Washington, D.C, USA.

McHugh, C., I. Church, M.S. Kim, and D. Maggio, 2015, Comparison of horizontal and vertical resolvable resolution between repetitive multibeam surveys using different kinematic GNSS methods. U.S. Hydro 2015, oral and poster presentation, Washington, D.C, USA.

Church, I. 2015, Monitoring benthic habitats within Mississippi Sound using high precision multibeam sonar. 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, poster presentation, Houston, Texas, USA.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, 2013, Future Requirements to Support Safe Arctic Marine Navigation in a Transforming Climate, ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, oral presentation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Church, I., D. Cartwright, J.E. Hughes Clarke, 2010, The Clipper Adventurer: CCGS Amundsen Response and Risk Mitigation with Near Real-Time Construction of Safe Shipping Corridors. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, oral presentation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, 2008, Developing Strategies to Improve GPS Positioning and Tidal Information to Facilitate Long Term Seabed Monitoring in the Canadian Arctic, ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, poster presentation, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke and S. Haigh, 2007, Applying Predicted Tides from a Local Hydrodynamic Model to Multibeam Bathymetry: A Solution for Seabed Monitoring in Remote Locations. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, poster presentation, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Church I., 2007, Predicted Tides from Hydrodynamic Models. U.S. Hydro 2007, The Sixth International Discussion Group Meeting on Uncertainty Management in Hydrography, oral presentation, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

Church, I., J.E. Hughes Clarke, S. Haigh, and S. Brucker, 2006, Comparing GcGPS Ellipsoid Height Records, Predicted Tides and a Hydrodynamic Circulation Model for the Pond Inlet, Eclipse Sound and Navy Board Inlet System. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, poster presentation, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Church, I., 2006, Towards a Nested Finite-Element Hydrodynamic Model to Predict Phase and Amplitude Modification of Tide within Narrow Fjords. Geomatics and Geodesy Student Technical Conference, oral presentation, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Invited Seminars

Church, I. 2015. Monitoring benthic habitats within Mississippi Sound using high precision multibeam sonar. The University of Southern Mississippi – Department of Coastal Sciences spring 2015 Seminar Series, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA.

Panel Discussions

Church, I., R.  Hendon, E. Powell, C. Rakocinski, S. Milroy, 2015, Science on the Half Shell: Mississippi Sound Oysters from Mississippi Sound Science. Public panel discussion on Oyster Restoration, September 22 and October 19.

Appointments

June 2016 – Present

Assistant Professor of Engineering, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

  • Research, teaching, curriculum development and graduate student advising within the Ocean Mapping Group on all aspects of seabed mapping including tides, sound speed error analysis, multibeam watercolumn data collection and processing and acoustic backscatter analysis.

January 2014 – May 2016

Assistant Professor of Marine Science , Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Centre

December 2015 – May 2016

 Honorary Research Associate, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

Education

Degrees

2011 – 2014                PhD in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada

2006 – 2008                Master of Science in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada

2001 – 2006                Bachelor of Science in Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering (First Division), University of New Brunswick, Canada

Teaching History

2017

  • GGE5012 Marine Geology and Geophysics (4hrs, 7 students)
  • GGE6022 Advanced Topics in Ocean Mapping  (3hrs, 2 students)

2016

  • GGE5011 Oceanography, Tides, and Water Levels (4hrs, 7 students)
  • GGE3353 Ocean Mapping (5hrs, 42 students)
  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)

2015

  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)
  • HYD607 Oceanography and Marine Geology for Hydro Surveyors (3hrs, 10 students)
  • HYD620 Math for Hydrographers (3hrs, 17 students)
  • Introduction to MATLAB for Hydrographic Science Workshop (15 students)

2014

  • HYD601 Hydrographic Data Management (3hrs, 13 students)
  • HYD607 Oceanography and Marine Geology for Hydro Surveyors (3hrs, 16 students)
  • HYD620 Math for Hydrographers (3hrs, 12 students)
  • Introduction to MATLAB for Hydrographic Science Workshop (14 students)

2013

  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Instructor (5hrs, 22 students)
  • GGE1001 Introduction to Geodesy and Geomatics, Three Lectures on Ocean Mapping

2012

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 9 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • Geodesy and Geomatics Eng. Recruitment Presentations

2011

  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • GGE1001 Introduction to Geodesy and Geomatics, Ocean Mapping Lab Instructor

2010

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 8 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Tides and Datums
  • Lecture to Grade 8 Students on Ocean Mapping, Nashwaaksis Middle School

2009

  • GGE5023 Tides and Water Levels, Instructor (2hrs, 5 students)
  • GGE3353 Imaging and Mapping II, Guest Lecturer on Heave and GPS integration

2008

  • GGE5013 Oceanography for Hydrographic Surveyors, Teaching Assistant
  • Lecture to Grade 8 Students on Ocean Mapping, Nashwaaksis Middle School

Marine Research Experience

2016

  • R/V Point Sur, October and November 2015, Reson 7125, Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Watercolumn data visualization and backscatter processing.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2015, Reson 7125, EM2040c, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization, system testing and multiple coastal surveys.

2015

  • R/V Point Sur, October and November 2015, Reson 7125, Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Watercolumn data visualization and backscatter processing.
  • CSL Heron, June 2015, EM710, BOT MVP-30. Squamish, BC., Seabed mapping in Howe Sound, BC.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2015, Reson 7125, EM2040c, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization, system testing and multiple coastal surveys.

2014

  • R/V Pelican, June 2014, EM3002, Cocodrie, Louisiana, Vessel mobilization
  • CCGS Amundsen, June 2014, EM302, Knudsen 320R 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, MVP300. Quebec City, Quebec. Vessel Mobilization.
  • R/V LeMoyne, 2014, Reson 7125, Edgetech 4600, Knudsen 3.5 KHz sub-bottom profiler, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Vessel Mobilization and multiple coastal surveys.

2013

  • CCGS Amundsen, July, August and September 2013, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Quebec City, Quebec to Resolute, Nunavut. Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay and the Northwest Passage.

2012

  • USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65), May 2012, EM2040, EM710, EM122, ADCP, BOT MVP-300. Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Processed ADCP and MVP data
  • CCGS Vector, April 2012, EM710, BOT MVP-200. Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, BC. Seabed Mapping over disposal at sea site for Environment Canada.
  • MV Nuliajuk, June and November 2012, EM3002, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Glovertown, NL. Vessel mobilization and demobilization.
  • CSL Heron, June 2012, EM710, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Sidney, BC. Vessel mobilization.

2011

  • CCGS Amundsen, August and September 2011, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. Lead for seabed mapping of deep water portions of Pokak and Ajurak lease block within the Beaufort Sea for BP and IOL.
  • CSL Heron, May & June 2011, EM710, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Squamish, BC. Seabed mapping in Howe Sound, BC.

2010

  • CCGS Amundsen, August and September 2010, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. Lead for seabed mapping of Pokak lease block within the Beaufort Sea for BP.
  • RV White Holly, January-February 2010, Reson 7125, UCTD Underway Profiling System. Jacksonville, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida. Seabed mapping for submarine cable installations within a proposed Navy undersea warfare training range (USWTR).

2009

  • CCGS Amundsen, July, August, September and October 2009, EM302, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300. Victoria, British Columbia to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories and Paulatuk, Northwest Territories to Paulatuk, Northwest Territories. Seabed mapping through the Pacific Ocean and Beaufort Sea within the Ajurak lease block for Imperial Oil Limited.
  • RV White Holly, May-June 2009, Reson 7150, Echotrac MKIII, UCTD Underway Profiling System. Honolulu, Hawaii to Honolulu, Hawaii. Seabed mapping, off Kauai, for Navy undersea cable route design.

2008

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2008, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Kugluktuk, Nunavut to Resolute, Nunavut. Seabed mapping throughout the Northwest Passage.
  • RV White Holly, June-July 2008, Reson 8160, Echotrac MKIII. San Diego, California to San Diego, California. Seabed mapping, off San Clemente Island, for Navy undersea cable route design.

2007

  • RV Hesperides, October 2007, EM120, Topaz parametric sub-bottom echosounder. Cartagena, Spain to Cartagena, Spain. Seabed mapping, within the Mediterranean Sea, of the continental margin and submarine canyons in Spanish waters.
  • CCGS Amundsen, July & August 2007, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler. Quebec City, Quebec to Churchill, Manitoba. Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Hudson Strait and Hudson Bay.
  • RV Hercules, April 2007, EM3002D, EM1002, HIPAP. Valletta, Mobilizing the RV Hercules and Seabed Mapping around Malta.

2006

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2006, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, Quebec City, Quebec to Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay and the Northwest Passage.
  • CSL Heron, July & August 2006, EM3002, Knudsen 200 kHz sidescans, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Seabed mapping in Passamaquoddy Bay and Bay of Fundy.

2005

  • CCGS Amundsen, August & September 2005, EM300, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-300, Quebec City, Quebec to Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Seabed mapping throughout the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay, the Northwest Passage and the Beaufort Sea.
  • CSL Heron, May & June 2005, EM3000, Knudsen 200 kHz sidescan, Knudsen 3.5 kHz sub-bottom profiler, BOT MVP-30. Seabed mapping in Passamaquoddy Bay and Bay of Fundy for the hydrographic training field camp.