Doug Levin, Ph.D.

  • Chief Innovation Officer



  • B.S. Marine Biology, 1978; Fairleigh Dickinson University 
  • M.A. Geology, 1981; Boston University 
  • Ph.D. Marine Science/Geology, 1990, Louisiana State University 


  • Outstanding Teaching Award; Liberal Arts 
  • Community Service Award 
  • Advisor of the Year 
  • Distinguished Alumni Award 
  • Lynton Award for Academic Outreach 

Professional Past 

  • NOAA’s - U.S. IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) – Program Manager for Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed Program. 
  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office – Habitat Specialist & Education Coordinator. 
  • Bryant College (now University), Smithfield, RI – Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Science & Technology. 
  • Over thirty years of hands-on experience with a spectrum of seafloor mapping systems, including AUVs, ROVs, navigation, side scan sonar, sub bottom profilers, single beam echosounders, multi beam, maggies, and a slew of water quality mapping systems and ADCPs. 

Favorite Past Projects 

My project experience spans mapping rivers in Zaire, oil seep detection off of Cartagena, SA, pipeline and cable route selections in the Gulf of Mexico, Aleutians, and the Med, shipwreck imaging in Thunder Bay, searching for evidence of NOAH’s deluge in the Black Sea, to mapping Ice Sheets in Iceland and Greenland w/ NASA from the air. In the summer of 2010 I advised BP and NOAA regarding strategic mapping of the benthic impacts of oil as a result of Deepwater Horizon (MC-252). 

Favorite Activities 

Fly Fishing for trout – anywhere (Montana??), Kayaking - anywhere, Model Trains (pre war Lionel and HO), Cooking , Running Boats (50 Ton USCG License), Developing STEM Education Programs (Aquabotz, BOBs, BABs), Hanging with Fez, the kids, and grandkids (Charleston, SC), Teaching – K – Gray, Gardening and Stone Work (around the cabin), and learning. 

Favorite Movies 

The Princess Bride, Cool Hand Luke, The Man Who Would Be King 

Favorite Book(s) 

The Giving Tree (Silverstein), The Path Between the Seas (David McCullough), Two Years Before the Mast (Dana), Conquest of New Spain (Diaz).