Jeff Ollerhead

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Jeff Ollerhead is a coastal geomorphologist who studies beaches and salt marshes. In recent years, he has been particularly involved in designing and monitoring salt marsh restorations in the upper Bay of Fundy.


Last five years

Ollerhead, J. and Davidson-Arnott, R. 2021. Evolution and management of Atlantic Canadian coastal dunes over the next century. Physical Geography (accepted 20 May 2021), 10.1080/02723646.2021.1936790.

Kimball, M.E., Connolly, R.M., Alford, S.B., Colombano, D.D., James, W.R., Kenworthy, M.D., Norris, G.S., Ollerhead, J., Ramsden, S., Rehage, J.S., Sparks, E.L., Waltham, N.J., Worthington, T.A. and Taylor, M.D. 2021. Novel applications of technology for advancing tidal marsh ecology. Estuaries and Coasts,

Waltham, N.J., Alcott, C., Barbeau, M.A., Cebrian, J., Connolly, R.M., Deegan, L.A., Dodds, K., Goodridge Gaines, L.A., Gilby, B.L., Henderson, C.J., McLuckie, C.M., Minello, T.J., Norris, G.S., Ollerhead, J., Pahl, J., Reinhardt, J.F., Rezek, R.J., Simenstad, C.A., Smith, J.A.M., Sparks, E.L., Staver, L.W., Ziegler, S.L. and Weinstein, M.P. 2021. Tidal marsh restoration optimism in a changing climate and urbanizing seascape. Estuaries and Coasts,

Baker, R., Taylor, M.D., Able, K.W., Beck, M.W., Cebrian, J., Colombano, D.D., Connolly, R.M., Currin, C., Deegan, L.A., Feller, I.C., Gilby, B.L., Kimball, M.E., Minello, T.J., Rozas, L.P., Simenstad, C., Turner, R.E., Waltham, N.J., Weinstein, M.P., Ziegler, S.L., zu Ermgassen, P.S.E., Alcott, C., Alford, S.B., Barbeau, M.A., Crosby, S.C., Dodds, K., Frank, A., Goeke, J., Goodridge Gaines, L.A., Hardcastle, F.E., Henderson, C.J., James, W.R., Kenworthy, M.D., Lesser, J., Mallick, D., Martin, C.W., McDonald, A.E., McLuckie, C., Morrison, B.H., Nelson, J.A., Norris, G.S., Ollerhead, J., Pahl, J.W., Ramsden, S., Rehage, J.S., Reinhardt, J.F., Rezek, R.J., Risse, L.M., Smith, J.A.M., Sparks, E.L., Staver, L.W. 2020. Fisheries rely on threatened salt marshes. Science, 06 Nov 2020, p. 670-671.

Ollerhead, J., van Proosdij, D., Bowron, T. and Graham, J.M. 2020. 25 years of salt marsh research, restoration, and being stuck in the mud in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 101, p. 255-262.

Virgin, S.D.S., Beck, A.D., Boone, L.K., Dykstra, A.K., Ollerhead, J., Barbeau, M.A. and McLellan, N.R. 2020. A managed realignment in the upper Bay of Fundy: community dynamics during salt marsh restoration over 8 years in a megatidal, ice-inflfluenced environment. Ecological Engineering, Vol 149. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2020.105713.

Davidson-Arnott, R., Hesp, P., Ollerhead, J., Walker, I., Bauer, B., Delgado-Fernandez, I. and Smyth, T. 2018. Sediment budget controls on foredune height: Comparing simulation model results with fifield data. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol. 43, p. 1798 1810. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4354.

Wollenberg, J.T., Ollerhead, J. and Chmura, G.L. 2018. Rapid carbon accumulation following managed realignment on the Bay of Fundy. PLoS ONE, Vol 13, 14 pp. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193930.

Walker, I.J., Davidson-Arnott, R.G.D., Bauer, B.O., Hesp, P.A., Delgado-Fernandez, I., Ollerhead, J. and Smyth, T.A.G. 2017. Scale-dependent perspectives on the geomorphology and evolution of beach-dune systems. Earth-Science Reviews, Vol. 171, p. 220-253. DOI: 10.1016/ j.earscirev.2017.04.011.

Manson, G.K., Davidson-Arnott, R.G.D. and Ollerhead, J. 2016. Attenuation of wave energy by nearshore sea ice: Prince Edward Island, Canada. Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 32(2), p. 253 263.


Doctorate (Geography): University of Guelph

Master of Science (Geography): University of Toronto

Bachelor of Science (Hon. Geography): University of Guelph


GENS 1401: The Physical Envrironment

GENS 3411: Coastal Geomorphology