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LT Chris Verlinden
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Science Department
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444‐8621
LT Chris Verlinden
Department of Science
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

LT Chris Verlinden is from Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with high honors with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences in 2008, whereupon he was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Sea as the Science Officer for two years. Research missions while serving aboard Polar Sea ranged from methane hydrate research to capturing polar bears. In 2010, LT Verlinden transferred to USCGC Sycamore out of Cordova, Alaska where he served as Operations Officer for two years. During this time, LT Verlinden served as task force leader for on-scene Coast Guard assets during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and as project officer for oil spill response exercises in support of Operation Arctic Shield, earning five arctic service medals in the process. LT Verlinden completed his graduate work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography earning an M.S. in Oceanography in 2014 with research focusing on passive ocean acoustics. In 2014, LT Verlinden began teaching at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the Marine Science section and, in 2017, completed his Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with research focusing on passive acoustic source localization and environmental inversion.

His research collaborations include extensive work with the Office of Naval Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, MIT, Woods Hole, Georgia Tech, Duke, and NOAA. He supervises cadet research in the fields of Geospatial Information Systems, marine mammal physiology and population dynamics, physical oceanography, CG LE and SAR mission optimization, and ocean acoustics. LT Verlinden has taught undergraduate courses in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Wave Physics, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Information Systems, Atmospheric and Marine Science, Ocean Acoustics, and Geospatial Intelligence. LT Verlinden currently lives in New London, Connecticut where he serves as a Marine Science Instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

  • Ph.D. Oceanography with specialty in Ocean Acoustics and Digital Signal Processing, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2017
  • M.S. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2014
  • B.S. Marine and Environmental Sciences, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2008

Courses Taught:
  • Intro to Geospatial Sciences
  • Geospatial Sciences I
  • Geospatial Sciences II
  • Research in Geospatial Sciences
  • Ocean Dynamics
  • Waves and Tides
  • Atmospheric and Marine Sciences
  • Operational Oceanography