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Dr Justin Dix BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Marine Geophysics, Head of Geology and Geophysics Research Group

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Dr Justin Dix is Senior Lecturer in Marine Geophysics and Geoarchaeology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc (Hons) Geology, University of Dundee (1989)

PhD Geology, University of St Andrews (1994)




Research interests


High resolution seismics & marine geoarchaeology 

Research Interests

All of my research benefits from my position as a Cross-Faculty Senior Lecturer between the School of Ocean & Earth Science and the Faculty of Humanities (Archaeology).

I am particularly interested in the development and integration of geophysical (particularly acoustic techniques), geological, archaeological and hydrodynamic approaches, for the solution of a suite of scientific problems. Current research areas include:

  • the non-destructive identification, reconstruction and assessment of submerged archaeological sites;
  • the development of a new 3D high-resolution acoustic tools for marine investigation;
  • the acoustic and geotechnical characteristics of marine sediments, archaeological materials and shallow gas deposits;
  • low and scour evolution around submerged three-dimensional objects, with particular reference to archaeological case studies;
  • coastal environments and their role in pre-historic migrations; with particular emphasis on the archaeological potential of continental shelves,
  • the reconstruction of Late Quaternary palaeo-environments and their implications for interpreting pre-historic sites

This work is and has been funded by research grants from HEFCE Research Councils (EPSRC, NERC and AHRC), National and International government organisations (English Heritage, MOD, Danish National Museum, Rijkwaterstaat - Netherlands) and industry (SEA, Qinetiq [both Military Contractors], METOC and GeoAcoustics Ltd).

Research group(s)

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

3D Chirp - Decimetre resolution sub-bottom profiling

Geo-archaeology - New high-resolution 3D seismic imaging

The Taphonomy of Historic Wreck Sites

Vertical turbulence structures in the benthic boundary layer as related to suspended sediment

Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables

Hydrodynamic and Geotechnical Controls of Scour Around Offshore Monopiles

Environmental Controls on the State of HV Cables under the Seafloor

iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems

Windermere Research

Sediment transport pathways offshore between Poole and Christchurch Bays



Book Section(s)

  • The submerged palaeolithic: an opportunity not a problem - Bynoe, R., Dix, Justin K. and Sturt, Fraser. In Ancient Maritime Communities and the Relationship between People and Environment along the European Atlantic Coasts - Daire, Marie-Yvane, Dupont, Catherine, Baudry, Anna, Billard, Cyrille, Large, Jean-Marc, Lespez, Laurent, Normand, Eric and Scarre, Chris (eds.)
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    British Archaeological Reports, S2570
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  • Industry-linked research: submerged landscapes in English waters - Sturt, Fraser, Dix, Justin and Grant, Michael J.. In Under the Sea: archaeology and palaeolandscapes - Bailey, G.N., Harff, J. and Sakellariou, D. (eds.)
    Published by:
    Cham, CH
    Coastal Research Library
  • The acoustic characteristics of marine archaeological wood - Dix, J.K., Arnott, S., Best, A.I. and Gregory, D.. In Acoustical Oceanography - Leighton, T.G., Heald, G.J., Griffiths, H. and Griffiths, G. (eds.)
    At event:
    Institute of Acoustics Conference on Acoustical Oceanography
    Published by:
    St Albans, UK
    Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, 23 (Part 2)
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  • Modern pollution signals in sediments from Windermere, NW England, determined by micro-XRF and lead isotope analysis - Miller, H., Croudace, I.W., Bull, J.M., Cotterill, C.J., Dix, J.K. and Taylor, R.N.. In Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a Non-destructive Tool for the Environmental Sciences: Part III - Croudace, I,W. and Rothwell, R.G. (eds.)
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research, 17
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  • Marine scour of cohesionless sediments - Quinn, R., Saunders, R., Plets, R., Westley, K. and Dix, J.. In Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks - Keith, M.E. (ed.)
    Published by:
    Florida, US
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Dr Justin Dix
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number:NOCS/186/05

Telephone:(023) 8059 3057
Facsimile:(023) 8059 3059

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