William J. Neal

The Seymour K. & Esther R. Padnos Hall of Science, 213A
One Campus Drive
Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
Office Telephone: (616)-331-3381
Office Fax: (616)-331-3740
Electronic Mail: [email protected]

Burgess Shale


Post-Doctoral Fellow, McMaster University (1968)
Ph.D. in Geology, University of Missouri-Columbia (1968) 
M.A. in Geology, University of Missouri-Columbia (1964)  
B.S. in Geology, University of Notre Dame (1961)

Puerto Rico 2014

Research Regions & Interests

Coastal geology (hazard evaluation and management; beach bed forms), sedimentary petrology (sands, heavy minerals, carbonates), stratigraphy, and invertebrate paleontology.

Selected Publications

Publications (Books and Journal Articles since 2002; see also coastalcare.org, beach of the month for online articles)

Neal, W.J., Bush, D.M., and Pilkey, O.H., 2017, Managed Retreat. In Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., editors, Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, 2nd Edition, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, (in press). 

Neal, W.J., Pilkey, O.H., Cooper, J.A.G., and Longo, N., 2017, Why Coastal Regulations Fail:  Ocean & Coastal Management. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.05.003In

Videtich, P.E., and Neal, W.J., 2012, Using Sieving and Unknown Sand Samples for a Sedimentation-Stratigraphy Class Project with Linkage to Introductory Courses:  Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 60, no. 4, p. 311-324.

Jackson, C.W., Bush, D.M., and Neal, W.J., 2012, Documenting Beach Loss in Front of  Seawalls in Puerto Rico: Pitfalls of Engineering a Small Island Nation Shore: Chapter 4, p. 53-71, in Cooper, J.A.G., and Pilkey, O.H., eds., Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization: Selected Case Studies, v. 3 in Coastal Research Library, Springer Science + Business Media, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 333p.

Meadows, L.A., Cotel, A.J., Webb, P.W., Meadows, G.A., and Neal, W.J., 2011, Interactions between Shoreline Flow, Morphology and Biota: Considerations for Management and Conservation:  p. 89-121, in Daniels, J. A., ed., Advances in Environmental Research, v. 14, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, 422p.

Pilkey, O.H., Neal, W.J., Kelley, J.T., and Cooper, J.A.G., 2011, The World’s Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 302p.

Fletcher, C., Boyd, R., Neal W.J., and Tice, V., 2010, Living on the Shores of Hawai’i: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our Communities: University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, HI, 336p.

Pilkey, O.H., and Neal, W.J., 2009, North Topsail Beach, North Carolina: A Model for Maximizing Coastal Hazard Vulnerability: in Kelley, J.T., Pilkey, O.H., and Cooper, J.A.G., eds., America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 460, p. 73-90.

Bush, D.M., Neal, W.J., and Jackson, C.W., 2009, Summary of Puerto Rico’s Vulnerability to Coastal Hazards: Risk, Mitigation, and Management with Examples: in Kelley, J.T., Pilkey, O.H., and Cooper, J.A.G., eds., America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 460, p. 149-165.

Jackson, C. W., Bush, D. M., and Neal, W. J., 2009, The Coastal Compartment Management Plan: Using Puerto Rico as a Model:  Southeastern Geology, v. 46, no. 2, p. 69-84.

Van Regenmorter, J., Videtich, P.E., Neal, W.J., 2008, Coprolites, Cololites, and Fish Fossils in the Mississippian Michigan Formation, Western Michigan: Michigan Academician, XXXVIII, p. 21-35.

Neal, W. J., Pilkey, O.H., and Kelley, J. T., 2007, Atlantic Coast Beaches: A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore: Mountain Press, Missoula, MT, 250p.

Jackson, C.W., Bush, D.M., and Neal, W.J., 2006, Gabions, a poor design for shore hardening: the Puerto Rico experience: Journal of Coastal Research, SI v. 39, v. II, p. 852-857 in Klein, A.H. et al., eds., Proceedings of the 8th International Coastal Symposium ICS 2004, 1909p. 

Bush, D.M., and Neal, W.J., 2006, Erosion and Sedimentation: Part 2 Hazards, p. 151-153, in American Planning Association, Planning and Urban Design Standards, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 720p.

Bush, D.M., Neal, W.J., Longo, N.J., Lindeman, K.C., Pilkey, D.F., Esteves, L.S.,  Congleton, J.D., and Pilkey, O.H., 2004, Living with Florida's Atlantic Beaches: Coastal Hazards from Amelia Island to Key West:  Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 338p.

Pilkey, O.H., Rice, T.M., and Neal, W.J., 2004, How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 162p.

Bush, D.M., Neal, W. J., and Young, R.S., 2004, After the storms: Geologists’ perspectives for architects on building in the coastal zone: Architectural Record, 11.04, p. 65-66.

Barnhardt, W.A., Gonzalez, R., Kelley, J.T., Neal, W., Pilkey, O.H., Jr., Monteiro, J.H., and Dias, J.A., 2002, Geologic evidence for the incorporation of flood tidal deltas at Tavira Island, southern Portugal:  Journal of Coastal Research, SI v. 36, p. 28-36. 

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