Anthony Lyons

Associate Director for Research, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

Research Professor - Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, Associate Director for Research - Center for Acoustics Research and Education
Phone: (603) 862-0329
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824
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Dr. Anthony Lyons is currently a Research Professor in the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and is the Associate Director for Research in the Center for Acoustics Research and Education. Anthony P. Lyons received the B.S. degree in Physics from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR, in 1988. After receiving his PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1995, Dr. Lyons worked in the Fine-Scale Acoustics and Oceanography Group at the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy, from 1995 to 2000 where he was involved in a variety of projects in the area of environmental acoustics. Previous to taking his position at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Lyons was a Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State and a Professor of Acoustics in Penn State’s Graduate Program in Acoustics. While on sabbatical, he worked in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2008. Dr. Lyons also worked for the US Office of Naval Research Global in 2008 and 2014. His research projects have included studies of shallow-water acoustic propagation, acoustic interaction with the sea?oor, characterization of sea?oor sediments and high-resolution oceanographic measurements. Dr. Lyons was awarded, with the recommendation of the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Acoustics' (U.K.) A.B. Wood Medal in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (2007) and a member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.


  • Ph.D., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), Texas A & M University
  • M.S., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), Texas A & M University
  • B.S., Henderson State University

Research Interests

  • Acoustic Reverberation
  • Acoustic Target Detection
  • Acoustic Waves
  • Acoustics
  • Acoustics Technology
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Hydroacoustics
  • Ice-Acoustic Interactions
  • Marine and Ocean Sciences
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Oceanography

Selected Publications

Lyons, A. P., Olson, D. R., & Hansen, R. E. (2022). Modeling the effect of random roughness on synthetic aperture sonar image statistics.. J Acoust Soc Am, 152(3), 1363. doi:10.1121/10.0013837

Steele, S. -M., & Lyons, A. P. (2022). Development and Experimental Validation of Endfire Synthetic Aperture Sonar for Sediment Acoustics Studies. IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 47(2), 472-482. doi:10.1109/JOE.2021.3107590

Wilford, D. C., Miksis-Olds, J. L., Martin, S. B., Howard, D. R., Lowell, K., Lyons, A. P., & Smith, M. J. (2021). Quantitative Soundscape Analysis to Understand Multidimensional Features. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.672336

Lowell, K., Calder, B., & Lyons, A. (2021). Measuring shallow-water bathymetric signal strength in lidar point attribute data using machine learning. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE, 35(8), 1592-1610. doi:10.1080/13658816.2020.1867147

Olson, D. R., & Lyons, A. P. (2021). Resolution dependence of rough surface scattering using a power law roughness spectrum. JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 149(1), 28-48. doi:10.1121/10.0002974

Abraham, D. A., & Lyons, A. P. (2002). Novel physical interpretations of K-distributed reverberation. IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 27(4), 800-813. doi:10.1109/JOE.2002.804324

Richardson, M. D., Briggs, K. B., Bibee, L. D., Jumars, P. A., Sawyer, W. B., Albert, D. B., . . . Wheatcroft, R. A. (2001). Overview of SAX99: Environmental considerations. IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 26(1), 26-53. doi:10.1109/48.917921

Lyons, A. P., & Abraham, D. A. (1999). Statistical characterization of high-frequency shallow-water seafloor backscatter. JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 106(3), 1307-1315. doi:10.1121/1.428034

Anderson, A. L., Abegg, F., Hawkins, J. A., Duncan, M. E., & Lyons, A. P. (1998). Bubble populations and acoustic interaction with the gassy floor of Eckernforde Bay. CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH, 18(14-15), 1807-1838. doi:10.1016/S0278-4343(98)00059-4


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