Anthony Lyons

Associate Director for Research - Center for Acoustics Research and Education / Research Professor - Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Phone: (603) 862-0329
Office: Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, Durham, NH 03824
Anthony Lyons

Anthony P. Lyons (M’96) 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. Dr. Lyons also worked for short periods in 2008 and 2014 for the US Office of Naval Research Global. 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. He is also currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.


  • 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

Olson, D. R., & Lyons, A. P. (2021). Resolution dependence of rough surface scattering using a power law roughness spectrum. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149(1), 28-48. doi:10.1121/10.0002974

Lowell, K., Calder, B., & Lyons, A. (2020). Measuring shallow-water bathymetric signal strength in lidar point attribute data using machine learning. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE. doi:10.1080/13658816.2020.1867147

Bassett, C., Lavery, A. C., Lyons, A. P., Wilkinson, J. P., & Maksym, T. (2020). Direct inference of first-year sea ice thickness using broadband acoustic backscattering. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(2), 824-838. doi:10.1121/10.0000619

Olson, D. R., Lyons, A. P., Abraham, D. A., & Sæbø, T. O. (2019). Scattering statistics of rock outcrops: Model-data comparisons and Bayesian inference using mixture distributions. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(2), 761-774. doi:10.1121/1.5089892

Brown, D. C., Brownstead, C. F., Lyons, A. P., & Gabrielson, T. B. (2018). Measurements of two-dimensional spatial coherence of normal-incidence seafloor scattering. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(4), 2095-2108. doi:10.1121/1.5056168

Abraham, D. A., & Lyons, A. P. (2002). Novel Physical Interpretations of K-Distributed Reverberation. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 27(4), 800. 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. The 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


Most Cited Publications