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

Abraham, D. A., Murphy, S. M., Hines, P. C., & Lyons, A. P. (2018). Matched-Filter Loss From Time-Varying Rough-Surface Reflection With a Small Effective Ensonified Area. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 43(2), 506-522. doi:10.1109/joe.2017.2704198

Brown, D. C., Brownstead, C. F., Gabrielson, T. B., & Lyons, A. P. (2017). A metric for characterization of two-dimensional spatial coherence. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142(3), EL313-EL318. doi:10.1121/1.5001163

Olson, D. R., Lyons, A. P., & Sæbø, T. O. (2016). Measurements of high-frequency acoustic scattering from glacially eroded rock outcrops. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139(4), 1833-1847. doi:10.1121/1.4945589

Hansen, R. E., Lyons, A. P., Saebo, T. O., Callow, H. J., & Cook, D. A. (2015). The Effect of Internal Wave-Related Features on Synthetic Aperture Sonar. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 40(3), 621-631. doi:10.1109/joe.2014.2340351

Lyons, A. P., & Brown, D. C. (2013). The Impact of the Temporal Variability of Seafloor Roughness on Synthetic Aperture Sonar Repeat–Pass Interferometry. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 38(1), 91-97. doi:10.1109/joe.2012.2209231

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. 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 Eckernförde Bay. Continental Shelf Research, 18(14-15), 1807-1838. doi:10.1016/s0278-4343(98)00059-4

Lyons, A. P., Anderson, A. L., & Dwan, F. S. (1994). Acoustic scattering from the seafloor: Modeling and data comparison. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 95(5), 2441-2451. doi:10.1121/1.409854

Most Cited Publications