Dr. David Shonting

14596 Glen Eden Dr
Naples, FL 34110
Phone: 239 431 6339
Fax: 239 431 6339

Dr Shonting is a professor of oceanography, author,lecturer, and research scientist of 35 years [Doctorate is from MIT]. He has served as Admiralty expert consultant and witness related to:Vessel groundings,At-sea accidents,harbor mooring systems,Instrumentation,Depth finders,Env.Impact Statements,Nuclear plant cooling effects,Wave/Hurricane damage,Tides,Waste dumping disposal,Permits and Environmental Protection. He has conducted research for Woods Hole,US Navy [Newport, RI],USCG,COE,EPA,NATO [Italy] and URI. He has long experience aboard ocean reseach vessels and as a sailor/navigator on ocean races. He has specialized in wave/hurricane effects, coastal surveys,beach erosion,harbor moorings,oil spills,environmental pollution and instrumentation. Dr Shonting has authored some 120 papers/reports/chapters and is currently writing a book on Tsunamis.


Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Geophysical Union
American Association of Limnology and Oceanography
American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science.
Secretary of Section: Atmospheric/Oceanic Sciences
Marine Technology Soc. New England Section
President, Vice President
Com. Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea,Monaco
Tech. Advisor Charlotte Harbor[FL] National Estuary Prog.
Union of Concerened Scientists

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Lecturer: Physical Oceanography -Ocean Engineering, Northeastern Univ, Boston, Southeastern Mass. Univ, Dartmouth, MA, and Salve Regina Univ. Newport,RI
Professor [Adjunct] Graduate School of Oceanography and Dept./ Ocean Engineering 1966-present. Lecturer on Oceanography,Tsunamis, Pollution, Red Tides

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: About twenty five different Admiralty cases or hearings between 1960 and 2009

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Oceanography, Environmental effects, Harbors - moorings, design, Wave effects, reconstruction of entire [NJ] boating accident scenario of physical conditions, tides, currents, assessing capability of captains judgement. assessing accuracy of bathymetric charts of Brazilian/US Hydrographic services. Assessing effects of harbor facilites on bottom environment, biota, and erosion conditions, tanker groundings, oil spills, and pollution effects from discharge materials.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: ~ 30%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: ~ 70%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Four

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 1998

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: For all cases to my knowledge.

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Eight

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Thirty two

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: All of the above. Testing Acoustic sounding equipment, evaluating data quality, reconstructing navigation and grounding incidents, site inspections and reports. Assessing depth finding equipment, Chart construction.Use of Side scan sonar systems for search and surveys. Willing to travel, Fluent in English, Italian, Working knowledge of French, German, and some Russian.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $130/hour

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $ 95/hour

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $160/hour

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $225/hour

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All of the above.


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