Research Areas

Earth, Environment, and Climate

The Department's physical geography research and teaching activities provide a solid foundation for the next generation of physical geographers to address current and future topics related to the physical earth, environment, and climate.

Physical geography researchers within the department also have strong collaborative ties and intellectual exchanges with other campus departments, including the Odum School of Ecology, Department of Geology, Department of Marine Sciences, Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science.

Human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles -- the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation -- of

Human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles -- the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation -- of

According to UGA geography professor John Knox, many climate scientists predict Georgia will suffer longer, drier and more frequent droughts in the future because of global warming. But even if that i

According to UGA geography professor John Knox, many climate scientists predict Georgia will suffer longer, drier and more frequent droughts in the future because of global warming. But even if that i

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The Earth and its environment represent a complex and dynamic system that has undergone change for millions of years. For most of this time, changes to Earth's physical environment could be attributed to natural processes, but in the era of human activity, anthropogenic processes have become more important. Current direction for earth and environmental research is (1) to study past, current, and future interactions among the continents, oceans, atmosphere, ice, and life; (2) to understand the relative roles of human-induced and natural processes in these interactions; and (3) to understand and predict changes in Earth's physical environment.

Physical geography is the study of the physical earth and encompasses spatial and temporal analyses of the physical and biological elements and processes that comprise the environment: air, water, energy, weather, climate, land, animals, and plants. The University of Georgia's Department of Geography has a strong emphasis in physical geography, as reflected by its research portfolio, faculty composition, and available resources. The Department's physical geography research and teaching activities provide a solid foundation for the next generation of physical geographers to address current and future topics related to the physical earth, environment, and climate. Broad research interests within the Department include (click on a topic for more information): (1) Paleo-Environments, (2) Geomorphic Systems, (3) Vegetation Dynamics and Ecological Modeling, (4) Cryosphere-Hydrosphere Processes, (5) Weather-Climate Processes and (6) Biogeography. The Department also offers a certificate program in Atmospheric Sciences.

These broader areas embody a larger array of research topics that, at times, enable interdisciplinary collaboration with Departmental colleagues in human geography and geographic information systems. Physical geography researchers within the Department also have strong collaborative ties and intellectual exchanges with other campus departments, including the Institute of Ecology, Department of Geology, Department of Marine Sciences, Department of Plant Biology, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science.

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Paleo-Environments (Publications)

  • Parker, K. C., D. W. Trapnell, J. L. Hamrick, W. C. Hodgson, and A. J. Parker, 2010. Inferring ancient Agave cultivation practices from contemporary genetic patterns. Molecular Ecology 19:1622-1637.
  • Miller, M. D., and K. C. Parker, 2009. The impacts of the Appalachian Mountains on the post-glacial migration pathways and gene flow of sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Physical Geography 30:89-104.

  • Moyes, H., Awe, J., Brook, G.A., Webster, J. , 2008. (2008). The ancient Maya drought cult: Late Classic cave use in Belize. Latin American Antiquity(in press)
  • Brook, G.A., Srivastava, P., Brook, F.Z., Robbins, L.H., Campbell, A.C., Murphy, M.L., 2008. OSL chronology from sediments and MSA artefacts at the Toteng quarry, Kalahari Desert, Botswana. South African Archaeological Bulletin(in press).

  • Robbins, L.H., Campbell, A.C., Murphy, M.L., Brook, G.A., Liang, F., Skaggs, S.A., Srivastava, P., Mabuse, A.A., Badenhorst, S., 2008. Recent archaeological research at Toteng, Botswana: Early domesticated livestock in the Kalahari. Journal of African Archaeology (in press).
  • Leigh, D.S., 2008. Late Quaternary climates and river channels of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA Geomorphology 101, 90-108

  • Gil-Romera, G., Scott, L., Marais, E., Brook, G.A., 2007. Late Holocene environmental change in the North-western Namib Desert margin: new fossil pollen evidence from hyrax middens. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 249: 1-17.
  • Webster, J.W., Brook, G.A., Railsback, L.B., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., Alexander, C., Reeder, P.P. , 2007. Stalagmite Evidence from Belize indicating significant droughts at the time of Preclassic Abandonment, the Maya Hiatus, and the Classic Maya Collapse. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 250:1-17.

  • Brook, G.A., Marais, E., Srivastava, P., Jordan, T., 2007. Timing of lake level changes in Etosha Pan, Namibia, since the middle Holocene from OSL ages of relict shorelines in the Okondeka region. Quaternary International 175: 29-40
  • Markwith, S. H., and K. C. Parker, 2007. Conservation of Hymenocallis coronaria genetic diversity in the presence of disturbance and a disjunct distribution. Conservation Genetics 8:949-963.

  • Parker, K., and S. Markwith, 2007. Expanding biogeographic horizons with genetic approaches. Geography Compass 1:246-274.
  • Leigh, D.S., 2006. Terminal Pleistocene Braided to Meandering Transition in Rivers of the Southeastern USA. Catena 66, 155-160.

  • Leigh, D.S. and Webb, P.W., 2006. Holocene Erosion, Sedimentation, and Stratigraphy at Raven Fork, Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Geomorphology 78, 161-177.
  • Brook, G.A., Srivastava, P., Marais, E. , 2006. Characteristics and OSL minimum ages of relict fluvial deposits near Sossus Vlei, Tsauchab River, Namibia, and a regional climate record for the last 30 ka. Journal of Quaternary Science 21: 347-362.

  • Srivastava, P, Brook, G.A., Marais, E. Morthekai, P., Singhvi, A.K. , 2006. Depositional environment and OSL chronology of the Homeb Silt deposits, Kuiseb River, Namibia. Quaternary Research 65: 478-491.
  • Brook, G.A., Ellwood, B.B., Railsback, L.B., Cowart, J.B. , 2006. A 164 ka record of environmental change in the American Southwest from a Carlsbad Cavern speleothem. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 237: 483-507.

  • Gil-Romero, G., Scott, L., Marais, E., Brook, G.A., 2006. Middle- to late-Holocene moisture changes in the desert of northwest Namibia derived from fossil hyrax dung pollen. The Holocene 16: 1079-1090.
  • Hodgins, G., Brook, G.A., Marais, E., 2006. Bomb-spike dating of a mummified baboon in Ludwig Cave, Namibia. International Journal of Speleology 36 (1): 31-38.

  • Srivastava, P., Brook, G.A., Marais, E. , 2005. Depositional environment and luminescence chronology of the Hoarusib River Clay Castles sediments, northern Namib Desert, Namibia. Catena 59: 187-204.
  • Robbins, L.R., Campbell, A.C., Murphy, M.L., Brook, G.A., Srivastava, P., Badenhorst, S. , 2005. The advent of herding in southern Africa: Early AMS dates on domestic livestock from the Kalahari Desert, Botswana. Current Anthropology 46 (4): 671-677.

  • Leigh, D.S., Srivastava, P., Brook, G.A, 2004. Late Pleistocene braided rivers of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews 23, 65-84.
  • Goman, M., Leigh, D.S., 2004. Wet early to middle Holocene conditions on the upper Coastal Plain of North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Research 61, 256-264.

  • Shaw, J.N., West, L.T., Bosch, D.D., Truman, C.C., and Leigh, D.S., 2004. Parent material influence on soil distribution and genesis in a Paleudult and Kandiudult (Southeastern USA) complex. Catena 57, 157-174.
  • Srivastava, P., Brook, G.A., Marais, E., 2004. A record of fluvial aggradation in the northern Namib Desert during the Late Quaternary. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F., Suppl.-Vol. 133: 1-18.

  • Scott, L., Marais, E., Brook, G.A., 2004. Fossil hyrax dung and evidence of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Vegetation types in the Namib Desert. Journal of Quaternary Science 19: 4p.
  • Ivester, A.H., and Leigh, D.S., 2003. Riverine Dunes on the Coastal Plain of Georgia, U.S.A. Geomorphology 51, 289-311.

  • Thomas, D., Brook, G., Shaw, P., Bateman, M., Haberyan, K., Appleton, C., Nash, D., Mclaren, S., Davies, F. , 2003. Late Pleistocene wetting and drying in the NW Kalahari: An integrated study from the Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. Quaternary International 104: 53-67.
  • Brook, G.A., Embabi, N. S., Ashour, M. M., Edwards, R. L., Cheng, H., Cowart, J. B., Dabous, A. A. , 2003. Quaternary environmental change in the Western Desert of Egypt: Evidence from cave speleothems, spring tufas, and playa sediments. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Suppl.-Vol. 131: 59-87

  • Brook, G.A., Robbins, L.H., Campbell, A.C., 2003. Forty thousand years of environmental change in the Kalahari as evidenced by sediments in the Depression Rock Shelter, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. Nyame Akume 59: 2-10.
  • Xiao, H., Brook, G.A., Lo, C.P., 2003. Evidence from satellite images of human-related environmental change in Guizhou Province, China, 1991-1998. Asian Geographer 22(1-2): 93-108.

  • Thomas, D., Brook, G., Shaw, P., Bateman, M., Haberyan, K., Appleton, C., Nash, D., Mclaren, S., Davies, F. , 2003. Late Pleistocene Wetting and Drying in the NW Kalahari: An Integrated Study from the Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. Quaternary International 104: 53-67.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2002. Anthropogenic landscape change in highland Ecuador. The Geographical Review 92(2):213-234.

  • Brook, G. A. , 2002. in ancient, reddened aeolian sands south of Mogadishu, Somalia. The Arab World Geographer 5(3): 141-155.
  • Brook, G.A., Embabi, N. S., Ashour, M. M., Edwards, R. L., Cheng, H., Cowart, J. B., Dabous, A. A. , 2002. Djara Cave in the Western Desert of Egypt: Morphology and evidence of Quaternary climatic change. Cave and Karst Science 29 (2): 57-66.

  • Ivester, A.H., Leigh, D.S., Godfrey-Smith, D.I., 2001. Chronology of inland eolian dunes on the Coastal Plain of Georgia, USA. Quaternary Research 55, 293-302.
  • Leigh, D.S, 2001. Buried artifacts in sandy soils: techniques for evaluating pedoturbation versus sedimentation. In (P. Goldberg, V. T. Holliday, R. Ferring, eds.), “Earth Science and Archaeology”, pp. 269-293, Plenum, New York.

  • Robbins, L.H., Murphy, M.L., Brook, G.A., Campbell, A.C., Melear, N., Downey, W.S., 2001. Late Quaternary archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from sediments at Rhino Cave, Tsodilo Hills, South African Field Archaeology 9: 17-31

Geomorphic Systems (Publications)

  • Carter, T., Jackson, C.R., Rosemond, A., Pringle, C., Radcliffe, D., Tollner, W., Maerz, J., and Leigh, D.S., In Press. Beyond the urban gradient: barriers and opportunities for timely studies of urbanization effects on aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society
  • Sarmiento, F. O., 2010. Geomorphology of natural and human disasters in Ecuador. Latrubese, E. (Editor). Natural Hazards and Human Exacerbated Disasters in Latin America. Vol. 13. Special Volumes in Geomorphology. Elsevier Science. pp-156-163

  • Walters, D.M., Roy, A.H., Leigh, D.S., 2009. Ecological indicators of macroinvertebrate and fish assemblage integrity in urbanizing watersheds. Ecological Indicators 9, 1222-1233
  • Markwith, S. H., L. J. Davenport, J. Shelton, K. C. Parker, and M. J. Scanlon, 2009. Ichthyochory, closure of the Suwannee Strait, and population divergence in Hymenocallis coronaria. Florida Scientist 72:28-36.

  • Leigh, D.S., 2008. Late Quaternary climates and river channels of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA Geomorphology 101, 90-108
  • Markwith, S.H. and Leigh, D.S., 2008. Subaqueous hydrochory: Open-channel hydraulic modeling of non-buoyant seed movement. Freshwater Biology 53, 2274-2286.

  • Leigh, D.S., 2006. Terminal Pleistocene Braided to Meandering Transition in Rivers of the Southeastern USA. Catena 66, 155-160.
  • Leigh, D.S. and Webb, P.W., 2006. Holocene Erosion, Sedimentation, and Stratigraphy at Raven Fork, Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Geomorphology 78, 161-177.

  • Price, K. and Leigh, D.S., 2006. Stream morphological and sedimentological response to human impact in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Geomorphology 78, 142-160.
  • Price, K. and Leigh, D.S., 2006. Comparative water quality of lightly and moderately impacted streams in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 120 (1-3), 269-300.

  • Price, K. and Leigh, D.S., 2006. Stream morphological and sedimentological response to human impact in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Geomorphology 78, 142-160.
  • Martin, J.K., Jackson, C.R., Leigh, D.S., West, L.T., 2005. Historical Agricultural Sediments in a Southeastern Piedmont River; a Multi Millenial Legacy. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 60, 298-310.

  • Walters, D.M., Freeman, M.C., Leigh, D.S., Freeman, B.J., Pringle, C.M., 2005. Effect of urbanization on fish assemblages and habitat quality in a Piedmont river basin. In (Brown, L.R., Ed.) “Urban Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems,” American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Leigh, D.S., Srivastava, P., Brook, G.A, 2004. Late Pleistocene braided rivers of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews 23, 65-84.

  • Shaw, J.N., West, L.T., Bosch, D.D., Truman, C.C., and Leigh, D.S., 2004. Parent material influence on soil distribution and genesis in a Paleudult and Kandiudult (Southeastern USA) complex. Catena 57, 157-174.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., E.O. Box & E. L. Usery., 2004. GIScience and tropical mountains: A challenge for geoecological research. Pp: 289-307. In: Bishop M.P. & J.F. Shroder Jr. (editors). Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology. Springer-Praxis Publishing Ltd.: Chichester, UK and Germany: 486pp.

  • Ivester, A.H., and Leigh, D.S., 2003. Riverine Dunes on the Coastal Plain of Georgia, U.S.A. Geomorphology 51, 289-311.
  • Roy, A.H., Rosemond, A.D., Paul, M.J., Leigh, D.S., and Wallace J.B., 2003. Stream macroinvertebrate response to catchment urbanization (Georgia, U.S.A.). Freshwater Biology 48, 329-34.

  • Roy, A.H., Rosemond, A.D., Leigh, D.S., Paul, M.J., and Wallace, J.B., 2003. Habitat-specific responses of stream insects to land cover disturbance: biological consequences and monitoring implications. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22, 292-307.
  • Walters, D.M., Leigh, D.S. and Bearden, A.B., 2003. Urbanization, Sedimentation, and Homogenization of fishes in the Etowah River Basin, Georgia Piedmont, USA. Hydrobiologia, 494, 5-10.

  • Walters, D.M., Leigh, D.S., Freeman, M.C., Freeman, B.J., and Pringle, C.M., 2003. Geomorphology and fish assemblages in a Piedmont river basin, USA. Freshwater Biology 48, 1950-1970.
  • Stallins, J.A., and A.J. Parker, 2003. The influence of complex systems interactions on barrier island dune vegetation pattern and process. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93:13-29.

  • Sarmiento, F.O. (editor)., 2003. Las Montañas del Mundo: Una prioridad global con perspectivas latinoamericanas. [Mountains of the World: A global priority with Latin American perspectives] Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito. 669pp.
  • Sarmiento, F.O. & L. Frolich., 2002. Andean cloud forest treelines: Naturalness, agriculture and the human dimension. Mountain Research and Development 22(3):278-287

  • Ivester, A.H., Leigh, D.S., Godfrey-Smith, D.I., 2001. Chronology of inland eolian dunes on the Coastal Plain of Georgia, USA. Quaternary Research 55, 293-302.
  • Leigh, D.S, 2001. Buried artifacts in sandy soils: techniques for evaluating pedoturbation versus sedimentation. In (P. Goldberg, V. T. Holliday, R. Ferring, eds.), “Earth Science and Archaeology”, pp. 269-293, Plenum, New York.

  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2001. In: Kapelle, M. & A. Brown. Bosques Nublados del Neotrópico. InBIO, San José, Costa Rica. 698pp. [Ecuador. In: Neotropical Cloud Forests] Ecuador. Pp 497-548.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2000. Human impacts in man-aged tropandean landscapes: Breaking mountain paradigms. Ambio 29(7): 423-431.

  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2000. Restoration of Andean Montane Forests for Conservation and Development. Pp. 59-69. In: Price, M. & N. Butt (editors). Forests in Sustainable Mountain Development: A State of Knowledge Report for 2000". IUFRO. CABI Publ. 590pp.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2000. Lexical and cognitive issues for mountain research: A need to understand Andean landscapes? Pp.-101-105. In: Debarbieux, B. & F. Guillet (editors). Mountain regions: A research subject?- International Mountain Research Workshop. Autrans. 234pp.

  • Sarmiento, F. & T. Wachs., 2000. Special Issue on cultural landscapes. Mountain Research and Development, 20(3).
  • Parker, K. C., and J. Bendix, 1996. "Landscape-scale geomorphic influences on vegetation patterns in four selected environments," Physical Geography 17:113-141.

  • Sarmiento, F. O., 1995. Restoration of Equatorial Andes: The challenge for conservation of tropandean landscapes. pp. 637-651 In: Biodiversity and conservation of Neotropical montane forests. Churchill, S., H. Balslev, E. Forero & J. Luteyn (editors). The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY: 702pp.
  • Sarmiento, F. O. , 1994. Human impacts on the cloud forests of the Upper Guayllabamba River, Ecuador. Ecological Studies, 110: 284-295.

  • Sarmiento, F. O., 1993. Human impacts on the cloud forests of the upper Guayllabamba river basin, Ecuador, and suggested management responses. pp. 183-190. In: Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. Hamilton, L., J.Juvik & F. Scatena (editors). The East West Center. Honolulu: 284pp.
  • Sarmiento, F. O., 1988. Expedición científica a la laguna de Puruhanta. [Scientific expedition to Puruhanta Lake] Revista Geográfica, 25:7-28.

  • Sarmiento, F. O., 1987. Antología Ecológica del Ecuador: desde la selva hasta el mar. Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana. [Ecological anthology of Ecuador: fromm the jungle to the sea] Quito. 382 pp.
  • Price, K., Jackson, C.R., Parker, A.J., . Variation in surficial soil hydraulic properties across land uses in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Submitted to Journal of Hydrology

Bio-Dynamics and Ecological Modeling (Publications)

  • Carter, T., Jackson, C.R., Rosemond, A., Pringle, C., Radcliffe, D., Tollner, W., Maerz, J., and Leigh, D.S., In Press. Beyond the urban gradient: barriers and opportunities for timely studies of urbanization effects on aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society
  • Albeke, S. E., Nibbelink, N. P., Mu, L., and Ellsworth, D. J., 2010. Measuring boundary convexity at multiple spatial scales using a linear "moving window" analysis: an application to coastal river otter habitat selection Landscape Ecology, 25(10), 1575-1587
  • Menhard, D. & F. Sarmiento. , 2010. Vulnerability of tropical mountain communities to global change:the case of Honduras Journal of Sustainability Education 1(1): 31-39
  • Mu, L. and J. Radke, 2009. A Weighted Difference Barrier Method in Landscape Genetics. Journal of Geographical Systems, 11(2), 141-154.
  • Walters, D.M., Roy, A.H., Leigh, D.S., 2009. Ecological indicators of macroinvertebrate and fish assemblage integrity in urbanizing watersheds. Ecological Indicators 9, 1222-1233
  • Miller, M. D., and K. C. Parker, 2009. The impacts of the Appalachian Mountains on the post-glacial migration pathways and gene flow of sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Physical Geography 30:89-104.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2008. Farmscape Transformation and Global Change in the Andes Pirineos 163
  • Kincaid, J.A. and A. J. Parker, 2008. Structural characteristics and canopy dynamics of Tsuga canadensis in forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains, U.S.A. Plant Ecology 199:265–280. (DOI 10.1007/s11258-008-9431-0)Read more
  • Markwith, S.H. and Leigh, D.S., 2008. Subaqueous hydrochory: Open-channel hydraulic modeling of non-buoyant seed movement. Freshwater Biology 53, 2274-2286.
  • Sarmiento, F.O. , 2008. Andes Mountains and Human Dimensions of Global Change: An Overview. Pirineos 163: 7-13.
  • Markwith, S. H., and K. C. Parker, 2007. Conservation of Hymenocallis coronaria genetic diversity in the presence of disturbance and a disjunct distribution. Conservation Genetics 8:949-963.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2007. Páramos de Costa Rica. (Book Review) Mountain Research and Development: 27(1): 95-97.
  • Price, K. and Leigh, D.S., 2006. Stream morphological and sedimentological response to human impact in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Geomorphology 78, 142-160.
  • Price, K. and Leigh, D.S., 2006. Comparative water quality of lightly and moderately impacted streams in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 120 (1-3), 269-300.
  • Walters, D.M., Freeman, M.C., Leigh, D.S., Freeman, B.J., Pringle, C.M., 2005. Effect of urbanization on fish assemblages and habitat quality in a Piedmont river basin. In (Brown, L.R., Ed.) "Urban Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems," American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Mitchener, L.J. and A.J. Parker, 2005. Climate, lightning, and wildfire in the national forests of the southeastern United States: 1989-1998. Physical Geography 26:147-162. Read more
  • Avery, C. R., S. Cohen, K. C. Parker, and J. S. Kush, 2004. "Spatial patterns of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) seedling establishment on the Croatan National Forest, North Carolina," Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science 120:131-142.
  • Dobbs, M.M., and A.J. Parker, 2004. Evergreen understory dynamics in Coweeta forest, North Carolina. Physical Geography 25:481-498. Read more
  • Box, E. O., 2004. Gross production, respiration, and biosphere CO2 fluxes under global warming. Tropical Ecology, 45:13-29.
  • Parker, K. C., and S. M. Jorgensen, 2004. The use of molecular markers in biogeographic research. Physical Geography 24:378-398 (part of a special issue, Genetic Applications in Biogeography).
  • Roy, A.H., Rosemond, A.D., Paul, M.J., Leigh, D.S., and Wallace J.B., 2003. Stream macroinvertebrate response to catchment urbanization (Georgia, U.S.A.). Freshwater Biology 48, 329-34.
  • Roy, A.H., Rosemond, A.D., Leigh, D.S., Paul, M.J., and Wallace, J.B., 2003. Habitat-specific responses of stream insects to land cover disturbance: biological consequences and monitoring implications. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22, 292-307.
  • Walters, D.M., Leigh, D.S. and Bearden, A.B., 2003. Urbanization, Sedimentation, and Homogenization of fishes in the Etowah River Basin, Georgia Piedmont, USA. Hydrobiologia, 494, 5-10.
  • Walters, D.M., Leigh, D.S., Freeman, M.C., Freeman, B.J., and Pringle, C.M., 2003. Geomorphology and fish assemblages in a Piedmont river basin, USA. Freshwater Biology 48, 1950-1970.
  • Stallins, J.A., and A.J. Parker, 2003. The influence of complex systems interactions on barrier island dune vegetation pattern and process. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93:13-29.Read more
  • Box, E. O., T. Nakashizuka, and A. Fischer (eds.) , 2002. Dynamics of Temperate Forests. Opulus Press, Uppsala. 148 pp.
  • Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, and D. H. McCay, 2002. "Geographic and ecological variation in seedling growth rates of sand pine (Pinus clausa)," Southeastern Geographer 42:20-28.
  • Sarmiento, F.O. & L. Frolich., 2002. Andean cloud forest treelines: Naturalness, agriculture and the human dimension. Mountain Research and Development 22(3):278-287
  • Naveh, Z., A. Lieberman, F. O. Sarmiento, C. Ghersa & R. León., 2002. Ecología de Paisajes. Teoría y Aplicación. Edición de estudiantes. Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, EUDEBA. [Landscape Ecology: theory and application. Students' edition] Argentina. 571pp.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2002. Impulsores de cambio del paisaje: dinámica de las líneas de árboles en la montología neotropical. [Drivers of landscape change: Treeline dynamics in neotropical montology] Ecotrópicos:15(2):129-146.
  • Sarmiento, F.O., 2002. Anthropogenic landscape change in highland Ecuador. The Geographical Review 92(2):213-234.
  • Sarmiento, F.O. & L. Frolich., 2002. Andean cloud forest treelines: Naturalness, agriculture and the human dimension. Mountain Research and Development 22(3):278-287
  • Pignatti, S., E. O. Box, and K, Fujiwara, 2002. Principles of vegetation science Annali di Botanica, DA II:31-58.
  • Crumpacker, D. W., E. O. Box, and E. D. Hardin, 2002. Use of plant climatic envelopes to design a monitoring system for biotic effects of climatic warming. Florida Scientist, 65:159-184.
  • Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, D. H. McCay, 2001. "Disturbance-mediated variation in stand structure between varieties of Pinus clausa (sand pine)," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91:28-47.
  • Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, T. D. Faust, and M. M. Fuller, 2001. "The effects of climatic variability on radial growth of two varieties of sand pine (Pinus clausa) in Florida, U.S.A., Annals of Forest Science 58:333-350.
  • Parker, K. C., J. L. Hamrick, A. J. Parker, and J. D. Nason, 2001. "Fine-scale genetic structure in Pinus clausa (Pinaceae) populations: Effects of disturbance history," Heredity 87:99-113.
  • McCay, D. H., and K. C. Parker, 2001. "The role of vegetation dynamics in Choctawhatchee sand pine invasion of longleaf pine forests," Physical Geography 22:467-482.
  • Crumpacker, D. W., E. O. Box, and E. D. Hardin, 2001. Implications of climatic warming for conservation of native trees and shrubs in Florida. Conservation Biology, 15(4):1008-1020.
  • Crumpacker, D. W., E. O. Box, and E. D. Hardin, 2001. Potential breakup of Florida plant communities as a result of climatic warming. Florida Scientist, 64:29-43.
  • Parker, A. J., K. C. Parker, and H. Wiggins-Brown, 2000. "Disturbance and scale effects on southern old-growth forests (USA): The sand pine example," Natural Areas Journal 20:273-279.
  • Sarmiento, F. & T. Wachs. , 2000. Special Issue on cultural landscapes Mountain Research and Development 20(3).
  • Myster, R. & F. O. Sarmiento. , 1998. Seed inputs to microsite patch recovery on two Tropandean landslides in Ecuador. Restoration Ecology, 6(1):1-10.
  • Parker, K. C., A. J. Parker, R. M. Beaty, M. M. Fuller, and T. D. Faust, 1997. "Population structure and spatial pattern of two coastal populations of Ocala sand pine (Pinus clausa (Chapm. ex Engelm.) Vasey ex Sarg. var. clausa D. B. Ward)," Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 124:22-33.
  • Conway, D. W., A. J. Parker, and K. C. Parker, 1997. "Understory light regime, shrub layer, and sand pine regeneration in four Florida scrub stands," American Midland Naturalist 138:84-96.
  • Sarmiento, F. O., 1997. Arrested succession in pastures hinders regeneration of Tropandean forests and shreds mountain landscapes. Environmental Conservation, 24(1):14-23.
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Department faculty members with interests in physical geography:

Box, Elgene O.

Professor

Research Interests

Vegetation Science, Ecology, Climatology, Global Change and Phytosociology

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Brook, George A.

Merle C. Prunty, Jr. Professor

Research Interests

Geomorphology, Karst, Geoarcheology and Quaternary Studies

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Grundstein, Andrew J.

Professor

Research Interests

Applied Climatology, Hydroclimatology, Cryospheric Studies

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Knox, John

Professor and ATSC Advisor

Research Interests

Dynamics of weather and climate, geoscience education, atmospheric hazards, satellite remote sensing applications and meteorological applications of social media data

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Leigh, David S.

Professor

Research Interests

Quaternary Studies, Geomorphology, Geoarcheology, Environmental, and Soils

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Mote, Thomas L.

Distinguished Research Professor, Associate Dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

Hydroclimatology, synoptic climatology/meteorology, applications of remote sensing in meteorology/climatology

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Porinchu, David

Associate Professor

Research Interests

biogeography, paleolimnology, paleoclimatology, water resources, climate change

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Sarmiento, Fausto O.

Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

Research Interests

Neotropical mountains, biogeography, political ecology and cultural landscapes

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Shepherd, J. Marshall

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor , Associate Head, Director for Program in Atmospheric Sciences

Research Interests

urban weather-climate, mesoscale weather processes, precipitation, tropical weather hazards, and satellite remote sensing

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