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Dept. of Geol, Geog, & Physics

215 Johnson EPS Building

The Univ. of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN 38238-5039 USA



Associate Professor of Geography / The University of Tennessee at Martin

Topical Specializations and Research Interests
Physical geography, synoptic climatology, atmospheric teleconnections, 
climate variability, snow cover, remote sensing, geographic information systems

Regional Specializations
North America, Europe

Teaching Responsibilities

  • GEOG 151Regional Geography (United States, Canada, Europe, Russia)
  • GEOG 152 /  Regional Geography (Latin America, Africa, Asia)
  • GEOG 201 / Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 305 / Principles of Meteorology
  • GEOG 310 / Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GEOG 410 / GIS: Modeling and Applications
  • GEOG 364 / Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 472 / Climatology

Research Activities:

  • An analysis of Tennessee tornado activity and its relationship to preferred cyclone tracks, teleconnections, and topography

  • Climate Variability in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and finding teleconnection signals in the climate record (with Dr. Cahit Erkal of our department).

  • Developing a mesonet for West Tennessee

  • Developing a GIS for Reelfoot Lake

Academic Background

  • Ph. D. Geography, Indiana State University (2000)
  • Graduate Studies, Environmental Science, University of Virginia (1986)
  • M.S. Geography, Western Kentucky University (1985)
  • B. S. Geography, Western Kentucky University (1981)
  • A. S. Meteorology Technology, Western Kentucky University (1981)


  • United States - 44 of the 50 states, including Alaska

  • Canada - British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec

  • Europe - Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary  


  • Wife:  Julie, teaches special needs pre-school children in the Weakley County School System

  • Children:  Caitlin Elizabeth, 17, Mallory Ann,14, and Hannah Claire, 9

Personal Interests

Sunday School Teacher, Classical Music, Reading Historical Biographies, Spending Time with Family 

Last updated July, 2007