Welcome to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Windsor. Earth and environmental scientists study the composition and structure of Earth, the physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape our planet and environment, as well as the impact that humans have on the environment. Faculty research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences mostly falls into three main areas of interest: Geofluids, Geochemistry, and Environmental Geoscience.

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Submissions from 2017

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Implicit bias in letters of recommendation for an undergraduate research internship, Chris Houser and K. Lemmons

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Public perceptions of a rip current hazard education program: “Break the Grip of the Rip!”, Chris Houser, Sarah Trimble, Robert Brander, B. Chris Brewster, Greg Dusek, Deborah Jones, and John Kuhn

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Scale dependent behavior the foredune: Implications for barrier island response to storms and sea level rise, Chris Houser, Phil Wernette, and Bradley Weymer

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Phases of blowout initiation and stabilization on Padre Island revealed through ground-penetrating radar and remotely sensed imagery, M. Jewell, Chris Houser, and S. Trimble

Submissions from 2016

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Role of hydrodynamic factors in controlling the formation and location of unconformity-related uranium deposits: insights from reactive-flow modeling, Yousef Beiraghdar Aghbelagh and Jianwen Yang

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Deconstructing a polygenetic landscape using LiDAR and multi-resolution analysis, P. Barrineau, I. Dobreva, M.P. Bishop, and Chris Houser

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Alongshore Variation in the Depth of Activation: Implications of Oil Residence Time, P. Flores and Chris Houser

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Assessment of Rip-Current Hazards Using Alongshore Topographic Anisotropy at Bondi Beach, Australia, K. Hartman, S.M. Trimble, M.P. Bishop, and C. Houser

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Multi-Scale Topographic Anisotropy Patterns with Post-storm Barrier Island Recovery, Chris Houser, M.P. Bishop, and P.A. Wernette

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Pathways to the Geosciences through 2YR Community Colleges: A Strategic Recruitment Approach being used at Texas A&M University, Chris Houser, J. Nunez, and K.C. Miller

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Assessing Barrier Island Resiliency Through Multi-Scale Topographic Anisotropy Distribution Patterns, J.D. Lehner, P.A. Wernette, M.P. Bishop, and C. Houser

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Insights into the tectonic evolution of the North China Craton through comparative tectonic analysis: A record of outward growth of Precambrian continents, Ali Polat

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Lithological, structural, and geochemical characteristics of the Mesoarchean Târtoq greenstone belt, South-West Greenland, and the Chugach-Prince William accretionary complex, southern Alaska: Evidence for uniformitarian plate-tectonic processes, Ali Polat

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Lithospheric mantle xenoliths sampled by melts from upwelling asthenosphere: the Quaternary Tasse alkaline basalts of southeastern British Columbia, Canada, Ali Polat, Eyal Friedman, Derek J. Thorkelson, and Robert Frei

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Formation of the Neoarchean Bad Vermilion Lake Anorthosite Complex and Spatially Associated Granitic Rocks at a Convergent Plate Margin, Superior Province, Western Ontario, Canada, Ali Polat, Shuda Zhou, Fred J. Longstaffe, Kunguang Yang, Brian J. Fryer, and Chris Weisener

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Mapping and Mitigating the International Rip Current Health Hazard, Sarah Margaret Trimble and Chris Houser

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Updating the Framework Geology of Padre Island National Seashore: Validation of Geophysical Surveys through Sediment Cores, L.F. Tuttle, Phillipe Alan Wernette, and Chris Houser

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Team-Based Multidisciplinary Research Scholarship in the Geosciences, P.A. Wernette, Chris Houser, and C. Quick

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Framework Geology as a Driver of Barrier Island Evolution, Phillipe Alan Wernette, Chris Houser, B.A. Weymer, and M.P. Bishop

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An automated approach for extracting Barrier Island morphology from digital elevation models, P. Wernette, Chris Houser, and M.P. Bishop

Submissions from 2015

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The rip current hazard in Costa Rica, I. Arozarena, Chris Houser, A.G. Echeverria, and C. Brannstrom

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The Critical Zone of Coastal Barrier Systems, P. Barrineau, P. Wernette, B. Weymer, S. Trimble, and B. Hammond

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Geospatial Science and Technology for Understanding the Complexities of the Critical Zone, M.P. Bishop, I.D. Dobreva, and Chris Houser

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“Riding the rip”: an experiential and integrated human–physical geography curriculum in Costa Rica, C. Brannstrom and Chris Houser

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"You can't see them from sitting here": Evaluating beach user understanding of a rip current warning sign, C. Brannstrom, Brown H. Lee, Chris Houser, S. Trimble, and A. Santos

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A Summary and Future Direction of the Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone, J.R. Giardino and Chris Houser

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Introduction to the Critical Zone, J.R. Giardino and Chris Houser

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Characterizing instability of aeolian environments using analytical reasoning, Chris Houser, M.P. Bishop, and P. Barrineau

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Effectiveness of geosciences exploration summer program (GeoX) for increasing awareness and knowledge of geosciences, Chris Houser, S. Garcia, and J. Torres

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Alongshore correspondence of beach users and rip channels at Pensacola Beach, Florida, Chris Houser, T. Murphy, and D. Labude

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Post-storm beach and dune recovery: Implications for barrier island resilience, Chris Houser, P. Wernette, E. Rentschlar, H. Jones, and B. Hammond

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Forecasting the response of Earth's surface to future climatic and land use changes: A review of methods and research needs, J.D. Pelletier, Murray A. Brad, J.L. Pierce, P.R. Bierman, and D.D. Breshears

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A review of structural patterns and melting processes in the Archean craton of West Greenland: Evidence for crustal growth at convergent plate margins as opposed to non-uniformitarian models, Ali Polat

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Using Wavelet Decomposition to Assess the Development of Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, USA, P.A. Wernette, B.A. Weymer, Chris Houser, and M.P. Bishop

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GPR and EMI in Complex Environments: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Instruments, and Data Analysis, P. Wernette, B. Weymer, Chris Houser, and M. Bishop

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Review of electromagnetic induction for mapping barrier island framework geology, B.A. Weymer, M.E. Everett, Smet T.S. de, and Chris Houser

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Differentiating tidal and groundwater dynamics from barrier island framework geology: Testing the utility of portable multifrequency electromagnetic induction profilers, B.A. Weymer, M.E. Everett, Chris Houser, P. Wernette, and P. Barrineau

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Poststorm Evolution of Beach-Dune Morphology: Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, B.A. Weymer, Chris Houser, and J.R. Giardino

Submissions from 2014

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Perception of the rip current hazard on Galveston Island and North Padre Island, Texas, USA, C. Brannstrom, S. Trimble, A. Santos, H.L. Brown, and Chris Houser

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Assessment of student and faculty mentor perceptions of an international undergraduate research program in physical geography, Chris Houser, A. Cahill, and K. Lemmons

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Erosion and reorientation of the Sapodilla Cays, Mesoamerican Reef Belize from 1960 to 2012, Chris Houser, T. Dambrosio, C. Bouchard, W. Heyman, and K. Darbonne

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Influence of Blade Flexibility on the Drag Coefficient of Aquatic Vegetation, Chris Houser, S. Trimble, and B. Morales

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Initiation and evolution of blowouts within Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, M. Jewell, Chris Houser, and S. Trimble

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Spatial distribution of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) emergences along a highly dynamic beach in the northern Gulf of Mexico, M.M. Lamont and Chris Houser

Submissions from 2013

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Ability of beach users to identify rip currents at Pensacola Beach, Florida, N. Caldwell, Chris Houser, and K. Meyer-Arendt

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Alongshore variation in the morphology of coastal dunes: Implications for storm response, Chris Houser

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Flow Separation over a prograding beach step at Pensacola Beach, Florida, Chris Houser

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Nearshore circulation over transverse bar and rip morphology with oblique wave forcing, Chris Houser, R. Arnott, S. Ulzhöfer, and G. Barrett

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A tribute to the influence of Dr Robin Davidson-Arnott in coastal and aeolian geomorphology, Chris Houser and J. Ellis

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Beach and Dune Interaction, Chris Houser and J. Ellis

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Impacts of driving on the beach: Case studies from Assateague Island and Padre Island National Seashores, Chris Houser, B. Labude, L. Haider, and B. Weymer

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Role of the faculty mentor in an undergraduate research experience, Chris Houser, K. Lemmons, and A. Cahill

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Characterizing coastal dune blowouts using GPR in combination with LiDAR and air photos, M. Jewell, B. Weymer, Chris Houser, and M. Everett

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Characterizing coastal dune blowouts using GPR in combination with LiDAR and air photos, M. Jewell, B. Weymer, Chris Houser, M. Everett, and P. Barrineau

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Coastal marsh vegetation assemblages of Galveston Bay: Insights for the East Texas Chenier plain, J.S. Johnson, D.M. Cairns, and Chris Houser

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Impacts of Hurricane Ike on the beaches of the Bolivar Peninsula, TX, USA, D.J. Sherman, B.U. Hales, M.K. Potts, J.T. Ellis, and H. Liu

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Electronic Measurement Techniques for Field Experiments in Process Geomorphology, D.J. Sherman, Chris Houser, and A.C.W. Baas

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Characterization of aeolian streamers using time-average videography, D.J. Sherman, Chris Houser, J.T. Ellis, E.J. Farrell, and B. Li

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Using GPR and EM to characterize barrier island transgression along the Texas Coast, B.A. Weymer, P. Barrineau, Chris Houser, M. Everett, and M. Jewell

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Using GPR and EM to characterize barrier island transgression along the Texas coast, B. Weymer, P. Barrineau, Chris Houser, and M. Everett

Submissions from 2012

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Identifying hotspots of rip current activity using wavelet analysis at Pensacola Beach, Florida, G. Barrett and Chris Houser

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Extreme flows and unusual water levels near a Caribbean coral reef: Was this a case of a "perfect storm"?, T. Ezer, W.D. Heyman, Chris Houser, and B. Kjerfve

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Feedback between ridge and swale bathymetry and barrier island storm response and transgression, Chris Houser

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Short communication: High-frequency bed elevation measurements using ultrasonic distance sensors, Chris Houser

Submissions from 2011

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Modeling and observations of high-frequency flow variability and internal waves at a Caribbean reef spawning aggregation site, T. Ezer, W.D. Heyman, Chris Houser, and B. Kjerfve

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Sediment resuspension by vessel-generated waves along the Savannah River, Georgia, Chris Houser

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Alongshore variation in the rip current hazard at Pensacola Beach, Florida, Chris Houser, G. Barrett, and D. Labude

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Study Abroad Field Trip Improves Test Performance through Engagement and New Social Networks, Chris Houser, C. Brannstrom, S.M. Quiring, and K.K. Lemmons

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Alongshore variation in foredune height in response to transport potential and sediment supply: South Padre Island, Texas, Chris Houser and S. Mathew

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Soil moisture: A central and unifying theme in physical geography, D.R. Legates, R. Mahmood, D.F. Levia, T.L. DeLiberty, and S.M. Quiring

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Direct and indirect mortality in Florida during the 2004 hurricane season, N. McKinney, Chris Houser, and K. Meyer-Arendt

Submissions from 2010

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Alongshore variation in dune morphology and storm impact in national seashores depends on the correspondence of transport potential and sediment supply, Chris Houser

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Relative importance of vessel-generated and wind vaves to salt marsh Erosion in a restricted fetch environment, Chris Houser

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Divergent behavior of the swash zone in response to different foreshore slopes and nearshore states, Chris Houser and G. Barrett

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Sediment transport on roberts bank: A sandy intertidal flat on the fraser river delta, Chris Houser and P. Hill

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Wave attenuation across an intertidal sand flat: Implications for mudflat development, Chris Houser and P. Hill

Submissions from 2009

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Relative velocity of seagrass blades: Implications for wave attenuation in low-energy environments, K. Bradley and Chris Houser

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Geomorphological controls on road damage during hurricanes ivan and dennis, Chris Houser

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Synchronization of transport and supply in beach-dune interaction, Chris Houser

Bed elevation changes in the upper-swash zone, Chris Houser and G. Barrett

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Sensitivity of post-hurricance beach and dune recovery to event frequency, Chris Houser and S. Hamilton

Submissions from 2008

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Controls on coastal dune morphology, shoreline erosion and barrier island response to extreme storms, Chris Houser, C. Hapke, and S. Hamilton

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Posthurricane airflow and sediment transport over a recovering dune, Chris Houser, C. Hobbs, and B. Saari

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An Integrated GIS-Expert System Framework forLive Hazard Monitoring and Detection, James Dwight McCarthy, Phil Graniero, and Steven Rozic

Submissions from 2007

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Onshore migration of a swash bar during a storm, Chris Houser and B. Greenwood

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EOF analysis of morphological response to hurricane ivan, Chris Houser, S. Hamilton, K. Meyer-Arendt, and J. Oravetz

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EOF Analysis of Morphological Response to Hurricane Ivan, Chris Houser, Stuart Hamilton, Klaus Meyer-Arendt, and JonathanOravetz

Submissions from 2006

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Emergence and migration of a nearshore bar: Sediment flux and morphological change on a multi-barred beach in the Great Lakes, B. Greenwood, A. Permanand-Schwartz, and Chris Houser

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Divergent response of an intertidal swash bar, Chris Houser, B. Greenwood, and T. Aagaard

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Pollution in an urban Bayou: Magnitude, spatial distribution and origin, J. Liebens, C.J. Mohrherr, K.R. Rao, and Chris Houser

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Factors controlling tidal flat response to sea level rise: Roberts Bank, British Columbia, Canada, A. Shaw, D.G. Lintern, P.R. Hill, and Chris Houser

Submissions from 2005

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Climate memory and long-range forecasting of sea ice conditions in hudson strait, W.A. Gough and Chris Houser

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Hydrodynamics and sediment transport within the inner surf zone of a lacustrine multiple-barred nearshore, Chris Houser and B. Greenwood

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Profile response of a lacustrine multiple barred nearshore to a sequence of storm events, Chris Houser and B. Greenwood

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Factors Controlling Tidal Flat Response to Sea Level Rise: Roberts Bank, British Columbia, Canada, Alexandra Shaw, D. Lintern, Philip R. Hill, and Chris Houser

Submissions from 2004

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Analysis of velocity profile measurements from wind-tunnel experiments with saltation, B.O. Bauer, Chris Houser, and W.G. Nickling

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Backcasting and forecasting biological invasions of inland lakes, Hugh MacIsaac, Julianna Borbely, Jim Muirhead, and Phil Graniero

Submissions from 2003

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Section for Geography, Brian Greenwood, Chris Houser, Troels Aagaard, and Jørgen Nielsen

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Variations in Sea Ice in the Hudson Strait: 1971-1999, Chris Houser and W.A. Gough

Submissions from 2001

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The emission and vertical flux of particulate matter <10 >♂ from a disturbed clay-crusted surface, Chris Houser and W.G. Nickling