Joe Mason

Geomorphology and Soils

Quaternary Environments and Landscape Evolution

Research and Teaching:

With my students and collaborators, I study loess (windblown dust), sand dunes, and soils, to understand how landscapes of the Great Plains, the Midwestern US, and northern China have evolved and responded to past environmental change. By understanding how landscapes and soils have changed in the past, and the processes involved, we can understand and predict their present and future response to rapidly changing climate and human impacts. Our methods include extensive field research, lab investigations of soil and sediment properties, GIS and remote sensing techiniques, and numerical modeling. I teach courses on these and other topics in the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Joe in the field


Twitter: @MoreorLoess

Current and Recently Completed Research Projects

Go to the Research page for more on projects in the Great Plains, the midwestern US, and northern China. Funding and project abstracts, project data and code.

Soil pit in northern Minnesota


Current course home pages are in UW Madison Canvas (enrolled students only). I teach Geog/Envirst 127 (Physical Systems of the Environment), Geog/Geosci 320 (Geomorphology), Geog 329 (Landforms and Landscapes of North America, Geog 342 (Geography of Wisconsin), Geog 344 (Changing Landscapes of the American West, and Geog 525 (Soil Geomorphology).

Geomorphology field trip

Also of Interest

The Also... page is a blog with posts on places I've been recently, research projects I'm following, the Ice Age Trail, and anything else of interest

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