Texas Tech University

Physical Geography

physical.jpgDepartment research in physical geography is largely focused on the geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands, with a partricular emphasis on aeolian processes. Other important areas of research include planetary geomorphology, biogeography, paleoecology and applied climatology.

Field research is strongly encouraged and the department is well-equiiped to undertake studies that utilize remote sensing and GIS.

Related research in the department includes:


Dr. Guofeng Cao, applications of GIS and spatial statistics in physical geography.

Dr. Jeff Lee, geomorphology, aeolian processes, arid lands.

Dr. Kevin Mulligan, geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands, GIS.

Faculty Collaborators

Dr. David Leverington (geology), planetary geomorphology, remote sensing.

Dr. Seiichi Nagihara (geology), applications of LiDAR to study arid landforms, GIS.

Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu (geology), structural and tectonic evolution of terrestrial landforms

Dr. Jennifer Vanos (atmospheric science), applied climatology, air pollution, human biometeorology.

Research and Teaching Facilities


  • GEOG 1401 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 3310 Environmental Change
  • GEOG 3335 Field Seminar in Physical Geography
  • GEOG 3353 Man, Resources and Environment
  • GEOG 4301 Geomorphology in Environmental Management
  • GEOG 4321 Biogeography
  • GEOG 4357 Geography of Arid Lands
  • GEOG 5304 Advanced Physical Geography
  • GEOG 5306 Seminar in Geography of Arid Lands