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

Dr. Ardon-Dryer, atmospheric sciences.

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

Research and Teaching Facilities


  • GEOG 1401 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 3310 Environmental Change
  • GEOG 4335 Field Seminar in Physical Geography
  • GEOG 3353 Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOG 3355 Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • 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