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Dr. Karl WegmannAssociate Professor
2123 Jordan Hall
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B.A., Geology, Whitman College, 1996

M.S., Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, 1999

Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, 2008

My teaching and research interests include the fields of geomorphology, active tectonics, geodynamics, paleoseismology, paleoclimatology, and biogeomorphology. I approach research problems in a field-based, process-oriented, multidisciplinary manner. My research addresses questions such as:

  • How do landscapes respond to tectonic and climatic forcing, and are there distinct topographic, erosional, stratigraphic, and bio-genetic signatures of these forces?
  • How do human modifications of the landscape compare in magnitude to pre-human conditions?
  • What conspiracy of geologic, seismologic, and climatic factors is important to the initiation of large, deep-seated bedrock landslides? Within a given region is the timing of landslide movement clustered or scattered?

Dr. Wegmann teaches classes in introductory and advanced Geomorphology, Earth Surface Processes, Active Tectonics, and Field Geology.

I am actively recruiting motivated graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in conducting fluvial, tectonic, and anthropogenic-related geomorphology thesis research projects.

Gallen, S.F., and Wegmann, K.W., 2015, Exploring the origins of modern topographic relief in the southern Appalachians: An excursion through the transient landscape of the Cullasaja River basin, North Carolina, in Holmes, A.E., ed., Diverse Excursions in the Southeast: Paleozoic to Present, Volume 39: Boulder, Geological Society of America, p. 145-168.

Gallen, S.F., Wegmann, K.W., Bohnenstiehl, D.R., Pazzaglia, F.J., Brandon, M.T., and Fassoulas, C., 2014, Active simultaneous uplift and margin-normal extension in a forearc high, Crete, Greece: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 398, p. 11-24.

Runnels, C., DiGregorio, C., Wegmann, K.W., Gallen, S.F., Strasser, T.F., and Panagopoulou, E., 2014, Lower Palaeolithic artifacts from Plakias, Crete: Implications for Hominin Dispersals: Eurasian Prehistory, v. 11, p. 129-152.

Gallen, S. F., Wegmann, K. W., and Bohnenstiehl, D. R., 2013, Miocene rejuvenation of topographic relief in the southern Appalachians: GSA Today, v. 23, no. 2, p. 4-10.

Lyons, N.J., Mitasova, H., and Wegmann, K.W., 2014, Improving mass-wasting inventories by incorporating debris flow topographic signatures: Landslides, v. 11, p. 385-397.

Starek, M. J., Mitasova, H., Wegmann, K. W., and Lyons, N., 2013, Space-Time Cube Representation of Stream Bank Evolution Mapped by Terrestrial Laser Scanning: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE, v. PP, no. 99, p. 1-5.

Wegmann, K. W., Bohnenstiehl, D. R., Bowman, J. D., Homburg, J. A., Windingstad, J. D., and Beery, D., 2012, Assessing Coastal Landscape Change for Archaeological Purposes: Integrating Shallow Geophysics, Historical Archives and Geomorphology at Port Angeles, Washington, USA: Archaeological Prospection, v. 19, no. 4, p. 229-252.

Wegmann, K. W., Lewis, R. Q., and Hunt, M. C., 2012, Historic mill ponds and piedmont stream water quality: Making the connection near Raleigh, North Carolina, in Eppes, M. C., and Bartholomew, M. J., eds., From the Blue Ridge to the Coastal Plain: Field Excursions in the Southeastern United States: Geological Society of America Field Guide 29: Boulder, Geological Society of America, p. 93-121.

Gallen, S. F., Wegmann, K. W., Frankel, K. L., Hughes, S., Lewis, R. Q., Lyons, N., Paris, P., Ross, K., Bauer, J. B., and Witt, A. C., 2011, Hillslope response to knickpoint migration in the southern Appalachians: Implications for the evolution of post-orogenic landscapes: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 36, p. 1254-1267.

Strasser, T. F., Runnels, C., Wegmann, K., Panagopoulou, E., McCoy, F., Digregorio, C., Karkanas, P., and Thompson, N., 2011, Dating Palaeolithic sites in southwestern Crete, Greece: Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 26, no. 5, p. 553-560.

Frankel, K. L., Wegmann, K. W., Bayasgalan, A., Carson, R. J., Bader, N. E., Adiya, T., Bolor, E., Durfey, C. C., Otgonkhuu, J., Sprajcar, J., Sweeney, K. E., Walker, R. T., Marstellar, T. L., and Gregory, L., 2010, Late Pleistocene slip rate of the Höh Serh–Tsagaan Salaa fault system, Mongolian Altai and intracontinental deformation in central Asia: Geophysical Journal International, v. 183, no. 3, p. 1134-1150.

Eppes, M. C., McFadden, L. D., Wegmann, K. W., and Scuderi, L. A., 2010, Cracks in desert pavement rocks: Further insights into mechanical weathering by directional insolation: Geomorphology, v. 123, no. 1-2, p. 97-108.

Wegmann, K. W., and Pazzaglia, F. J., 2009, Late Quaternary fluvial terraces of the Romagna and Marche Apennines, Italy: Climatic, lithologic, and tectonic controls on terrace genesis in an active orogen: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 28, no. 1-2, p. 137-165.

Wegmann, K. W., Zurek, B. D., Regalla, C. A., Bilardello, D., Wollenberg, J. L., Kopczynski, S. E., Ziemann, J. M., Haight, S. L., Apgar, J. D., Zhao, C., and Pazzaglia, F. J., 2007, Position of the Snake River watershed divide as an indicator of geodynamic processes in the greater Yellowstone region, western North America: Geosphere, v. 3, no. 4, p. 272-281.

Wegmann, K. W., and Pazzaglia, F. J., 2002, Holocene strath terraces, climate change, and active tectonics: The Clearwater River basin, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 114, no. 6, p. 731-744.


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