Alan F. Arbogast

Professor of Geography



Department of Geography

121 Geography Building

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI



I am the Chairperson of the Department of Geography at Michigan State University.  I am also a physical geographer and geomorphologist specializing on Late-Quaternary landscape evolution of eolian and fluvial environments. I obtained my PhD from the University of Kansas where I studied the geomorphology of the Great Bend Sand Prairie in the south-central part of the state. This work was supported with a NASA Global Climate Change Fellowship.  My current research is centered in Michigan, where I am working mostly on the geomorphic history of sand dunes, both in the interior of the state and along the shore of Lake Michigan. To date I have authored or co-authored numerous papers about these dunes in journals such as Aeolian Research, Geology, Quaternary Research, Journal of Arid Environments, and Geomorphology.  I have also worked some on the evolution of stream valleys in the state, specifically in the Manistee and Muskegon watersheds.  My work in Michigan has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Michigan.  I am a member of the Quaternary Landscapes Research Group at Michigan State University. Please visit this page to see who we are and the things we are doing. I am also a member of the Association of American Geographers, Geological Society of America, and American Quaternary Association. I authored the textbook Discovering Physical Geography, which is published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  This text is in its 2nd Edition and currently being used by over 60 colleges and universities around the country.


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