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Chris Duncan

duncan@geo.umass.edu or telephone (413) 549-2052


Earth System Science, GIS, Remote Sensing


I trace my interests in geoscience research and education to several inspirational introductory courses and professors in Geology, Geography, and Physics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. After college, I taught high school earth science and physics and worked in software design and development for a number of years. In 1991 I started graduate work in Geological Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, studying the interactions of tectonics, topography, climate, and erosion in active mountain belts with Bryan Isacks. After completing my Ph.D. in 1997 I did post-doctoral research at Cornell's Theory Center before joining the faculty in Geosciences at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1998. Since 2004, I work as a GIS/RS/database/software consultant and maintain a connection with the department as an adjunct faculty member.

I study the interactions of tectonic, climatic, and erosional processes by examining their effects and dependencies on topography, particularly in active mountain belts such as the Himalayas and Andes. This work uses GIS, remote sensing, and numerical modeling methods to integrate and synthesize geologic, geophysical, climatic, hydrologic, and modeling data spanning a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. When pressed for a concise label, I've sometimes gone for "digital geomorphologist".

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Some diversions (things people have asked me for or about):


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Last updated 05-Mar-2005