Derek J. Martin

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Education

Ph.D., Geography, University of Tennessee, 2014

M.S., Geospatial Science, Missouri State University, 2005

B.S., Biology (Ecology Concentration), Lake Superior State University, 2002 

Research Interests

Dr. Martin’s research interests are in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and stream-riparian zone interactions. Specifically, Dr. Martin’s research has investigated 1) the storage, transport, and geomorphic effects of wood loads in river channels; 2) the hydro-geomorphic regimes of streams draining the critically important páramo and puna ecosystems of the tropical Andes, 3) the fate of contaminated fluvial sediments in historic mining (Pb, Au) regions, and most currently, 4) the geomorphic impacts of dam removal on southern Appalachian river systems. His research has occurred across a wide range of river system types from the calm rivers of the North Carolina Piedmont, to the steep headwater streams of the Southern Appalachians, to the crystal clear, swift-flowing rivers of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks, to the headwaters of the Amazon River located in the Andes of south-central Ecuador and southern Peru. Methodologically, Dr. Martin incorporates a combination of traditional hydro-geomorphic field measurement and observation techniques with state of the art geo-computational analyses utilizing GIS, Remote Sensing, and R Statistical Computing Software. 

Current Classes

  • GHY 1010 – Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GHY 1012 – Global Change of the Biosphere
  • GHY/PLN 3800 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Publications

McDade, B., Martin, D.J., van de Gevel, S.L., and Mitchell, J. 2020. Impacts of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) on headwater stream large woody debris loads in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Southeastern Geographer, 60(1):65-86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/sgo.2020.0005

Martin, D.J., Ely, C.P., and Wemple, B.C. 2019. Bank erosion in an Andean páramo river system: Implications for hydro-development and carbon dynamics in the neotropical Andes. Journal of Mountain Science, 16(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-018-5110-3

Rose, L. D., Akob, D.M., Tuberty, S.R., Corsi, S.R., DeCicco, L.A., Colby, J.D., and Martin, D.J. 2019. Use of high through-put screening results to prioritize chemicals for potential adverse biological effects within a West Virginia watershed. Science of the Total Environment, 677(10):362-372. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.180

Ely, C.P. and Martin, D.J. 2018. Investigating the geomorphic characteristics of an Amazonian headwater stream draining a páramo ecosystem. Physical Geography. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723646.2018.1513289.

Martin, D.J., Tran, L., Harden, C.P., and Pavlowsky, R.T. 2018. Identifying controls on in-channel wood deposition locations in a midwestern river system. Progress in Physical Geography, 42(2):139-161.

Pavlowsky, R.T., Lecce, S., Owen, M., and Martin, D.J. 2017. Legacy sediment, lead, and zinc storage in channel and floodplain deposits of the Big River, Old Lead Belt mining district, Missouri, USA. Geomorphology, 299:54-75.

Martin, D.J., Pavlowsky, R.T., and Harden, C.P. 2016. Reach-scale characterization of large woody debris in a low-gradient, Midwestern USA river system. Geomorphology, 262:91-100.

Keck, B.P., Marion, Z.H., Martin, D.J., Kaufman, J.C., Harden, C.P., Schwartz, J.S., and Strange, R.J. 2014. Fish functional traits correlated with environmental traits in a temperate biodiversity hotspot. PLoS ONE 9(3):e93237.

Martin, D.J., and Pavlowsky, R.T. 2011. Spatial patterns of channel instability in an Ozark river, SW Missouri. Physical Geography, 32(5):445-468.

Lecce, S.A., Pavlowsky, R.T., Bassett, G.S., and Martin, D.J. 2011. Metal contamination from gold mining in the Cid District, North Carolina. Physical Geography, 32(5):469-495.

Pavlowsky, R.T., Lecce, S., Bassett, G. and Martin, D.J. 2010. Legacy Hg-Cu contamination of active stream sediments in the Gold Hill mining district, North Carolina. Southeastern Geographer, 50(4):503522.

Title: Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8905

Office address
Rankin Science West 375

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