Derek J. Martin

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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

My primary research focus is on river system dynamics. I am particularly interested in the application of geospatial technologies, such as GIS and Remote Sensing, to the identification and analysis of longitudinal patterns in rivers, and linking those patterns with fluvial process and human impact. My most recent research looks at the large-scale depositional patterns of fluvial wood, and the extent to which fluvial wood serves as a sediment storage mechanism in low-gradient river systems. I have also been involved with research in the Missouri Ozarks region, and the North Carolina Piedmont region that looked at the longitudinal dispersal trends of lead- and mercury- contaminated sediments from historical mining activities. 

Current Classes

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


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:

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:

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:

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

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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