Dr. Derek 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

I am a broadly trained Physical Geographer with interests in fluvial geomorphology, and field applications of geospatial technologies. My research has investigated 1) the storage, transport, and geomorphic effects of wood in river channels; 2) erosion-induced organic carbon flux from the Andean páramo, 3) the geomorphic impacts of dam removal on southern Appalachian river systems and, 4) the fate of contaminated fluvial sediments in historic mining (Pb, Au) regions. My research has occurred across a wide range of river system types, from coastal plain blackwater rivers, to the steep headwater streams of the Southern Appalachians, to the crystal clear, swift-flowing rivers of the Ozarks, to the Andean Amazon headwaters of Peru and Ecuador. If you would like to learn more about my research, please click the link to my personal website at the top of this page.

Current Classes

  • GHY 1010 - Global Environmental Systems
  • GHY 3110 - Ecoregions and Dynamic Landforms
  • GHY 4820/5820 – Geographical Hydrology


Martin, D.J., Pavlowsky, R.T., Bendix, J., Dogwiler, T.,  Hess, J. 2021. Impacts of an extreme flood on large wood recruitment and transport processes. Physical Geography. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723646.2021.1980958

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, River System Dynamics; Geomorphology; Hydrology
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8905

Office address
Rankin Science West 375


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