Derek J. Martin

Dr. Derek J. Martin, Assistant Professor

Rankin Science West 357                                                                                      828-262-8905                                                                                      


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


Curriculum Vitae




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

GHY1010 – Introduction to Physical Geography

GHY1012 – Global Change of the Biosphere

GHY/PLN 3800 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods



Martin, D.J., Pavlowsky, R.T., and Harden, C.P. 2016. Reach-scale characterization of fluvial wood in a mid-gradient, confined-meander 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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093237.

Lecce, S.A., Pavlowsky, R.T., Bassett, G.S., and Martin, D.J. 2012. Metal contamination from gold mining in the Cid District, North Carolina. Physical Geography 32 (5) 469-495.

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.

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) 503-522.