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Dr. Mark Lord

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources
Professor, Geology


Phone: 828-227-2271
Office Address: Stillwell 307

Areas of Interest:

"My research focuses mostly on environmental hydrology, especially to understand the mutual interactions of landscapes, streams, groundwater, ecosystems, and people. I’m also involved in studies of catastrophic floods at the end of the last Ice Age, soil erosion and sedimentation, and geoscience education."


  • Geol 302: "Geomorphology"
  • Geol 305: "Soils & Hydrology"
  • Geol 405: "Hydrogeology"
  • EnvSci 150: "Introduction and Approaches to Environmental Science"
  • Field trip and undergraduate research courses


  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota, 1988
  • M.S. University of North Dakota, 1984
  • B.S., State University of New York, 1981

Recent Publications and Presentations (students underlined):

Lord, M.L., Germanoski, D., and Allmendinger, N.E., (accepted, expected publ. Fall 2008), Fluvial geomorphology: monitoring stream systems in response to a changing environment, in Young, R., ed., Geologic Monitoring Manual, Geological Society of America.

Tennant, Christopher, Lord, Mark, and Miller, Jerry, 2008, Hydrological and meterological controls on water quality, Allens Creek, North Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40.

Kehew, A.E., Lord, M.L., Kozlowski, A.L., and Fisher, T., (accepted, expected publ. Spr. 2009), Proglacial megaflooding along the margins of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, In Burr, D.M., Baker, V.R., and Carling, P.A., eds., Megaflooding on Earth and Mars: Cambridge University Press.

Kehew, A.E., Lord, M.L., and Kozlowski, A.L., 2007, Glacifluvial Landforms of Erosion, In Scott A. Elias, Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, p. 818-831.

Peterson, V., Lord, M.L., and Vandervoort, K., 2007, Establishment of an investigative curricular approach across the geology and physics programs at Western Carolina University and implementation at other institutions, In Karukstis, K.K. and Elgren, T.E., editors, Developing and sustaining a research-supportive curriculum: a compendium of successful practices, Council on Undergraduate Research, p. 425-448.

Baker, G.S., Sturtevant, K.A., Lord, M., Miller, J., Jewett, D., Germanoski, D., and Chambers, J., 2007, Utilizing multiple geophysical techniques to analyze hydrologic controls on riparian meadow complexes in the central Great Basin, NV; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, no. 6.

Lord, M., Jewett, D., Miller, J., Germanoski, D., Chambers, J., Sturtevant, K., and Baker, G., 2007, Hydrology of central Great Basin Meadow Ecosystems – Effects of Stream Incision: Abstract Volume, Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, Reno, Nevada.

Yurkovich, S.P., and Lord, M.L., 2006, Designing a curriculum around undergraduate research: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 38.

Tennant, C., Morgan, V., Means, C., Lord, M.L., Jewett, D.G., and GBEMP Research Group, 2006, Hydrogeologic setting and characteristics of riparian meadow complexes in the mountains of central Nevada: a case study: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 38.

Jackson, B., Means, C., Morgan, V., Perkinson, P., Sheehan, T., Tennant, C., and Lord, M.L., 2006, Analysis and development of a monitoring proposal for the potential removal of a low-head dam: a case study of the Dillsboro Dam, western North Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs Vol. 38.

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