Phillip Larson, Associate Professor | Director of Earth Science Programs | Graduate Coordinator

Address: 222G Morris Hall
Phone: 507-389-1259
Email: phillip.larson@mnsu.edu

Phil Larson's WEBSITE

UMN Earth Surface Group

 

PROFILE:
I was born in Red Wing, Minnesota, and was raised along the banks of the upper Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.  The geography of my upbringing resulted in a life-long interest in rivers and the landscapes they create and continuously transform.  This interest was energized as a child during family vacations to the canyons and incredible structural and erosional landscapes of the southwest United States.  Through these early experiences, a passion for understanding our world developed. When I entered my undergraduate pursuits, first at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (majoring in both Geography and Geology) and finishing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (major in Geography, minor in Geology), I continued to grow this passion by committing to life-long academic pursuits in Earth Science.  I continued these academic pursuits into graduate work (both Masters and Ph.D.) at Arizona State working with my advisor, Dr. Ron Dorn, and Dr. Mark Schmeeckle.  Today, I consider myself an Earth Scientist, but more specifically, a Geomorphologist. I now serve as Earth Science Director, Geography Graduate Program Coordinator, and EARTH Systems Laboratory Co-Director in my duties as Associate Professor at Minnesota State, Mankato, in the Department of Geography.  I am also Graduate Faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where I work closely with Dr. Andrew Wickert and his Earth Surface group.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Fluvial geomorphology and drainage basin evolution, transverse drainage processes, landscape evolution and paleoenvironmental/paleogeographic change, arid/desert geomorphology, aeolian geomorphology, granitic and volcanic landscapes, natural hazards/disasters

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
Oh, J.S., Seong, Y.B.,Larson, P.H., Hong, S.C., Yu, B.Y. (2019). Asymmetric hillslope retreat on Rock Peak, San Tan Mountains, Arizona, USA: Assessing caprock lithology control on landscape evolution. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1624421

Donovan, M., Belmont, P., Notebaert, B., Coombs, T., Larson, P.H., Souffront, M. (2019). Accounting for uncertainty in measurements of river channel migration. Earth Science Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.04.009

Schaetzl, R., Larson, P.H., Faulkner, D.J., Running, G.L., Jol, H.M., and Rittenour T. (2017).  Eolian sand and loess deposits indicate west-northwest paleowinds during the Late Pleistocene in western Wisconsin, USA. Quaternary Research. 89: 769-785. DOI: 10.1017/qua.2017.88

Larson, P.H., Meek, N., Dorn, R.I., Douglass, J., Seong, Y.B., (2016). How Rivers Cross Mountains. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI:  10.1080/24694452.2016.1203283 

Larson, P.H., Kelley, S., Dorn, R.I., Seong Y.B. (2016). Pace of Landscape Change in the northeastern Sonoran Desert, United States. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1201420 

G.K. Gilbert Award Recipient - American Association of Geographers Geomorphology Specialty Group

Faulkner, D., Larson, P.H., Jol, H.M., Running, G.L., Loope, H.M., and Goble, R.J. (2016). Autogenic Incision and Terrace Formation Resulting from Abrupt Late-Glacial Base-Level Fall, Lower Chippewa River, Wisconsin, USA. Geomorphology.266: 75-95.  DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.04.016

Larson, P.H. and Dorn, R.I. (2014). Strath Development in Small Arid Watersheds: Case Study of South Mountain, Sonoran Desert, Arizona. American Journal of Science. 314: 1202-1223. 

 

COURSES TAUGHT:
Undergraduate

  • Geography 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography (in-person and online)
  • Geography 313 - Natural Disasters (in-person and online)
  • Geography 315 – Geomorphology
  • Geography 409 - Water Resources
  • Geography 415 - Earth Surface Processes
  • Geography 416 - Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology (Writing Intensive)
  • Geography 417 - Quaternary Environments and Climate Change
  • Geography 440 - Field Methods
  • Geography 440 - Desert Southwest/National Parks of the Southwest

Graduate

  • Geography 509 - Water Resources
  • Geography 515 - Earth Surface Processes
  • Geography 516 - Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology
  • Geography 517 - Quaternary Environments and Climate Change
  • Geography 540 - Field Methods
  • Geography 610 – Advanced Geomorphology
  • Geography 610 - Desert Geomorphology
  • Geography 610 - Arid Environments
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