(Left: Angel's Landing, Zion Canyon:
Minnesota State students on the fall 2018 Geog 440/Geog
610 field excursion)
Skaftafellsjökull - Kristínartindar, Iceland)
is Phillip Larson (Phil) and I'm a geo-dad, outdoors
activities fanatic, mac and cheese zealot, Minnesota
sports and marvel/DC/star trek nerd, public lands
enthusiast, and earth scientist.
I am a Full Professor,
Director of Earth Science Programs, and founder of the AGES
(Archeology, Geography, Earth Science)(now EARTH Systems
Laboratory) at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. In
addition, I am graduate faculty at the University of
Minnesota in the Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences and member of the MNiMORPH research
group. If you would like to work with me, we have a M.S.
program in Geography at Minnesota State and a M.S. and Ph.D.
program at the University of Minnesota in Earth and
Environmental Sciences. If you're interested in working with
me as a graduate student, please send me an email
My professional life
revolves around taking part in scientific research with
incredible earth scientists. My goals as a scientist and
professor are to explore and investigate the landscapes of
our planet with an inquisitive eye aimed at understanding
process, form, and rates of change on the earth's surface.
Understanding how natural processes and phenomenon interact
with anthropogenic factors is crucial to this endeavor -
thus, I am an environmental scientist, too. In particular, I
focus on understanding "landscape evolution" primarily
through investigating geomorphic processes (fluvial,
aeolian, weathering, mass wasting, glacial, etc.) by using
the landforms and sedimentary deposits left behind as
markers of dynamic processes that shape the surface of our
planet. Not only do I look at these processes through the
geologic past, but also how they operate in the present.
Understanding these processes today and comparing to the
past is crucial to understand how humanity is impacted by
and influences the behavior of these natural systems.
Thus, my work commonly dovetails with research threads in
climate change, land-use, and natural hazards.
Ultimately, it boils down to a passion for
understanding the natural world and our place in it. That
passion leads me to want to educate and share my exciting
about our planet. For years to come, I hope to teach and
learn from a multitude of students as they become the new
scientists that shape our understanding of the world.
Phillip H. Larson, PhD
Director, Earth Science Programs
Minnesota State University, Mankato
University of Minnesota
Website (Personal): https://mavdisk.mnsu.edu/dj1515bb/geomorph/
Website (Research Group): https://mnimorph.science/
Minnesota State University
Earth Science Programs, Morris Hall 206
Mankato, MN, 56001
northeast Utah; Victoria Glacier, Alberta)