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Patricia A. Beddows

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Chair, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Associate Professor of Instruction
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Areas of Focus

  • Caves and karst systems 
  • Coastal geology and coastlines 
  • Sea level and climate change 
  • Groundwater supplies and contamination 
  • Early humans in North America


  • Karst and caves: hydrogeology, geochemistry, geomorphology and sedimentology 
  • Paleoenvironmental records of sea level, climate change and landscape evolution 
  • Applied research includes water resources, contaminant transport and geoarcheology 
  • Leadership in earth science education and program development 
  • Problem-based learning and education beyond the classroom