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Department of Geography


Dr. Adriana E. Martinez

Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2013

Assistant Professor - Physical geography, fluvial geomorphology, riparian zones, GIS

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Rivers have always been a part of my life and their constant motion has always soothed and intrigued me.  I grew up in Texas with a little creek running through our property and in a town along the Rio Grande.  As an undergraduate, I realized geography was a unique subject because I could study both human impacts on rivers and how rivers influence human life. Rivers shape the landscape in unique and beautiful ways and provide habitat for a variety of organisms from vegetation to fish. Today, I use field methods and GIS to study how human impacts and vegetation can change river channel form and alter sediment transport.

Selected Publications:

Martinez, Adriana E. and Walther, Rachel.. 2018. “Approaches to Stream Restoration: Practices in Missouri and Illinois,” Illinois Geographer, 59 (1): 67-100.

AP GIS&T Study Group.* 2018. “Bridging High School and Introductory Undergraduate Courses in Geographic Information Science and Technology,” Journal of Geography, 0: 1-9.

  • *AAG Study Group for AP GIS&T included: Alqvist, O, Cassetta, D., Housel, J., Huyn, Niem, Keen, J., Luebbering, C., Martinez, A.E., Shultz, R., and Solem, M.

Guehlstorf, Nicholas P. and Martinez, Adriana E. “Threats to Wetlands without Federal Protections: State Reactions to Conserving Seasonal Wetlands along the Mississippi River,” Conservation and Society, Accepted.

Martinez, Adriana E., Adeyemo, Ayomipo, and Walther, Suzanne C.  2018 “Riparian Vegetation and Digitized Channel Variable Changes After Stream Impoundment: The Provo River and Jordanelle Reservoir.” International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 9 (1).

Martinez, Adriana E. 2017. “Sensitivity of Modeled Channel Hydraulic Variables to Invasive and Native Riparian Vegetation,” International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 8 (4).

Martinez, Adriana E. and McDowell, Patricia F., 2016. “Invasive Reed Canarygrass (P. arundinacea) and Native Vegetation Channel Roughness” Invasive Plant Science and Management, Vol 9 (1). 

Martinez, Adriana E., Hardwick, Susan H., 2010. Building Fences: Undocumented Immigration and Identity in a Small Border Town.  Focus on Geography, 52 (3-4) 48-55.

Martinez, Adriana E., Williams, N.A., Metoyer, S.K., Morris, J. N., Berhane, S.A., 2009.  A Geospatial Scavenger Hunt.  Science Scope.  32(6) 48-53.

Chin, Anne, Laurencio, Laura, and Martinez, Adriana E., 2008. The Hydrologic Impacts of Small- and Medium-sized  Dams. The Professional Geographer. 60(2) 238-251.

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