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Dr. Todd Grote

Life Sciences 151
Phone: (812) 941-2077

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Hello and welcome to my page!  I am a Quaternary scientist with diverse research interests grounded in some combination of hydrology, geomorphology, sedimentary geology, climatology/meteorology, ecology/biogeography, soil science and archaeology. The path I have taken to where I am today is rather meandering (no pun intended).  I completed my Ph.D. in Geology, with foci in Quaternary and sedimentary geology, at West Virginia University in 2006. 

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Geology - Quaternary and Sedimentary Geology foci
  • Masters

    • Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, United States
    • Masters of Science, Major in Applied Meteorology (Geosciences)
  • Masters

    • Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
    • Masters of Science, Major in Geoenvironmental Studies
  • Bachelors

    • Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, United States
    • Bachelors of Science, Major in Environmental Analysis and Planning (Geography), Minor in Biology

Professional Interests



Climate Change



Glacial and Quaternary Geology

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy



My primary research interests include - (1) fluvial and hydrologic responses to climate variability and change; (2) glacial geology, geomorphology and hydrology; (3) Quaternary paleoclimatology, paleoecology and landscapes; AND (4) the geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology of river valleys.  Recently, I have shifted much of my research focus towards interdisciplinary projects related to archaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human-environment relationships.  That being said, my current projects are interdisciplinary in nature and include:

Late Quaternary paleoclimatology, paleoenvironments and Paleoindian archaeology of the Great Lakes Region.

Quaternary glaical and nonglacial stratigraphy, paleoenvironments and landscape evolution of the Ohio River Basin. 

Geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology and human-environment interactions within river valleys and formerly glaciated landscapes of the eastern United States.

Floods, paleofloods and paleoenvironmental history of the karstic Greenbrier River Basin, West Virginia.

Neoglacial to present glacier response to climate in southern Alaska.


Journal Articles

  • Grote, T.. (2021). A synoptic climatology of rain-on-snow flooding in Mid-Atlantic Region using NCEP/NCAR Re-Analysis compositing. Physical Geography, 42 (5), 452-471.
  • Grote, T.. (2019). Floodplain stratigraphy and geomorphology in formerly glaciated Northwestern Pennsylvania. Middle States Geographer, 52 (n/a), 1-13.
  • Grote, T. and E. Straffin. (2019). Analysis of Late Wisconsinan ice-marginal environments in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geographer, v.17 (1), p. 17-33.
  • Grote, T.. (2019). Evolution of mantled karst along the Blue Ridge-Great Valley margin, USA: An example of subsidence-related sediment accumulation and possible preservation. Acta Carsologica, 48 (3), 283-294.
  • Griggs, C., D. Peteet, B. Kromer, T. Grote, and J. Southon. (2017). A tree-ring chronology and paleoclimate record for the Younger Dryas-Early Holocene transition from northeastern North America. Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 32 (3), p. 341-346.
  • Grote, T.. (2017). Hydroclimatological identification of flood seasonality and generating mechanisms in the upper Allegheny River Basin. Middle States Geographer, v.50 (1), p. 74-81.
  • Grote, T.. (2017). Surficial processes and stratigraphy of alluvial fans along the Blue Ridge-Great Valley border, Central Appalachians. Southeastern Geology, 52 (3), 157-177.
  • Grote, T. and A. Myers. (2012). Preliminary alluvial geoarchaeology of 36FO66 (Indian Camp Run II), Forest County, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Archaeologist, 82 (n/a), 32-46.
  • Grote T. and J. S. Kite. (2010). Geomorphology and pedology of a mixed alluvial-colluvial fill deposit in central West Virginia: New insight into Appalachian landscape evolution. Southeastern Geology, 47 (1), 27-39.

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