College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Patrick Pease

  • Geography

    Other Faculty - Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geography


    I am a geomorphologist and my interests are primarily rooted in empirical field studies that have addressed topics in process geomorphology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and landscape development. Within this broad context my research revolves around two themes; 1) the movement of sediment through geomorphic environments, techniques for determining sediment movement, and what those data elucidate about the developmental history of a landscape, and 2) landscape evolution on a large scale and how landscape development is tied to regional events. Much of my research has involved the study of sediment transported by aeolian processes and the use of geochemical techniques to aid in understanding sediment sources and sinks. In spite of these basic themes, I find myself interested in many different aspects of geomorphology and have worked on a number of project in fluvial and karst environment.


    Ph.D. Texas A&M University
    M.A. Indiana State University
    B.S. Indiana State University

    Research Interests

    Aeolian and Coastal Geomorphology, Paleo-Environmental Reconstruction, Karst and Desert Landscapes

    Teaching Interests

    Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, Physical Geography, Research Methods

    Selected Publications

    Patrick Pease, 2013.  “Fused Glass Sample Preparation for Quantitative Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy of Geologic Materials”, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, 83/84: 37-49.

    Patrick Pease and Paul Gares, 2013.  “The Influence of Topography and Approach Angles on Local Deflections of Airflow within a Coastal Blowout”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38: 1160-1169.

    Patrick Pease, Scott Lecce, Paul Gares, Catherine Rigsby, 2007.  “Heavy metal contamination in sediment deposits on the Tar River floodplain following Hurricane Floyd”, Environmental Geology, 51(7): 1103-1111.

    Scott Lecce., Paul Gares, and Patrick Pease, 2007. Drainage ditches as sediment sinks on the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Physical Geography, 27(5):  447-463.  [2006 date but published in 2007]

    Scott Lecce, Patrick Pease, Paul Gares, Jingu Wang, 2006.  “Seasonal controls on sediment delivery in a small coastal plain watershed, North Carolina, USA”, Geomorphology, 73: 246-260. 

    Paul Gares, Michael Slattery, Patrick Pease and Jonathan Phillips, 2006. Eolian Sediment Transport on North Carolina Coastal Plain Agricultural Fields. Soil Science, 171(10): 784-799.

    Patrick Pease and Glen Gentry, 2004.  “Why Not in My Back Yard:  Field-Based Physical Geography Research in the Southeast”, Southeastern Geographer, 44: 15-26.

    Scott Lecce, Patrick Pease, Paul Gares, and Catherine Rigsby, 2004.  “Floodplain Sedimentation During an Extreme Flood:  The 1999 Flood on the Tar River, Eastern North Carolina”.  Physical Geography, 25 (4):  334-346.

    Patrick Pease, Paul Gares, and Scott Lecce, 2003.  “Eolian Dust Erosion From an Agricultural Field on the North Carolina Coastal Plain”, Physical Geography, 23 (5):  381-400.

    Patrick Pease and Vatche Tchakerian, 2003.  “Geochemistry of Sediments from Quaternary Sand Ramps in the Southeastern Mojave Desert, California”, Quaternary International, 104:  19-29.

     Patrick Pease, Scott Lecce, Paul Gares, & Mark Lange, 2002.  “Suggestions for Low-Cost Equipment for Physical Geography I:  Laboratory Equipment”, Journal of Geography, 101(4): 167-174.

    Patrick Pease, Scott Lecce, Paul Gares, & Mark Lange, 2002.  “Suggestions for Low-Cost Equipment for Physical Geography II:  Field Equipment”, Journal of Geography, 101(5): 199-206.

     Patrick Pease and Vatche Tchakerian, 2002.  “Composition and Sources of Sand in the WahibaSandSea, Sultanate of Oman”.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 92(3):  416-434.

    Mark Lange, Scott Lecce, & Patrick Pease, 2000.  “Sediment Storage and Drainage Ditch Excavation on the North CarolinaCoastal Plain:  A Case Study in PittCounty”, The North Carolina Geographer,8:  55-63.

    Patrick Pease, Gregory Bierly, Neil Tindale, & Vatche Tchakerian, 1999.  “Mineralogical Characterization and Transport Pathways of Dune Sand using Landsat TM Data, WahibaSandSea, Sultanate of Oman”, Geomorphology, 29:  235-249.

    Lawrence De Chant, Patrick Pease, & Vatche Tchakerian, 1999. “Modelling Alluvial Fan Morphology”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 24: 641-652.

    Neil Tindale & Patrick Pease, 1999.  “Aerosols over the Arabian Sea:  Atmospheric Transport Pathways and Concentrations of Dust and Sea Salt”, Deep Sea Research, 46: 1577-1596.

    Patrick Pease, Vatche Tchakerian, & Neil Tindale, 1997. “Aerosols Over the Arabian Sea: Geochemistry and Source Areas for Aeolian Desert Dust”, Journal of Arid Environments, 39: 477-496.

    Patrick Pease & Basil Gomez, 1995. “Landscape Development as Indicated by Basin Morphology and the Magnetic Polarity of Cave Sediments, Crawford Upland, South-Central Indiana”, American Journal of Science, 297: 842-858. 

    Patrick Pease, Basil Gomez, & Victor Schmidt, 1993. “Magnetostratigraphy of Cave Sediments, Wyandotte Ridge, Crawford County, Indiana:  Towards a Regional Correlation”, Geomorphology, 11:75-81.