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Michael O'Neal


My research seeks to explain how the Earth's surface is influenced by changes in climate and human activities over diverse timescales. Nearly all of my studies involve directly measuring properties of the Earth's surface and trying to understand how those properties are created by climatic, geologic, and anthropogenic processes. My research group collects data using a very wide range of techniques, including sophisticated laser mapping systems, remotely sensed imagery, and less sophisticated but useful field methods that include traditional instrument surveys. The basic research questions I address can be posed in many different settings. As a result, my publications encompass a wide spectrum of surficial environments including glaciers, beaches, river channels, and earthworks, in addition to publications that investigate changes in climatic processes such as temperature patterns and heat stress caused by landcover change.

Climatic Geomorphology

Rock Glaciers in the High Andes, Lichenometric Dating of Glacial Landforms, and Climate Landscape Interaction in the northern Cascade Range

Fluvial Geomorphology

Rates and Spatial Patterns of Riverbank Erosion


Earthwork Degradation and Contract Archaeology in Delaware


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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