Highlights & Reminders

The faculty in Geography-Earth Science wish all of you a productive and safe summer!  For those of you working at your internships, keep up the hard work. Make us proud!  When you get a chance, share some photos with the department Facebook page and let us know what you are up to.  Click here: https://www.facebook.com/ShipGeoESS

Fall Classes Begin Soon

Just a reminder, fall classes begin on Monday August 24, 2015.  If you have any questions about your fall class schedule, please contact the office and someone will be able to assist you.  The office phone number is 477-1685.  

2015 Department Photo Contest: 

Don't forget, each fall we will run our student-faculty-alumni photo contest!  So get some great shots this summer.  Be thinking about all those awesome Geo/ESS themes!


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Contact

Geography & Earth Science Department
104 Shearer Hall
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-477-1685
Fax: 717-477-4029
Email: geog@ship.edu

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applegarth Faculty ImageMichael Applegarth

Associate Professor
Office: 211 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1712
Email: mtapl@ship.edu
Homepage: http://webspace.ship.edu/mtappl/ 

Curriculum Vitae: download as pdf

Education

PhD (2001) Geography, Arizona State University
MA (1997) Geography, University of Northern Iowa
BS (1994) Geography, Northern Arizona University

Profile

I received my Ph.D. at Arizona State University in the summer of 2001 and began my career at Shippensburg in Fall 2001. I am a physical geographer with interests in soil geomorphology, arid land geomorphology, and remote sensing. My dissertation dealt with using remote sensing techniques and field data to interpret pediment form in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts and predict their occurrence via a statistical model built from corresponding slope morphology. I have also worked in soil development on glacial moraine material in the Wind River Range in Wyoming and have published some of this work along with my former masters’ advisor. Recent research has included using remote sensing techniques to assess moraine morphology in Wyoming. I teach Image Processing, Remote Sensing, Soils, Geography of the United States and Canada, Introduction to the Atmosphere, and Introductory Geology. Having spent most of my life in Arizona, Pennsylvania is a new place for me. I spend recreation time being a shade-tree mechanic and listening to Rush.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Soil Geomorphology
  • Desert Geomorphology

Courses

GEO 103: Geography of the United States and Canada (click for course website)
GEO 224: Soils
GEO 339: Remote Sensing (click for course website)
GEO 425: Image processing
ESS 111: Introduction to the Atmosphere

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

Funded & Ongoing Projects

Community and Professional Service

  • Member: SU Geography & Earth Science Dept. Departmental Professional Affairs Committee
  • Member AAG
  • Others