applegarth Faculty ImageMichael Applegarth

Associate Professor
Office: 211 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1712

Curriculum Vitae: download as pdf


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


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


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

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