blewett Faculty ImageWilliam Blewett

Professor & Department Chairperson
Office: 207 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1513
Email: wlblew@ship.edu
Homepage: n/a

Education

PhD (1991) Michigan State University
M.A. (1984) Western Illinois University
B.S. (1981) Northern Michigan University

Profile

Dr. Blewett came to Shippensburg in August 1990, after finishing his Ph.D. in Physical Geography at Michigan State University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Bill was a researcher for National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science Education from Northern Michigan University in Marquette in 1981, and a Master's degree from Western Illinois University in 1983. Bill has taught Introduction to Geology, Introduction to the Atmosphere, Soils, and Astronomy since coming to Shippensburg, and currently teaches Physical Geology, graduate and undergraduate Geomorphology, and Geology of National Parks. His research interests include the glacial landforms of the northern Great Lakes region, Appalachian Highlands geomorphology, and the geography of North America. Bill has published his research in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the Journal of Geoscience Education, Geomorphology, Physical Geography, and many others. Most of his latest work involves local research on periglacial processes and biogeography with undergraduate and graduate students. Bill and his wife Gretchen live at the base of South Mountain near Shippensburg, on a stabilized colluvial apron of Pleistocene age.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Physical Geography
  • Glacial Geomorphology
  • Geomorphology
  • Soils
  • North America

Courses

  • ESS 110 Introduction to Geology
  • ESS 210 Physical Geology
  • GEO 214 Geology of National Parks
  • GEO 306 Geomorphology
  • GEO 562 Geomorphology

Selected Publications

 

Blewett, W. L., Drzyzga, S. A., Sherrod, L., and Wang, H., 2014.  Geomorphic relations among glacial Lake Algonquin and the Munising and Grand Marais moraines in eastern Upper Michigan, USA.  Geomorphology, vol. 219, pp. 270-284.

Loope, W.L., Jol, H.M., Fisher, T. G., Blewett, W.L., Loope, H.M., and Legg, R. J., 2014, A previously unrecognized path of base flow and elevated discharge from Lake Minong to Lake Chippewa across eastern Upper Michigan.  In: Fisher, T., Hanson, E. (Eds.), Coastline and Dune Evolution Along the Great Lakes, GSA Special Paper 508, pp. 1-13.

Blewett, W.L. 2012.  Geology and Landscape of Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Blewett, W. L., and Wah, J. S., 2011.  Geology, landscape, and soils of Michaux State Forest and South Mountain, Pennsylvania.  In: Wah, J. S. (Ed.), Michaux State Forest Soils, Sediments, and Landscapes Field tour (guidebook), annual field conference of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists, pp. 3-15.

Blewett, W.L. 2009.  Understanding Ancient Shorelines in the National Parklands of the Great Lakes, National Park Service Resource Report, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.  

Blewett, W. L., Schaetzl, R.J., and Lusch, D. P., 2009.  The Physical Landscape: A Glacial Legacy, in Schaetzl, R., Darden, J., and Brandt, D., Michigan Geography and Geology, New York: Pearson Custom Publishing, p. 249-273.

Loope, W.L., Fisher, T.G., Jol, H.M., Goble, R.J., Anderton, J.B., and Blewett, W.L. 2004. A Holocene History of Dune-Mediated Landscape Change Along the Southeastern Shore of Lake Superior. Geomorphology 61:303-322.

Woltemade, C.J., and Blewett, W.L., 2002. Design, implementation, and assessment of an undergraduate interdisciplinary watershed research laboratory. Journal of Geoscience Education, vol. 50, no. 4, p. 372-379.

Blewett, W.L., 2002. Late Wisconsin history of Eastern Upper Michigan: A review, in Loope, W.L. and J.B. Anderton (eds.), Deglaciation and Holocene Landscape Evolution in Eastern Upper Michigan, Field guide for the 48th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference, Grand Marais, MI, p. 1-10.

Blewett, W.L., 2002. Glacial geomorphology of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and vicinity, in Loope, W.L. and J.B. Anderton (eds.), Deglaciation and Holocene Landscape Evolution in Eastern Upper Michigan, Field guide for the 48th Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference, Grand Marais, MI, p. 11-21.

*Grote, T., and Blewett, W. 2000. Geomorphic Influences on Woody Vegetation Patterns at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and Vicinity, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Pennsylvania Geographer.

Blewett, W., 2000. Geomorphology of Pennsylvania's Appalachian Highlands: A review, in Patrick, K. and Joseph Scarpaci, Jr. (eds.), A Geographic Perspective of Pittsburgh and the Alleghenies: From Precambrian to Post-Industrial, Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.

*Starner, K., Woltemade, C., and Blewett, W., 1998. Soil variability across a topographic gradient in colluvial soils of South-Central Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geographer, vol. 36, no. 2, p. 61-78.

Blewett, W., 1998. Glaciofluvial formations at the C and K gravel pit, Antrim County, MI, in R. Schaetzl, B. Knapp, and E. Johnson (eds.), Major Land Resource Area # 96 Geomorphology Tour Guidebook. Lincoln, NE: United States Department of Agriculture, p. 20-25.

*Bialousz, M., and Blewett, W., 1996. Geomorphic factors influencing vegetation pattern on South Mountain, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geographer, vol. 34, no. 2, p. 113- 134.

Blewett, William L., and Winters, H. A. 1995. The importance of glaciofluvial features within Michigan's Port Huron moraine. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 306-319.

Blewett, William L. 1995. Deglaciation history of the Port Huron moraine in northwestern Lower Michigan. Great Lakes Geographer, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-15.

Blewett, William L. 1994. Late Wisconsin history of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and vicinity. Pictured Rocks Resource Report #94-01, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

*Sipes, D. and Blewett, W. 1994. Soil profile variation with slope length and profile curvature in soils developed from shale parent materials in south-central Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geographer, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 54-76.

Blewett, William L., Winters, Harold A., and Rieck, Richard L., 1993. New age control on the Port Huron moraine in northern Michigan. Physical Geography, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 131-138.

Blewett, William L., 1993. Description, Analysis, and Critique of the method of multiple working hypotheses. Journal of Geological Education, vol. 41, pp. 254-259.

Blewett, William L., and Rieck, Richard L.,1987. Reinterpretation of a portion of the Munising Moraine in northern Michigan. Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 98, p. 169-175.

Selected Presentations

2015: “Northern Michigan’s comingled Munising and Grand Marais moraines and their relations with relict shorelines of Glacial Lake Algonquin,” Geological Society of America annual meeting, Baltimore, MD (co-author with three others). 

2015: “Improving glacial geology maps and interpretations through geophysics,” Geological Society of America annual meeting, Baltimore, MD (co-author with seven others).

2015: “Correlation of high-level deltas and outwash plains along Michigan’s Munising and Grand Marais moraines,” Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, IL (with three others).  Presenting author.

2015 : “Correlation of relict shoreline features along Northern Michigan’s Munising and Grand Marais Moraines with Glacial Lake Algonquin water planes,” Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Chicago, IL ( co-author with three others)

2013: “Unraveling Great Lakes Glacial History Using Ground Penetrating Radar,” Symposium on the application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Denver, Colorado (with two others).

2012: “Soil and Landscape Processes associated with a ‘Rock City’ in south-central Pennsylvania,” Association of American Geographers annual meeting, New York, NY (with two SU students).

2011:  "Morainic features and ancient shorelines in Michigan's eastern UP: A Fall 2011 field report." (presenting author with Drzyzga).  Invited paper presented to the Quaternary Landscape Working Group at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, November 9.

2010: “Interpreting Ancient Great Lakes Shorelines as a ‘Geoscientist-in-the-Park’ at Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,” Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

2008: “Advising Through Student Experience,” Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Boston, MA.

2006: “Developing an Interpretative Guidebook of Ancient Great Lakes Shorelines as a ‘Geoscientist-in-the-Park’ at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan,” Geological Society of America annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

2002: "Does Outcrop width determine mountain height in central Pennsylvania?" Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Philadelphia, PA. (with graduate student Wendi Hiller).

2006: “A Carrot Approach to Recognizing Advising Excellence,” National Academic Advising Association Region 2 Conference, Lancaster, PA.

2002: "South Mountain's Buzzard Rocks block feature, Pennsylvania." Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Philadelphia, PA. (with graduate student Ben Uhler).

2002: "Glacial geomorphology of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and vicinity". 48th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene, Grand Marais, MI.

2002: “Landscape Signatures of Late Holocene lake-level change along Lake Superior’s southern shore,” Geological Society of America, North Central section meeting, Normal, IL. (with 4 others).

2001: "Linking undergraduate learning using a watershed research laboratory." Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (with C. Woltemade).

2000: “Using GIS in a multidisciplinary watershed-based environmental science curriculum,” Geological Society of America annual meeting, Reno, NV. (with C. Woltemade)

2000: "The importance of slope aspect on 'relict' versus 'active' periglacial landforms, South Mountain, Pennsylvania," Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. (with undergraduate students Joy Haydt and Jason Estock).

1999: "Probable Port Huron Age for Portions of Michigan's Manistee Moraine," annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii.

1998: "Geomorphic Influences on Woody Vegetation Patterns at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and Vicinity, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia," (with graduate student Todd Grote). Annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, Allentown, PA.

1998: "Significance of Flow Till and Related Deposits in Michigan's Manistee Moraine," (with undergraduate student Tony Doerr). Association of American Geographers, annual meeting, Boston, MA.

1997: "Soil Variability Across a Topographic Gradient in Colluvial Soil of South-Central Pennsylvania," (with undergraduate student Kevin Starner). Annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, York, PA.

1997: "Relations Among Sandar and Glaciolacustrine Features in Northwestern Lower Michigan," Association of American Geographers, annual meeting, Ft. Worth, TX.

1996: "Six-phase deglaciation of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore." Fourth Symposium on Michigan: Its geology and geologic resources, East Lansing, MI.

Funded & Ongoing Projects

2002: Awarded a Professional Development Grant to develop materials for the 48th annual Midwest Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference in Grand Marais, MI., $3,184.00

2002: Awarded a Miklausen-Likar Science Research Grant for the project “Microclimatological aspects of hydrofracturing and block field development, South Mountain, PA,” with graduate student Ben Uhler.

2000: Co-advised undergraduate student Holly Hosford in her successful research proposal concerning investigations in Grand Canyon National Park; funded by the SU Undergraduate Research Program.

1999: Received a National Science Foundation grant totaling $168,357 (with SU match) to support the project: "Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory" (co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Christopher Woltemade).

1999: Received funding from the State System of Higher Education for the project: "Teaching Geomorphology Using Undergraduate Field Research," with graduate student David Westover, $4,747.

1999: Awarded Miklausen-Likar Science Research Grant for the project "Analysis of Periglacial Landforms on South Mountain, Pennsylvania," with undergraduate students Jason Estock and Joy Haydt.

1998: Received funding from Shippensburg University for the joint faculty- student research project: "Computer Analysis of Subsurface Geology," with undergraduate student George Morris. $728.

1997: Received funding from Shippensburg University for the joint faculty-student research project: "Description, Analysis, and Reinterpretation of Michigan's Manistee Moraine," with undergraduate student Tony Doerr. $4,021.

1997: Received a Wallace Atwood Research Grant from the Association of American Geographers for the project: "Analysis of Glaciofluvial Formations in Michigan's Northern Peninsula." $1,000.

1996: Received funding from the State System of Higher Education for the project: "Developing a Soils Field Site for Undergraduate Geoenvironmental Majors," $4,750.

Community and Professional Service

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

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