Surface Processes at ISU
BENJAMIN T. CROSBY
Professor and Chair of Geosciences
Idaho State University
I am interested in the processes that sculpt landscapes. In particular, I am fascinated how Earth’s surface responds to climatic, tectonic and human disturbance. I explore how fast and through which mechanisms landscapes adjust (largely rivers and hillslopes) over both human and geologic timescales. To accomplish this, I synthesize data from field observations, digital topographic analysis, geochronology, numerical modeling, physical experimentation and remote sensing. Strong collaborative ties with terrestrial, riparian and aquatic ecologists, hydrologists, biogeochemists and others enable me to explore arctic and temperate ecosystem sensitivity to changes in climate and land management.
Research alone does not fill my cup. I teach courses spanning from large enrollment introductions to the earth system to highly focused seminars for graduate students. I am ever-striving to reduce lecture time and incorporate active learning activities into my classes. I also work to develop community-vetted, broadly available curriculum.
If you are interested in working together, I would love to hear from you.