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CURRENT POSITION: Professor of Geography, CSU Stanislaus.

EDUCATION:  Ph.D. (Soils and Geomorphology), Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1981); M.A. (Soils-Physical Geography), Department of Geography, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming (1977); B.S. (Anthropology), high school teaching certificate, and post-graduate coursework (Geography), 1971, 1974, and 1975.                   

Ph.D. DISSERTATION:  Late Cenozoic soils of the Glacier and Waterton Parks area, northwestern Montana and southwestern Alberta, and paleoclimatic implications, 1981, Department of Geography, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 358 pp.

AREAS OF RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION:  Geomorphology, soils, Quaternary environments and paleoclimates; paleoenvironmental interpretation of buried and relict paleosols, glacial and periglacial features, and alluvial terrace sequences, geoarchaeology, energy and related contemporary environmental issues.

PUBLICATIONS:  Author or co-author of twenty-two publications in refereed national and international earth science journals, including Physical Geography, Geoarchaeology, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Catena, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, Boreas, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, and Geographie Physique et Quaternaire.  
Author of an additional twenty papers published in books, guidebooks, technical reports, and non-refereed journals.

COURSES TAUGHT AT CSUS:  Human Ecology (GEOG 3020), Geomorphology (GEOG 4120), Climatology (GEOG 3100), Introduction to Physical Geography (GEOG 2010), Current Trends in Geography (GEOG 4000), The Yosemite Region (GEOG 3960), Physical Geography of the Southwest (GEOG 4953), Geography of Europe (GEOG 3550), Geology of Soils (GEOL/GEOG 3900), Physical and Environmental Geology (GEOL 3000), State of the World: The Environmental Perspective (MDIS/HON 4950),


Eric Karlstrom came to California State University, Stanislaus in 1990, after five years as an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University, one year as a Visiting Professor at The University of Kansas, and one year as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wyoming.   At CSUS, in addition, to teaching physical and environmental geography courses (Geomorphology, Climatology, Introduction to Physical Geography, Human Ecology), he has also taught courses cross-listed with the Geology department (Geology/Geography of Soils, Physical and Environmental Geology), and an honors course (State of the World: The Environmental Perspective).  

Throughout his career, Dr. Karlstrom has continued his research program in field and laboratory analyses of soils and geomorphology as means of reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimates.  This research has involved field investigations in Montana, northern Arizona, Kansas, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia.  In the 1980’s, Karlstrom served as an officer (Treasurer) of the American Quaternary Association. 

Dr. Karlstrom is also webmaster of educational websites, including: includes Karlstrom’s research articles relating to the many environmental and cultural issues surrounding the proposed development of oil and natural gas in the San Luis Valley, Colorado on the newly-formed Baca National Wildlife Refuge. includes articles and information regarding the relative importance of natural vs. human-induced climate changes.  For this website, Dr. Karlstrom draws on his 30+ years of research on Quaternary paleoclimates, as well as the 50+ years of his father, Dr. Thor N. V. Karlstrom, who retired from the U.S. Geological Survey in the mid-1980’s but has subsequently continued his research into paleoclimates.