University of Wisconsin–Madison

Joe Mason

Title: Department Chair, Professor of Geography


Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995 Full C.V.

Research Areas

Eolian and hillslope geomorphology, loess stratigraphy/sedimentology, soils and paleosols, Quaternary landscape evolution, Quaternary paleoenvironments of the Midwest, the Great Plains and northern China

Current Research

Soil response to vegetation change across the prairie-forest boundary. Vulnerability of buried soil organic matter to disturbance and climate change. Evolution of aeolian landscapes. Response of dune fields in northern China to past, present, and future environmental change. Data from completed projects from completed projects is here.

Courses Taught

Geog 127: Physical Systems of the Environment
Geog 320: Geomorphology
Geog 329: Landforms and Landscapes of North America
Geog 342: Geography of Wisconsin
Geog 344: The American West
Geog 525:
Soil Geomorphology
Geography 527: The Quaternary Period

Recent Publications

For a complete list of publications and citations, go to my Google Scholar profile

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

University of Wisconsin
Department of Geography
160 Science Hall 550 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706-1404

Phone: (608) 576-3657


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