Dr. Joe D Collins

Geomorphologist

Dr. Joe D Collins
(615) 898-2376
Room 225, Davis Science Building (DSB)
MTSU Box 09, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • MS, Middle Tennessee State University (2015)
  • BS, Purdue University (2013)

Areas of Expertise

  • Arid and semi-arid Geomorphology
  • Paleoclimate reconstruction
  • Sediment transport, deposition, and geochemistry
  • Modern atmosphere-lithosphere interactions
  • Geoarchaeology

Publications

Collins, J.D., Gill, T.E., Langford, R.P. 2018. Characterizing Formation Processes of Rimrock Lake, a Late Pleistocene-Holocene playa, Harney Basin, southeastern Oregon (USA), using an End-Member mixing analysis (EMMA). Journal of Quaternary Science. 

Ponette-González, A. G., Collins, J. D., Manuel, J. E., Byers, T. A., Glass, G. A., Weathers, K. C., & Gill, T. E. ...

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Collins, J.D., Gill, T.E., Langford, R.P. 2018. Characterizing Formation Processes of Rimrock Lake, a Late Pleistocene-Holocene playa, Harney Basin, southeastern Oregon (USA), using an End-Member mixing analysis (EMMA). Journal of Quaternary Science. 

Ponette-González, A. G., Collins, J. D., Manuel, J. E., Byers, T. A., Glass, G. A., Weathers, K. C., & Gill, T. E. 2018. Wetdust deposition across Texas during the 2012 drought: An overlooked pathway for elemental flux to ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123. https:// doi.org10.1029/2018JD028806

Junran Li, Tarek Kandakji, Jeffrey A. Lee, John Tatarko, John Blackwell III, Thomas E. Gill, Joe Collins. 2018. Blowing dust and highway safety in the southwestern United States: Characteristics of dust emission “hotspots” and management implications. Science of the Total Environment 621:1023-1032.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.124

Collins, J.D., O’Grady, P., Langford, R.P., and Gill, T.E. 2017End-member mixing analysis (EMMA) applied to sediment grain size distributions to characterize formational processes of the main excavation block, Unit 2, of Rimrock Draw Rockshelter (35HA3855), Harney Basin, Eastern Oregon (USA). Archaeometry 59 (2):331-345. https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12243

Collins, J.D.2012. Assessing Mussel Shell Diagenesis in the Modern Vadose Zone at Lyon’s Bluff (22OK520), Northeast Mississippi. Journal of Archaeological Science 39:3694-3705. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.06.012

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Presentations

Invited Talks:

Collins, J.D. “Characterizing formation processes of a Late Pleistocene-Holocene playa, Harney Basin, southeastern Oregon (USA).” University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Geosciences, March 30, 2018.

Collins, J.D. “What freshwater mussel shells can tell us about Native American subsistence.”  University of North ...

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Invited Talks:

Collins, J.D. “Characterizing formation processes of a Late Pleistocene-Holocene playa, Harney Basin, southeastern Oregon (USA).” University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Geosciences, March 30, 2018.

Collins, J.D. “What freshwater mussel shells can tell us about Native American subsistence.”  University of North Texas, Department of Geography and the Environment, Crosscurrents seminar series. Nov. 10th, 2017.

Conference Presentations (5 most recent):

Collins, J. D.,M.W.  Bowen, T.E. Gill, R. Langford. “Using the lithostratigraphic record preserved within two playa wetlands to reconstruct paleoenvironmental change and geomorphic response, Harney Basin, Oregon”. Geological Society of America (GSA), November 2018

Collins, J.D.,M.W. Bowen, T.E. Gill, R. Langford. “Using the lithostratigraphic record preserved within two playa wetlands to reconstruct paleoenvironmental change and geomorphic response, Harney Basin, Oregon”. 49th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, September 2018

Gill, T.E. and J.D. Collins. “Paying Paleoclimatology Forward: an academic multigenerational journey linking professional development to curriculum development. Earth Educators’ Rendezvous, July 2017

Collins, J.D., T.A. Miller, T.E. Gill, R.P. Langford. “Stratigraphic Relationship and History of Two Late Pleistocene and Holocene Playas in the Harney Basin, Eastern Oregon, USA. Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, October, 2017.

Collins, J.D. “Characterizing Sedimentary Processes of a Playa-Lunette System: A Case Study Along the Western Margin of the Harney Basin, Southeastern Oregon (USA).” Geological Society of American (GSA), September 2016

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Awards

  • Early Career Researcher (ECR) Travel Award, 49th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, 2018
  • Water Resources Incentive Grant, Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, 2017
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, 2016, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Geological Society of America Fellowship, 2015, Geological Society ...
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  • Early Career Researcher (ECR) Travel Award, 49th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, 2018
  • Water Resources Incentive Grant, Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, 2017
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student, 2016, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Geological Society of America Fellowship, 2015, Geological Society of America
  • The Jonathan O. Davis National Scholarship for Quaternary Studies, 2014, Desert Research Institute
  • Graduate Student Fellowship Incentive Award, University of Texas at El Paso, 2014
  • Douglas C. Kellogg Fellowship in Geoarchaeological Research, 2012, Society of American Archaeology
  • Sistrunk Endowed Scholarship, 2012, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University 

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Research / Scholarly Activity

My primary research is in ancient arid and semi-arid environmental and climatic reconstruction - particularly using ephemeral lake and river systems as comprehensive, high-resolution archives of climate change - and modern atmosphere-lithosphere interactions such as aeolian and fluvial processes using aspects of geomorphology, geochemistry, and statistical modeling. Other research interests include the relationship between lan...

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My primary research is in ancient arid and semi-arid environmental and climatic reconstruction - particularly using ephemeral lake and river systems as comprehensive, high-resolution archives of climate change - and modern atmosphere-lithosphere interactions such as aeolian and fluvial processes using aspects of geomorphology, geochemistry, and statistical modeling. Other research interests include the relationship between landforms, climate, and people; transportation, composition, and characteristics of both aeolian and fluvial sediments; North American geoarchaeology; Mars aeolian geomorphology; and the history and philosophy of modern geology. 

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Creative Activity

  1. Reconstructing paleoclimate using ephemeral lakes (aka playas) and their marginal features in the Great Basin, USA.
  2. Dust emission, transportation, and deposition - specifically during the 2012 drought.
  3. Historic climatology of dust storms in El Paso, Texas.
  4. Analysis of fugitive dust emissions from aggregate quarries and air quality in the San Antonio region, Texas.
  5. Geomorphic analysis of landforms on Mars - specifically related to the Orson Welles impact crater.
  6. Archaeological freshwater mussel geochemistry as proxy for past climate.

Courses

  • GEOL 4020: Geomorphic Regions of the U.S.
  • GEOL 3060: Computational Methods in the Geosciences
  • GEOL 6030: Geoscience Colloquium
  • GEOL 1030: Introduction to Earth Science
  • EST 2810 online: Introduction to Environmental Science