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Small, Eric Professor

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Research

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  • My research is focused on the physical processes that control the water, energy, and carbon budgets of the Earth's land surface. Vegetation, soil, and the atmosphere strongly influence surface water fluxes and storage and therefore are monitored and modeled in this research. The processes I study act across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, from the influence of plants on surface water redistribution and infiltration during rainstorms to the effects of land-atmosphere interactions on continental-scale rainfall anomalies. My research combines modeling and data analysis, with the latter combining measurements from the field, lab, and remote sensing.

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOL 1150 - Water, Energy and Environment: An Introduction to Earth Resources
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores how geological processes and human populations together affect the quantitfy, quality and availability of Earth resources. Includes examination of the water cycle and how humans use and modify water; fossil-fuel and mineral resources, and renewable energy options. Sustainable versus non-sustainable use and population growth is considered.
  • GEOL 2001 - Planet Earth
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores the dynamics of planet Earth with particular emphasis on the factors that make the planet habitable. Includes examination of heat balance, hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry and climate history through both lecture and lab-based activities. Required for the Geology major, introduces students to the major concepts in contemporary Earth system science.
  • GEOL 5700 - Geological Topics Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Offers seminar studies in geological subjects of special current interest. Primarily for graduate students, as departmental staff and facilities permit. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours provided that topics vary.

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