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Lewis Owen

Professor and Head of Department

NC State University

Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

My research and teaching focus on understanding the nature and dynamics of Quaternary paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate change and landscape evolution, environmental geology and natural hazards. I have concentrated my efforts on two major geologic-geographic regions: 1) the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen; and 2) the western Cordilleras of North and South America. This has involved research on glaciation and climate change, surface processes and landscape change. To undertake this research, I apply remote sensing, field methods, and geochronology. I direct two Quaternary geochronology laboratories (see: I have also worked on archaeological sites to help examine the influence of climate and associated environmental changes on humans.