Joseph W. Nicholas, Associate Professor of Geography, earned a Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Georgia, after having received an M.S. (1987) in geography from the University of North Dakota and a B.A. (1984) in geography and biology from Bemidji State University (Minnesota).
Dr. Nicholas has published articles on rock glaciers, permafrost and periglacial processes, talus landforms as indicators of climate, and locational and morphometric characteristics of landslide deposits. He is currently investigating the causes of recent climate change in western Colorado and Utah.