I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. I am a physical geographer with GIS expertise. I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences, and a Master of Science in Geography (Fluvial Geomorphology) at Texas A&M University.
My research focuses on the influence of human activities along river systems. In my masters work at Texas A&M , I investigated the influence of dams on the sediment regime of river systems and employed GIS to ascertain differences in channel form after dam construction. During my Ph.D. research at the University of Oregon I study the interactions between riparian vegetation and stream channels. Riparian vegetation both influences river systems, through the interruption and channeling of flow, and is influenced by rivers, through the timing and regularity of inundation and nutrient fluxes. The resurgence of this science, biogeomorphology, is helping researchers better understand river systems and ultimately, helping us more efficiently and effectively restore rivers that have been significantly altered by human practices. My current work along the Sprague River, Oregon focuses on a highly invasive grass, a great example of human modifications along stream systems.
Feel free to explore my Class List (with syllabi), C.V., and photos from my field work and travels.
Adriana E. Martinez, Ph.D.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences Program
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026
Phone: 618-650-3623 (Geog) / 618-650-5655 (Ensc)