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Richard Allan Beck

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 401D Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3426
Email: richard.beck@uc.edu
Web: http://www.geography.uc.edu

Geographical information networks, GIS, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, South Asia, Water Resources.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1995 (Earth Science).
  • M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2004 (Information Science).
  • M.S., Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1985 (Earth Sciences ).
  • B.S., Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1982 (Earth Sciences).

Research Information

Research Interests

My formal training is in Earth Science (B.S. and M.S. in Earth Science from Iowa State University and Ph.D. in Earth Science from University of Southern California) and another Master of Information Science (M.I.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). My first Master's thesis focused on the origin and timing of Laramide foreland Basins. My last Master's thesis focused on plans for a National Emergency Mapping Informaiton System and supporting imaging and communications satellite data networks for environmental and public safety applications. My PhD dissertation focused on the origin and behavior of the Indus and Ganges Rivers since 16 million years B.P. and the orgin and timing of the ophiolitic belt along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

My reseach is focused on developing tools based on Geographic Information Science applied to physical geography. These tools include integrated space-based wireless networks, information architectures for monitoring climate change, regional satellite image networks, automated ground truth systems and GPS-aware Internet browsers. Applications of these tools include hyperspectral remote sensing, geologic carbon sequestration, Arctic climate change studies and water resources.

Research Support

  • Chevron Field-Related Thesis Program. 1984.
  • Graduate School ISU Electron Microscopy. 1985.
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research . 1986.
  • Chevron Field-Related Thesis Program . 1987.
  • Geological Society of America . 1987.
  • Research Grant proposal "Quantitative Basin Analysis, Potwar Plateau, Northern Pakistan" revised and submitted by Dr. Douglas Burbank. , Wrote first draft of National Geographic Field. $27,000. 1987.
  • Stratigraphic and Structural Evolution of the Northwest Himalayan Foreland Basin, 12 Ma to Present (2 years)., National Science Foundation. $100,000. 1988 to 1989.
  • Stratigraphic and Structural Evolution of the Kohat Plateau Region Pakistan, 14 Ma to Present (2 years). , National Science Foundation. $120,000. 1990 to 1991.
  • Academic-Industrial Geological Survey of the Waziristan and Kurram Tribal Areas, NW Frontier Province, Pakistan , Field and Analytical Support by Amoco Production Co.. $250,000. 1991 to 1992.
  • Faculty International Initiatives, Hampton Fund - . $3,000. 1995.
  • Remote Sensing , Ohio Board of Regents - . $8,800. 1996.
  • USGS P.I. - LANDSAT Data Grant . $21,000. 1998.
  • (P.I.), Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio , USGS. $121,000. 1998.
  • (CoPI), USGS OhioView Metadata Clearinghouse Grant. $38,638. 1998.
  • (CoPI), USGS , LANDSAT Data Grant . $21,000. 1999.
  • (CoPI), Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio , USGS. $184,000. 1999.
  • (CoPI), Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase1, USGS. $11,000. 1999.
  • Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase1, USGS. $92,000. 1999.
  • (CoPI), Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio , USGS. $480,000. 2000.
  • (P.I.), A Secure GPS-Aware Internet Browser, NASA. $70,000. 2000.
  • (P.I.), Undergraduate Distance Learning Prototype , NASA. $360,000. 2000.
  • (CoPI), Low-Cost Internet GIS Prototype-Phase2, USGS. $25,000. 2000.
  • (CoPI), Statewide Land Use Classification, OhioEPA. $220,000. 2001 to 2003.
  • (P.I.), GLOBE and OhioView Data Integration, NASA. $53,000. 2001 to 2002.
  • (CoPI), Applications of Landsat, ASTER and MODIS Data to Land Cover Mapping in Ohio subcontract worth $25,000 of , USGS. $480,000. 2001 to 2002.
  • (CoPI), OhioView Virtual University subcontract, Ohio Board of Regents. $304,731. 2002 to 2004.
  • (P.I.), Remote Sensing Tech. Development, NASA. $95,000. 2002 to 2003.
  • (P.I.), Mars Extravehicular Activity Prototype, NASA. $103,000. 2002 to 2004.
  • (CoPI), Investigation of paleoenvironment, geomorphic processes, and carbon stocks, of drained thaw-lake basins, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska., National Science Foundation. $210,000. 2003 to 2006.
  • (P.I.), Carbon Sequestration, Department of Energy. $18,000. 2006 to 2007.
  • (CoPI), Collaborative Research: Changes in Lake Dynamics on the Arctic Coastal Plain of North America Over the Past Half-Century, National Science Foundation. $378,618. 2007 to 2010.
  • (P.I.), Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation. $875,000. 2007 to 2008.
  • (P.I.), Sensor & Communications Network -1 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory , Dept. of the Army . $155,000. 2007.
  • (P.I.), Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation. $177,000. 2008 to 2009.
  • (P.I.), Sensor & Communications Network -2 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory , Dept. of the Army . $479,000. 2008.
  • (P.I.), Sensor & Communications Network -3 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory , Dept. of the Army . $525,000. 2009.
  • (P.I.), Barrow Arctic Research Facility – Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation. $187,000. 2009 to 2010.
  • (P.I.), Sensor & Communications Network -4 – Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Laboratory , Dept. of the Army . $227,000. 2010.
  • (P.I.), Sensor & Communications Network -5 – Pending - Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab , Dept. of the Army . $69,985. 2011. Status: Completed.
  • Cincinnati Green Station Network, UrbanAlta, Inc. . $25,216. 2011.
  • (Co-PI), CALON: Circum-Arctic Lake Observation Network, NSF. $950,000. 2011 to 2015.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, OhioView Remote Sensing Education - Phase 3, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NCE), $33,102.00. 06/01/2003 to 12/31/2004. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, OhioView Undergraduate Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (R-300-100375-40106), $5,381.00. 12/01/2004 to 10/31/2005. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, OhioView Remote Sensing Education and Outreach Technology Development, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NCE), $95,000.00. 05/01/2002 to 09/30/2004. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, OhioView Virtual University, Ohio Board of Regents. (OSP02176), $30,473.00. 01/26/2002 to 08/31/2003. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, Mars Rover Geological and Geophysical Prototype, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NCC3-981), $88,965.00. 07/08/2002 to 07/07/2004. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, Lunar and Planetary Science Module - Phase 2, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NCC3-1083/rebudget), $14,998.00. 07/15/2003 to 09/30/2004. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, OhioView Undergraduate Distance Learning Prototype, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NCE NAG3-2437/1), $360,000.00. 05/16/2000 to 09/30/2001. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, K-12 Prototype for a Remote Sensing Education System at NASA Glenn, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (Rebudget), $55,740.00. 05/01/2001 to 09/30/2002. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth, Advanced End-to-End Cyberinfrastructure Installation, Validation, and Optimization for the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Facility, National Science Foundation. (ARC-0641623), $1,183,196.00. 09/15/2007 to 08/31/2010. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Frohn, Robert; Hinkel, Kenneth; South, Robert Browning, SCAN-1, Department of the Army. (OAI DOD W 91260-06D0005), $77,500.00. 04/25/2007 to 09/30/2008. Status: Closed.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth; Maurer, Eric, Collaborative Research: Changes in Lake Dynamics on the Arctic Coastal Plain, National Science Foundation. (ARC 0713813), $378,618.00. 09/01/2007 to 08/31/2011. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard; South, Robert Browning, SCAN-1, Department of the Army. (06S-0190 / W91260-06-D-005), $1,303,104.00. 08/01/2008 to 08/31/2011. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, Green Learning Station Sensor Network, Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. (SRS 007347), $25,216.00. 01/03/2011 to 08/31/2011. Status: Closed.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Eisner, Wendy; Hinkel, Kenneth; Kim, Changjoo; Liu, Hongxing; Townsend-Small, Amy, Collaborative Research: Toward a Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network (CALON)--Multiscale Observations of Lacustrine Systems, National Science Foundation. (ARC 1107607), $966,001.00. 09/15/2011 to 08/31/2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard, Water Quality Ground Truth Data Collection to Support Algorithm Development and Mapping with Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery on Harsha Lake, SW Ohio for USACE Pilot Remote Sensing Project, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (7500125451 / W91278-10-D-0104), $19,998.00. 06/16/2014 to 09/11/2014. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Burton, Bruce; Ghia, Urmila; Kang, Lei; Sokoloff, Michael, CC-IIE Networking Infrastructure: UCScienceNet (UCSN) - A High Bandwidth Science DMZ to Enable STEM Discovery, National Science Foundation. (ACI-1440539), $499,741.00. 12/01/2014 to 11/30/2016. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing; Tong, Tak Yung, Water Quality Ground Truth Data Collection to Support Algorithm Development and Map part II (second $10K), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (7500127120 / W91278-10-D-0104), $10,000.00. 10/15/2014 to 04/30/2015. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing, Ground Data Acquisition & Processing for Hyperspectral Imaging of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (AV14-NASAGRC-UC01 / NASA NNC15VA80P), $5,060.00. 11/14/2014 to 05/11/2015. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing, Monitoring and modeling water quality and harmful algal blooms in the inland waters in Southern Ohio Region with remote sensing and in situ observations, U.S. Geological Survey. (AV14-OH-UC01 Mod 1), $12,650.00. 10/01/2015 to 12/31/2015. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Burton, Bruce; Combs, Jane; Wang, Xia, CC*DNI ENGINEER: University Of Cincinnati Cyberinfrastructure Engineer And Educator (CI2E), National Science Foundation. (ACI-1541410), $197,705.00. 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2017. Status: Awarded.
  • (Collaborator), Beck, Richard; Liu, Hongxing, Algorithm Development and Comparison for Deriving Water Quality Parameters for Inland Lakes and Rivers from Multispectral and Hyperspectral Images, NASA Glenn Research Center. (NNC16MF95P), $29,900.00. 12/04/2015 to 12/31/2016. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Beck, R.A., Vondra, C.F., Filkins, J.E., and Olander, J., 1988,  Syntectonic sedimentation and Laramide basement-thrusting, Cordilleran foreland; Timing of Deformation, In, Interaction of the Cordilleran Thrust Belt and Cordilleran Foreland; Schmidt, C.J., and Perry, W.J., (eds.), Geological Society of America Memoir 171, p. 465-487 (Master's thesis).
  • Beck, R., Zhan, S., Liu, H. et al. (2016), Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations, Remote Sensing of Environment, 178, 15-30.[Link]

In Press

  • Jones, Benjamin M, Arp, Christopher D, Hinkel, Kenneth M, Beck, Richard A, Schmutz, Joel A, & Winston, Barry (2009). Arctic lake physical processes and regimes with implications for winter water availability and management in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. Environmental management, 43(6), 1071-84.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Beck, R.A., Rettig, A., Lein, J.K., Frohn, R.C., Hinkel, K., Eisner, W., Jones, B., Arp, C., Lambert, C., Miller, D., and Kriegel, K. (2010). End-to-End Working Prototypes for Standardized Operational Environmental Geographic Information Networks: Examples from the Great Lakes and Arctic for Invasive Species and Climate Monitoring Fort Worth, TX.
  • Hinkel, K.M., Frohn, R.C., Jones, B.M., Nelson, F.E., Eisner, W.R., Peterson, K.M., and Beck, R.A. (2005). Thaw Lakes in Continuous Permafrost: Recent Research and Controversies American Geophysical Union.
  • Beck, R.A. (2002). Don’t drink the water! Near-real-time environmental satellite monitoring systems and public policy American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Paper Presentations

  • Ivenso, C., Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2011). An OGC Based Geographic Information Network Methodology for Monitoring Microcystis Bloom Events in Maumee Bay, Lake Erie. Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA.
  • Hinkel, K.M., Sheng, Y., Lenters, J., Lyons, E., and Beck, R..A. (2010). Arctic Lake Water Temperature Patterns as Impacted by Climatic and Geomorphic Controls. AGU Fall Meeting.
  • Arp, C., Jones, B., Beck, R., Whitman, M., Derry, J., Lilly, M., Grosse, G. (2010). Variation in Snow-water Equivalent (SWE) and Ice-thickness across Arctic Streams and Lakes in Northern Alaska. American Water Resources Association Annual Meeting .
  • Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2010). Software and Hardware Tools for Climatology and Meteorolgy. ESRI Annual User Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Beck, R.A., Rettig, A., Eisner, W, Hinkel, K., Jones, B., Arp, C., Whiteman, D., Thomas, B. (2010). Ice Dynamics of the Meade River - Arctic Alaska, from Freezeup to Breakup from Time Series Ground Imagery. American Association of Geographers, Washington DC.
  • Hinkel, K.M., Lenters, J., Sheng, Y., Lyons, E., Winston, B.S., Jones, S., Shah, C.A., Smith, L.C., Healey, N. and Beck, R. (2009). Hydroclimatology of Thaw Lakes in Arctic Alaska: Preliminary Results. Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hinkel, K.M., Eisner, W., Winston, B., Lenters, J., Beck, R.A. (2008). Assessing Seasonal Lake Dynamics in Arctic Alaska: Eos Trans. American Geophysical Union.
  • Uden, M., Doria, A., and Beck, R.A. (2007). Arctic Action, ICT: ICT for a sustainable future in the Arctic. Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) Meeting.
  • Beck, R.A., K. Fall, S. Burleigh, and D. Pleva (2006). GPSDTN: Velocity-enabled DTN networks for Arctic Research?. IETF Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group, San Diego, CA.
  • Beck, R.A., Eisner, W., Hinkel, K., Bulger, R., and Sheehan, G. (2005). High Technology in the cryosphere: The Barrow Global Climate Change Research Facility (BGCCRF) and its implications for arctic geographic research. Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO.
  • Bellian, J.A., Kerans, C., Beck, R.A., Lucia, J., Loucks, R.G. (2005). Ordovican Karst Mapping with Hyperspectral and LIDAR Data. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Calgary, Canada.
  • Youkoy, K., Izeh, B., Okunade, S.A., Beck, R.A., Laki, S.L., Nedunuri, K.V., and Sritharan, S.I. (2005). A General Purpose Rock and Mineral Hyperspectral Reflectance Library for Earth Science Education and Research (350 to 2500 nanometers). Geological Society of America, North Central Section, Minneapolis.
  • Hinkel, K.M., Beck, R.A., Eisner, W.R., Tweedie, C.E. (2004). Preliminary Hyperspectral Land Cover Classification of the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain – Application to Landscape Chronologies and the Thaw-Lake Geomorphic Cycle. American Geophysical Union.
  • Beck, R.A., and Zanter, K. (2004). Practical Atmospheric Correction of EO-1 Hyperion Hyperspectral Imagery, How-to Course. American Society of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, St. Louis, MO.
  • Beck, R.A., Eisner, W., Hinkel, K. (2004). Uniting the Arctic Community with a Wireless Arctic Network for Circumpolar Communications. 5th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS V): Local and Global Aspects of Arctic Social Systems, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska..
  • Beck, R.A. (2003). AmeriSat - Requirements Analysis for a Hyperspectral Land Remote Sensor Constellation for Energy Exploration. AVIRIS Hyperspectral Imaging Conference, NASA Jet Propulsion Laborarory, Pasadena, CA..
  • Beck, R.A., Vincent, R., Watts, D., Seibert, M., Pleva, D., Cauley, M., Ramos, C., Scott, T., Harter, D., Ross, A.J., Kosmo, J., Groneman, K., Rojas, J. (2003). NASA Mobile Lunar and Planetary Science Module. 34th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, Texas.
  • DeJong, K. and Beck, R.A. (2002). Structural Style of the Kohat Plateau, Pakistan: Transpression Tectonics, Multiple Detachment Faulting, and Gravity Spreading. Geological Society of America, Denver, CO.
  • Frohn, R.C., Bailey, K.H., and Beck, R.A. (2001). An Image based Resource Management and Planning Database for the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.
  • Frohn, R.C., Bailey, K.H., and Beck, R.A. (2001). Providing a Digital Gateway to the Earth for Native Americans through Native View. ASPRS National Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • Beck, R.A. (2000). Draft Vision for Gateway to the Earth: OhioView Pilot. Gateway to the Earth National Conference, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Beck, R.A. (2000). Gateway to the Earth: OhioView Pilot. East Lakes-West Lakes Regional Meeting, American Association of Geographers, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Beck, R., J. Conley, L. Mayer, J. Millard, B. Quirk, J. Faundeen, E. Bobinsky, C. Ramos, J. Horowitz, and D. Pleva (1999). Gateway to the Future: OhioView Pilot: Test-bed for a National Space-Based Geospatial Information Network. International Association for Great Lakes Research.
  • Frohn, R.C. and Beck, R.A. (1999). Creating a data and analysis networking structure of satellite and GIS data for the Midwest. Urban and Regional Information Systems Analysis.
  • Frohn, R.C. and Beck, R.A. (1999). Applications of Remote Sensing to Agricultural issues of the Midwestern United States. Urban and Regional Information Systems Analysis.
  • Frohn, R.C. and Beck, R.A. (1999). OhioView: A Space-Based Data and Analysis Infrastructure for Science, Education, Industry, and Government. International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society .
  • Beck, R.A., and Mayer, L. (1998). Gateway2Earth: The OhioView Pilot for the distribution of satellite data to schools, industry and the public. American Geophysical Union Fall Annual Meeting.
  • Quirk, B., Beck, R.A., Conley, J.U. (1998). Gateway to the Future: The OhioView Pilot. GIS/LIS 1998 Annual Conference and Exposition Program.
  • Beck, R.A. (1998). Gateway to the Future: The OhioView Pilot. OhioGIS, Annual Conference Proceedings, County Engineers Association of Ohio.
  • Beck, R.A., Shafique, N.A., Sinha, A., Gnos, E., and Khan, A.M. (1997). India-Asia collision as a possible trigger for Late Paleocene - Early Eocene global change. Geophysical Union Fall Annual Meeting.
  • Bellian, J.A., Beck, R.A., Shafique, N., Robinson, J.E., Gnos, E., and Sercombe, W.J. (1997). Regional Stratigraphy of the Western Indo-Pakistani Shelf: Implications for the origin and timing of the Kirther-Sulaiman Belt. Geological Society of America .
  • Robinson, J. E., Gnos, E., Badshah, M.S.A., Beck, R. A., and Vincent, R. K. (1997). New Copper Prospects in Waziristan, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan from Decorrelation Stretched and Spectral Ratio LANDSAT TM Satellite Images and Field Data. Geological Society of America .
  • Shafique, N., Gnos, E., Badshah, M.S.A., Beck, R. A., Robinson, J. E., and Bellian, J. A. (1997). New Structural and Stratigraphic Insights for Waziristan and Northern Baluchistan (Pakistan) from Integrated Structural, Biostratigraphic, and LANDSAT Thematic Mapper Data. Geological Society of America.
  • Pivnik, D.A., Qayyum, M., Lawrence, R.D., and Beck, R.A. (1997). The Edges of the Himalayan Suture, Western Pakistan and Myanmar. 12th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop, Rome, Italy.
  • Beck, R. A., Khan, A.M., and Sercombe, W. (1996). Revised Tectonic History for the NW Indo-Pakistani Continental Margin. Geological Society of America .
  • Beck, R. A., Burbank, D. W., and Sercombe, W. J. (1996). Chronology of shelf collapse, ophiolite obduction and India-Asia collision in the westernmost Himalaya. 11th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Burris, J., Beck, R. A., Shafique, N.A., and Khan, A.M. (1996). Late Cretaceous collapse of the NW Indo-Pakistani continental margin. Geological Society of America .
  • Beck, R. A., Sercombe, W. J., and Burbank, D. W. (1995). Late Cretaceous ophiolite obduction and Paleocene India-Asia collision in the westernmost Himalaya. Geological Society of America .
  • Sercombe, W.J., Pivnik, D.A., Wilson, W.P., and Beck, R.A. Deformed Zone-Foreland Interfaces in Strike-Slip Regimes: Kurram and Sibi Areas. AAPG.
  • Sercombe, W.J., Wilson, W.P., Pivnik, D.A., and Beck., R.A. Scale-independence, uniformitarianism and the genetic relationship between strike-slip and thrust belts. AAPG.
  • Beck, R.A., Burbank, D.W., and Sercombe, W.J. (1995). Evidence for a very latest Cretaceous to Paleocene Indian-Eurasian collision: Paleogeographic, isotopic and climatic implications. Mitteilugen aus dem Geologischen Institut der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule und der Universität Zürich.
  • Beck, R. A., Burbank, D. W., Sercombe, W. J., Olson, T., and Khan, A.M. (1994). Organic carbon exhumation and climate change during the early Himalayan collision. Geological Society of America .
  • Meigs, A.J., Burbank, D.W., and Beck, R.A. (1994). Late Miocene (~11 Ma) initiation of the Main Boundary Thrust in the Western Himalaya. Geological Society of America.
  • Sercombe, W.J., Pivnik, D.A., Stratton, M.A., Albertin, M., Beck, R.A., Wilson, W.P., Roth, B.L., Nieuwenhuise, R.E. (1994). Wrench faulting in the Northern Pakistan Foreland Region: Rethinking a deformed belt. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Denver, CO.
  • Beck, R.A., Sercombe, W.J. and Burbank, D.W. (1993). Structure, Stratigraphy and Chronology of the Himalayan Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone in NW Pakistan and E. Afghanistan. Geological Society of America .
  • Beck, R.A., and Burbank, D.W. (1990). Continental-scale diversion of rivers: A control of alluvial stratigraphy. Geological Society of America .
  • Beck, R.A., and Burbank, D.W. (1987). Synchronous sediment backstripping and tectonic subsidence analysis of Siwalik molasse, northwest Indo-Gangetic foredeep, Pakistan. Geological Society of America.
  • Beck, R.A., and Burbank, D.W. (1987). Basin-scale isochronous paleocurrent study of Chron 9 interval, Middle Siwaliks, Potwar Plateau, northern Pakistan. S.E.P.M. Annual Midyear Meeting.
  • Beck, R. A. and Burbank, D.W. (1989). fluvial facies variability within the C5N magnetic polarity interval, Siwalik Group, northwest Himalayan foredeep, Pakistan. Fourth International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Barcelona-Sitges, Spain.
  • Beck, R. A., Hogan, P.J., and Jolly, E. (1989). A test of predictive models for fluvial sandstone architecture in varying subsidence regimes. Fourth International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Barcelona-Sitges, Spain.
  • Burbank, D.W., Beck, R.A., and Mulder, T.J. (1989). Plio-Pleistocene fluvial depostion in the Northwestern Himalayan Foreland Basin. Fourth International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Barcelona-Sitges, Spain.
  • Beck, R.A., and Vondra, C.F. (1985). Sedimentary-tectonic model for Laramide basement-thrusting: Timing of deformation. Geological Society of America .
  • Beck, R.A., and Vondra, C.F. (1985). Syntectonic sedimentation and Laramide basement thrusting, Rocky Mountain Foreland, Wyoming, U.S.A.. International Symposium on Foreland Basins, Fribourg Switzerland.
  • Beck, R.A., Kvale, E.P., and Vondra, C.F. (1987). Early Jurassic? through Early Eocene thrust-modulated sedimentary facies associations: Cordilleran thrust belt/foreland complex. Geological Society of America .
  • Burbank, D.W., Beck, R.A., and Talling, P. (1992). Controls on fluvial geometries exerted by tectonically modulated base-level changes. Geological Society of America .
  • Burbank, D.W., and Beck, R.A. (1990). long-term rates of erosion in NW Pakistan. National Meeting, American Geophysical Union.
  • Burbank, D.W., Beck, R.A., and Mulder, T.J. (1989). -Pleistocene (3.5-1.5 Ma) Fluvial deposition in the northwestern Himalayan foreland basin. Fourth International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Barcelona-Sitges, Spain.
  • Burbank, D.W., Beck, R.A., and Tahirkheli, R.A.K. (1988). Neogene to Quaternary deposition and deformation in the northwestern Himalayan foreland basin . The Neogene of the Karakoram and Himalaya.
  • Filkins, J.E., Olander, J.D., and Beck, R.A. (1986). Geochemical and mineralogical analysis of the Tatman Formation, Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. A.A.P.G. Annual Convention, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.
  • Kvale, E.P., and Beck, R.A. (1985). Thrust-controlled sedimentation patterns of earliest Cretaceous non-marine sequence on the Montana-Idaho-Wyoming foreland basin. Geological Society of America .
  • Olander, J., Beck, R.A., and Filkins, J.E. (1985). Sedimentology of the Eocene Tatman Formation, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Third International Fluvial Conference, I.A.S.-S.E.P.M., Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Wu, L., Beck, R.A., and Biggs, D.L. (1983). washability study of sized upper Freeport coal and its pyrite content:. Geological Society of America.

Poster Presentations

  • Rettig, A., and Beck, R.A. (2010). An Open Geospatial Consortium Standards-based Arctic Climatology Sensor Network Prototype American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

Honors & Awards

  • Dean's List , Sigma Gamma Epsilon, 1982.
  • Departmental Service Award, 1983.
  • Pick of the Year, 1984.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (World Cultural Geography), 1984.
  • Achievement Reward for College Scientist Fellowship, 1987 to 1988.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Peshawar, Pakistan , 1987 to 1988.
  • Achievement Reward for College Scientist Fellowship, 1988 to 1989.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1988 to 1989.
  • Achievement Reward for College Scientist Fellowship, 1989 to 1990.
  • AMOCO Best Paper Award, 1995.
  • Applied Research Award (Research Sabbatical), 1996.
  • 2002 NASA Glenn Research Center OhioView-AmericaView Service Award, 2002.
  • USGS EROS Data Center AmericaView Vision Award, 2002.
  • NASA Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) Award , 2004. Exceptional Progress toward the Science and Engineering-Driven Architectures and Technologies Objective, Presented July 14, 2004- Ground Truthing Team .

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2009Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1999 to 2009, Research Faculty, Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati.
  • 2005 to 2006, Visiting Asst. Professor, International Center for Water Resources Management, Central State University .
  • 1995 to 1999, Assistant Professor, Geology - Miami University.
  • 1994 to 1995, Research Assistant, University of Southern California, LA, CA.
  • 1993 to 1994, Visiting Scholar, M.I.T. .
  • 1991 to 1992, Contractor-consultant, Amoco Pakistan Expl. Co., Pakistan.
  • 1989 to 1991, Research Assistantship, University of Southern California, LA, CA.
  • 1988 to 1989, Fulbright Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 1987 to 1988, Fulbright Fellowship, true.
  • 1985 to 1986, Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California.
  • 1984 to 1985, Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University.
  • 1983 to 1984, Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University.
  • 1981 to 1982, Undergraduate Research, Ames Laboratory, USDOE, Coal.
  • 2006Participating Guest, Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab.
  • 2004Visiting Scientist, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 2003Visiting Scientist, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 2002Visiting Scientist, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 2001Visiting Scientist, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 2000Visiting Scientist, NASA Glenn Research Center.
  • 1998Visiting Scientist, NASA Glenn Research Center.
  • 1996 to 1998, Field Methods Instructor, Miami U. Geol. Field Station.
  • 1988Research Assistant, U.S.C..
  • 1987Research Assistant, U.S.C..
  • 1987Research Assistant, U.S. Army .
  • 1986Field Camp TA , White Mountains, CA, U.S.C. .
  • 1985Field Camp TA , Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, I.S.U.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 01-2010, Short Course, University of Tromsoe, Norway.
  • 06-2005, Short Course, Capitol Planning Commission.
  • 07-2004, Short Course, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 07-2001, Short Course, USGS EROS Data Center.
  • 1999, Short Course, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • 1996, Short Course, NASA-NOAA-JPL, Pasadena, CA.
  • 1994, Short Course, NASA-NOAA-JPL, Pasadena, CA.

Service

  • Representative, University of Cincinnati Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate , 2010 to 2013
  • Committee Member, Dept. Geography Merit Pay ,
  • Member, Dept. Geography Undergraduate Curriculum,
  • Review Board/Panel, Association of American Geographers Teaching Geography of South Asia , 2010
  • Member, Army HALE Executive Steering Committee ,
  • Member, GIESN Executive Steering Committee ,

Courses Taught

  • 15-GEOG-211 GEOG OF LATIN AMER
    Level: Undergraduate

  • World Cultural Geography

  • 15-GEOG-111 PHYSICAL GEOG LAB

  • Introductory Geology

  • 15-GEOL-104 ENVIRONMENT GEO I

  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

  • 15-GEOL-103 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

  • Field Methods (Classroom and Summer Field Camp)

  • 15-GEOG-576 PRIN REMOTE SENSING

  • Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS (Hyperspectral)

  • 15-GEOG-580 INTRO TO GIS

  • Applied Geographic Information Systems

  • 15-GEOG-581 GIS ENVIR APPLIC

  • 15-GEOG-742 GRANT PREPARATION