Tenure-Track Faculty

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Kenneth Hinkel

Kenneth M Hinkel

Title: Professor, McMicken Scholar
Office: 400F Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3430


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Michigan, 1986.
  • M.S. , University of Michigan, 1982 (Physical Geography).
  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Michigan State University, 1976 (Geography).


Research Areas: Periglacial and process geomorphology; Computer applications in statistical, numerical and cartographic techniques in the earth sciences; Surface energy exchange as it relates to microclimatology; Physics, mechanics and petrology of naturally occurring ice formations

My general interest in the Earth Sciences focuses on the topic of "surficial processes," a study of the physical and chemical processes that occur near the earth&39;s surface. The interdisciplinary nature of the discipline is reflected in my training, as I have degrees in both Physical Geography (MS) and Geology (Ph.D). I have been conducting climate and geomorphological research in polar regions for the past 30 years, with continuous funding from the National Science Foundation. I have published over 100 research articles, books and book chapters, serve on several editorial boards, and I am past-President of the United States Permafrost Association.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 2020C - The Human Impact on the Natural Environment

Selected Publications

  • Hinkel, K. M., C. D. Arp, A. Townsend-Small, and K. E. Frey (2016), Can Deep Groundwater Influx be Detected from the Geochemistry of Thermokarst Lakes in Arctic Alaska?, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes.
  • Hinkel, K. M., Y. Sheng, J. D. Lenters, E. A. Lyons, R. A. Beck, W. R. Eisner, and J. Wang (2012), Thermokarst Lakes on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska: Geomorphic Controls on Bathymetry, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 23(3), 218-230.
  • Hinkel, K. M., and F. E. Nelson (2012), Spatial and temporal aspects of the lake effect on the southern shore of Lake Superior, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 109(3-4), 415-428.
  • Hinkel, K. M., Z. Lin, Y. Sheng, and E. A. Lyons (2012), Regional lake ice meltout patterns near Barrow, Alaska, Polar Geography, 35(1), 1-18.
  • Hinkel, K. M., B. M. Jones, W. R. Eisner, C. J. Cuomo, R. A. Beck, and R. Frohn (2007), Methods to assess natural and anthropogenic thaw lake drainage on the western Arctic coastal plain of northern Alaska, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 112(2).

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 William and Anne Manierre Award for publication of primary research in the Huron Mountains, presented by the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation.
  • 2010 Francois Emile Matthes Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Cryospheric Sciences, presented by the Cryosphere Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers;