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Professor of Geology


B.A., Geology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1970
M.S., Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1976
Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980

Research Interests

My scientific interests lie in the processes that shape the Earth's surface, the landforms which record those processes, and the stratigraphy which reflects Quaternary evolution of our landscape. Accordingly, I and my students have investigated volcano-tectonism, fault scarp evolution, soil development, evolution of fluvial terrace systems, glacial geology, and past and present climates.

Current Graduate Students

Karen Williams

Selected Publications

1998 Pipp, M. P and Locke, W. W., 1998, Local scale variability in storm snowfall and seasonal snowpack distributions in the Bridger Range, Montana. In Charles Troendle (ed.), Proc. Western Snow Conf., Snowbird, Utah, p. 26-37.

1996 Locke, W.W., Teaching geomorphology through spreadsheet modeling. Geomorphology, vol. 16, p. 251-258.

1995 Locke, W.W., Modeling of icecap glaciation of the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana. Geomorphology, vol. 14, p. 123-130.

1994 Locke, W.W. and Meyer, G.A., A 12,000-year record of vertical deformation across the Yellowstone Caldera margin: The shorelines of Yellowstone Lake. Jour. Geophys. Res., vol. 99, p. 20,079-20,094.

1993 Locke, W.W. and Wyckoff, W.K., A method for assessing the planimetric accuracy of historical maps: The case of the Colorado/Green River system. Prof. Geogr., v. 45, p. 416-424.

1992 Adams, K.D., Locke, W.W., and Rossi, R., Obsidian-hydration dating of fluvially reworked sediments in the West Yellowstone region, Montana. Quat. Res., vol. 38, p. 180-195.

1992 Locke, W.W., Meyer, G.A., and Pings, J.C., Morphology of a post-glacial fault scarp across the Yellowstone (Wyoming) caldera margin, and its implications. Seism. Soc. Am. Bull., vol. 82, p. 511-516.

1990 Locke, W.W., Late Pleistocene glaciers and climate of western Montana, U.S.A. Arctic and Alpine Research, vol. 22, p. 1-13.

1989 Murray, D.L. and Locke, W.W., Dynamics of the Late Pleistocene Big Timber Glacier, Crazy Mountains, Montana, USA. J. Glac., vol. 35, p. 183-190.

1989 Locke, W.W., Present climate and glaciation of western Montana, USA. Arctic and Alpine Research, vol. 21, p. 234-244.