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Todd Grote Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geoscience

Life Sciences 151
Phone: (812) 941-2077

Personal Websites

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Geology - Quaternary Geology focus

Professional Interests


Physical Climatology and Meteorology



Glacial and Quaternary Geology

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy


Hello and welcome to my page.  I am a geoscientist with diverse research interests grounded in some combination of hydrology, meteorology/climatology, physical geography, and sedimentary geology. That being said, I think I have finally found my niche after many years of trying out ideas for better or worse, and it is: “past and present atmosphere-cryosphere-hydrosphere interactions”. The path I have taken to where I am today is rather meandering (no pun intended). I have always had an interest in hydrology and floods so I started there and then slowly worked my way into looking a Late Cenozoic alluvial fan and terrace sedimentology as possible indicators of past hydrological and climate conditions (Ph.D. research). That research moved me into the realm of fluvial and hydrologic responses to Quaternary glaciations and climate. I am still in the fluvial archive field, but have also done a U-turn and returned to modern flood hydroclimatology, specifically snowmelt-related flooding throughout Eastern North America, where I have active projects in the Appalachian Highlands and Great Lakes region. On top of that and over the past 10 years or so, I have been working primarily in formerly glaciated landscapes, so I became very interested in the sedimentology of Late Pleistocene ice-contact and proglacial environments and what they could potentially tell us about ice dynamics, hydrology and possibly climate conditions. Using the paradigm "the present is the key to the past", I have recently begun work on modern glaciers with dead/stagnant, debris-covered margins and associated proglacial fluvial processes from the Little Ice Age until present in Alaska as possible analogs for portions of the southern Laurentide Ice Sheet margin.   Finally and also in Alaska, I have begun work on climatological controls of glacial mass balance (glacial meteorology), water storage in snow, firn and ice, and the release of that water during the ablation season.


Journal Articles

  • Grote, T.. (?). A synoptic climatology of rain-on-snow flooding in the Mid-Atlantic Region using NCEP/NCAR Re-Analysis compositing. Physical Geography, accepted (?), ?.
  • Grote, T.. (?). Floodplain stratigraphy and geomorphology in formerly glaciated Northwestern Pennsylvania. Middle States Geographer, In press (?), ?.
  • Grote, T. and E. Straffin. (2019). Analysis of Late Wisconsinan ice-marginal environments in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Geographer, v.17 (1), p. 17-33.
  • Grote, T.. (2019). Evolution of mantled karst along the Blue Ridge-Great Valley margin, USA: An example of subsidence-related sediment accumulation and possible preservation. Acta Carsologica, 48 (3), 283-294.
  • Griggs, C., D. Peteet, B. Kromer, T. Grote, and J. Southon. (2017). A tree-ring chronology and paleoclimate record for the Younger Dryas-Early Holocene transition from northeastern North America. Journal of Quaternary Science, v. 32 (3), p. 341-346.
  • Grote, T.. (2017). Hydroclimatological identification of flood seasonality and generating mechanisms in the upper Allegheny River Basin. Middle States Geographer, v.50 (1), p. 74-81.
  • Grote, T.. (2017). Surficial processes and stratigraphy of alluvial fans along the Blue Ridge-Great Valley border, Central Appalachians. Southeastern Geology, 52 (3), 157-177.