Ryan E. McKeon


Special Instructor GIS/Spatial Analysis & Physical Geography

My teaching and research interests revolve around a desire to understand the evolution of the Earth’s surface and the processes that drive its continued modification.  This work draws upon a wide variety of disciplines from tectonics and geochemistry to spatial analysis and climate science.  Here in the Geography Department I teach students about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how spatial analysis can be used to answer questions, both real-world and academic.  Additionally, I draw on my background in geomorphology and earth system science to assist with field-based courses such as Physical Geography and Biogeography.  I have ongoing research projects in the Appalachians, the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, Northern California, and South Africa and I encourage people to check out my personal website for more info about these projects and my research interests in general.

Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
115 Fairchild
HB 6017
Ph. D. Lehigh University
M.S.c. Montana State University, Bozeman
B.A. The Colorado College

Selected Publications

F.J. Cooper, B.A. Adams, J.D. Blundy, K.A. Farley, Ryan .E. McKeon, A. Ruggiero, “Aridity-induced Miocene canyon incision in the Central Andes”. Geology, 44, 8, p. 675-678.

Amidon, William, Roden-Tice, Mary, Anderson, Alyssa, McKeon, Ryan E., Shuster, David, 2016,  “Late Cretaceous unroofing of the White Mountains, NH: An episode of passive margin rejuvenation?” Geology, 44, 6, p. 415-418.

Farley, Ken A., McKeon, Ryan E., 2015, “Direct dating and thermochronology of Banded Iron Formation- associated hematite, Gogebic iron range, Michigan, U.S.A.” Geology, 43, 12, p. 1083-1086.

McKeon, Ryan E., Zeitler, Peter K., Pazzaglia, Frank J., Idleman, Bruce, Enkelmann, Eva, 2014, “Decay of an old orogen: inferences about Appalachian landscape evolution from low-temperature thermochronology”. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 126, 1-2, p. 31-46.  doi: 10.1130/B30808.1

Kulo, V., Bodzin, A., McKeon, RE., Anastasio, D., Peffer, T., & Sahagian, D. 2013. The Isle of Navitas: Towards a better understanding of energy and decision-making using GIS. In Atkinson, R.K. (Ed.), Learning Environments: Technologies, Challenges and Impact Assessment. Chapter 3, p. 49-67, Nova Publishers, New York.

Kulo, V., Bodzin, A., McKeon, RE., Cirucci, L., Anastasio, D., Sahagian, D., & Peffer, T. 2013. The Isle of Navitas: Planning for energy use with Web GIS. Science Scope, February, p. 30-37.