Dante's Peak, Death Valley, Calif.
Brent J. Zaprowski
Associate Professor of Geology
Department of Geography and Geosciences
Salisbury University

Ph.D. in Geology, Lehigh University, 2001

M.S. in Geology, University of New Hampshire, 1998

B.S. in Geology, Edinboro University, 1996

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico
GEOL 211 - Sediment Analysis GEOG 311 - Coastal Processes labs and links GEOG 411 - Geomorphology labs and other links
 
At the top of Borah Peak, Idaho

Click here for Playing Wegner Lab companion site to the JGE article published by Zaprowski and Clyde, 1999

Click here for Stream Piracy Lab
companion site to the JGE article published by Zaprowski, Evenson and Epstein, 2002

 

 


 
Curriculum Vitae

Brent J. Zaprowski, Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Geosciences

Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD 21801

bjzaprowski@salisbury.edu

410-677-5308

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Geology, Lehigh University, 2001

Dissertation Title: “The geomorphic evolution of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Adjacent High Plains during the late Cenozoic: Knickzone propagation.”

M.S. Geology, University of New Hampshire, 1998

Thesis Title: “The geologic and climatic history of a salt marsh along the Squamscott River, southeastern New Hampshire.”

B.S. Geology, minor in chemistry, Edinboro University of PA, 1996

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Quaternary geology, nearshore processes, sedimentary processes, geomorphology, historical geology, environmental geology and paleoclimatology.

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Stamm, J.F., Hendricks, R.R., Sawyer, F.J., Mahan, S.A., Zaprowski, B.J., Geibel, N.M., and Azzolini, D.C. (2013). “Late Quaternary stream piracy and strath terrace formation along the Belle Fourche and lower Cheyenne Rivers, South Dakota and Wyoming.” Geomorphology v. 197, p. 10–20. 

Ward, L.G., Zaprowski, B.J., Trainer, K.D., and Davis, P.T. (2008). “Stratigraphy, pollen history and geochronology of tidal marshes in a Gulf of Maine estuarine system: Climatic and relative sea level impacts” Marine Geology, v. 256, p. 1-17.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2005). Modeling the Effects of Glacial Isostasy on Stream Terrace Formation. Pennsylvania Geographical Society Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, Volume XII. 40 p.

Zaprowski, B.J and Floyd, J (2005). “Modeling the Effects of Glacial Isostacy on Stream Terrace Formation”. The Pennsylvania Geographer, v. 43, no.1, p. 3-20.

Zaprowski, B. J., Pazzaglia, F.J. and Evenson, E.B. (2005). Climatic influences on profile concavity and river incision. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, F03004, doi:10.1029/2004JF000138.

Chen, M., Johnson, K., Parrott, C., McAllister, M., Skeeter, B., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2003). Developing a county-level GIS system for coastal emergency planning and management: problems and promises. In Proceedings of the 13th Biennial Coastal Zone Conference, Baltimore, MD, July 13-17, 2003. NOAA/CSC/20322-CD. Charleston, SC: NOAA Coastal Services Center.

Zaprowski, B.J., Evenson, E.B., and Epstein, J.B. (2002). Stream piracy in the Black Hills: A geomorphology lab exercise. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 50, p. 380-388.

Zaprowski, B.J., Evenson, E.B., Pazzaglia, F.J., and Epstein, J.B. (2001). Knickzone propagation in the Black Hills: A different perspective on the late Cenozoic exhumation of the Laramide Rocky Mountains. Geology, v. 29, n. 6, p. 547-550.

Zaprowski, B.J. and Clyde, W.C. (1999). Playing Wegner in a mock world - A laboratory exercise for introductory earth-history classes. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 47, p. 336-340.

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Zaprowski, B.J. (2013) An Introduction to Oceans and Coasts, Kendall-Hunt, 159 p.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2011). Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science Laboratory Manual, 5th ed., Kendall-Hunt, 101 p.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2009). Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science, 2nd ed.. Kendall-Hunt (e-book)

Zaprowski, B.J. (2008). Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science Laboratory Manual, 4th ed., Kendall-Hunt, 115 p.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2006). Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science. Kendall-Hunt, 587 p.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2005). Earth and Beyond: An Introduction to Earth-Space Science Laboratory Manual 3rd Ed., Kendall-Hunt, 121 p.

Zaprowski, B.J., Skeeter, B.R., and Harris, D.W. (2004). Lab Manual for Introduction to Earth/Space Science. 2nd Ed., McGraw Hill, New York, 122 p.

Zaprowski, B.J., Skeeter, B.R., and Harris, D.W. (2003). Lab Manual for Introduction to Earth/Space Science. McGraw Hill, New York, 125 p.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2000). Surficial Geology of the Spearfish Quadrangle, Lawrence County, South Dakota. Reston, VA, U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP Report.

Zaprowski, B. J. (1999). Surficial Geology of the Chicken Creek Quadrangle, Lawrence and Butte Counties, South Dakota. Reston, VA, U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP Report.

PAPERS PRESENTED

Nicholson, R.C. and Zaprowski, B.J. (2012).Boulders on Delmarva? An Investigation into the Source and Mechanisms by Which Boulders Were Deposited on Delmarva.” Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-3, Salisbury, MD.

Hendricks, R., Sawyer, J.F., Stamm, J., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2010). Timing of the Belle Fourche-Little Missouri River stream piracy event and related Black Hills terraces systems from optically stimulated luminance dating techniques, Wyoming and South Dakota. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 181. 

Stamm, J.F., Hendricks, R., Mahan, S.A., Zaprowski, B.J. and Geibel, N.E. (2010). Late Pleistocene to early Holocene terrace deposits of the lower Cheyenne River, South Dakota. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 181.

Stamm, J.F., Geibel, N.E., Mahan, S.A., Zaprowski, B.J. and Azzolini, D. (2010). Ages of Alluvial Terrace Deposits and dynamics of the Cheyenne and Belle Fourche Rivers, South Dakota, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 3.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2009) Using E-books to Teach Introductory Earth Science Courses: Thoughts and Perspectives, Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Oct. 24, 2009.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2008) Using Google Earth in Introductory Earth Science Courses, Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Oct. 31st, 2008.

Baker, S., Burzynski, G., Tragert, C., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2007). Floral Composition Signifying The Paleoclimate of the Delmarva Peninsula During the Holocene: A Palynological Approach. Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs. 

Burzynski, G., Tragert, C., Baker, S. and Zaprowski, B.J. (2006). Floral Composition of the Delmarva Peninsula during the Holocene: Preliminary Data. Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, October 27-28.

Geleta, S.B., Briand, C.H., Miller, I.K., Clark, K.C., Zaprowski, B.J. and Folkoff, M.E. (2006). Cemetery soils: A window on the past? 18th World Congress of Soil Science.

Burke, R.M., Redwine, J., Zaprowski, B. J., Bowers, R., and Evenson, E., (2004). Soil Chronosequence Investigations of Knickzone Migrations that Resulted in Fluvial Terraces of the Belle Fourche and Cheyenne Rivers, South Dakota, Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 5.

Zaprowski, B.J., (2004). Modeling the Effects of Glacial Isostacy on Stream Terrace Formation, Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, November 5-6.

Burton, S.B., Geotz, S.L., Ham, N.L., and Zaprowski, B.J., (2004). Paleodischarge Based On Channel Morphology vs. Actual Discharge Measurements for a Recently-Abandoned Glacial Stream, Matanuska Glacier, Alaska. Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, No. 2.

Chen, M., Johnson, K., Parrott, C., McAllister, M., Skeeter, B., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2003). Developing a county-level GIS system for coastal emergency planning and management: problems and promises. 13th Biennial Coastal Zone Conference.

Zaprowski, B.J. and Pazzaglia, F.J., (2003). Investigations into landscape evolution through the EDMAP program. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 35, No. 6.

Zaprowski, B.J., (2002). Digital Elevation Models: A new educational tool for teaching geomorphology. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, No.1.

Zaprowski, B.J. and Pazzaglia, F.J., (2002). Using GIS to estimate climatic influences on river incision. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, No. 6.

Zaprowski, B.J., (2001). A study of the relationship between stream concavity and climate using Digital Elevation Models. Pennsylvania Geographic Society Annual Meeting, Johnstown, PA.

Pazzaglia, F.J., Wisniewski, P.A., and Zaprowski, B.J., (2001). The Fluvial Record of Rocky Mountain Epeirogeny - A Review. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, n. 5, p. 51.

Zaprowski, B.J., Ward, L.G. and Davis, P.T., (1999). The impact of European colonization on an estuarine salt marsh. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, v. 31, No. 1. *Winner – Best Graduate Student Presentation

Zaprowski, B.J., Davis, P.T., and Ward, L.G., (1999). The use of pine pollen to refine accretion rate measurements in a New England Salt Marsh. GSA Program with Abstracts, v. 31, No. 6.

GRANTS AWARDED

Zaprowski, B.J. (2013) “14C Dating of Millpond Deposits.Salisbury Foundation Grants Committee ($900). Zaprowski, B.J. (2013). “The Fate of Millponds in Wicomico County – A Sedimentological Study.” Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment ($3,200).  Zaprowski, B.J. (2012). “Boulders on Delmarva? An investigation into the source and mechanism by which boulders were deposited in Delmarva.” Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment ($3,200).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2010). Project director for "Science Nights at SU". This is part of the “Bridges for SUCCESS” (Salisbury University’s Connections to Careers for Every STEM Student) five-year $996,303 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to increase the number of STEM graduates.

Zaprowski, B.J. (2008). “14C Dating of Peats from a marsh along Chicone Creek, MD.”  Henson Dean’s Grant. ($300).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2007). “When Did Native Americans Start Clearing The Delmarva Peninsula?” Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment ($3,200).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2007) “14C Dating of Peats from a Bog Near Snow Hill, MD.” Salisbury Foundation Grants Committee ($540)

Zaprowski, B.J. (2007). “14C Dating of Peats from a Bog Near Snow Hill, MD.”  Henson Dean’s Grant. ($360).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2006). “A Study of the Change in Flora on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland during the Holocene: Geologic Site Analysis.” Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment ($2,800).

Galeta, S.B., Briand, C.H., Zaprowski, B.J. and Folkoff, M.E. (2003-2006). “Early Colonial Soils of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.” Henson School Faculty Enhancement Grant ($3,500).

Chen, M., Johnson, K., Parrott, C., McAllister, M., Skeeter, B., and Zaprowski, B.J.  (2003) “Development of an Emergency Management GIS system for Somerset County Health Department.” Somerset County Health Department ($10,000).

Phipps-Dickerson, M., Folkoff, M.E., Scott, M.S., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2002). “Development of an On-Site Sewage Systems Inventory in Wicomico County, Maryland”. Maryland Department of Natural Resources ($23,260).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2002). “Are fluvial terraces in the Black Hills of South Dakota Time Transgressive in Nature?” Henson School Faculty Enhancement Grant ($1,800).

Zaprowski, B.J. (2002). “Are fluvial terraces in the Black Hills of South Dakota Time Transgressive in Nature?” Salisbury Foundation Grants Committee ($410).

Venso, A., Frana, M., Phipps-Dickerson, M., Folkoff, M.E., Scott, M. and Harris, D. (2001). “Concentrations, species and potential sources of fecal coliform bacteria at swimming areas on the Wicomico River, Maryland.” Maryland Department of Natural Resources ($111,000). *I was a participant in this grant

STUDENT RESEARCH SUPERVISED

16. Brie Puican - did a field project during the summer of 2012 with funding from a Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment. She did a detailed sedimentological study of core extracted from a local mill pond. 15. Chris Nicholson – Chris did a field project during the summer of 2012 with funding from a Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment. Chris investigated to origin of large boulders found in parts of the Delmarva Peninsula. Chris then presented his work at the Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-3, in Salisbury, MD. Robert took second place in the student paper contest at the meeting. (Summer-Fall 2012)

14. Jessica Carey and Rachel Giraldi – Jessica and Rachel finished the work started by Ashley, Stephen and Samantha. (Summer and Fall 2008)

13. Ashley Sedorovich, Stephen Feetham and Samantha Gibbes – Ashley, Stephen and Samantha are continuing the pollen work started by Greg, Scott, Carrie and Jason. This project involves using pollen to determine the impact of Native Americans on the forest of Delmarva. Stephen worked during the summer funded by the Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowment: When Did Native Americans Start Clearing The Delmarva Peninsula?” (current)

12. Jason Tuel – Jason joined Greg, Scott and Carrie in their pollen research and helped in extracting and analyzing several more new cores from the Lower Eastern Shore for pollen extraction and analysis. (spring 2007)

11. Greg Burzynski and Scott Baker – Greg and Scott each spent the summer continuing the pollen work started in spring 2006 through funding from a Guerrieri Undergraduate Research Endowments (Greg was sponsored by Kim Hunter). Greg presented his work at the Pennsylvania Geographical Society’s annual meeting in October 2006, while Scott presented the results of his work at the 2007 GSA Northeastern Sectional Meeting in Durham, NH (summer 2006)

                Burzynski, G., Tragert, C., Baker, and Zaprowski, B.J. (2006). Floral Composition of the Delmarva Peninsula during the Holocene: Preliminary Data. Pennsylvania Geographical Society Annual Meeting, October 27-28.

 

Baker, S., Burzynski, G., Tragert, C., and Zaprowski, B.J. (2007) Floral Composition Signifying The Paleoclimate of the Delmarva Peninsula During the Holocene: A Palynological Approach. Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs.

10. Carrie Tragert – Carrie was awarded a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant for the summer of 2006. Carrie conducted geologic mapping along the coast of Maine for 6 weeks. Carrie presented the results of her work at the 2007 GSA Northeastern Sectional Meeting in Durham, NH. (summer 2006)

Gilbert, A., Tragert, C., Bampton, M., and Swanson, M. (2007). Seguin Island, Maine: The Use of Digital Mapping Techniques in Environmental Analysis. Geological Society of America (GSA) Abstracts with Programs.

9. Greg Burzynski, Scott Baker and Carrie Tragert – Greg, Scott and Carrie cored a freshwater bog outside Snow Hill in the spring of 2006. Greg, Scott and Carrie extracted the pollen from the sediments in order to catalogue changes in vegetation through the Holocene. (spring 2006)

8. Kelsey Scheitlin and Steve Jacobs – Estimated the rates of chemical weathering for the Eastern Shore based on the depth of lettering in hundreds of tombstones. Kelsey and Steve received a Henson Undergraduate Research Grant to support their study. Kelsey presented their results at the Salisbury University Student Research Conference (SUSRC): “Determining rates of chemical erosion for the lower Eastern shore using Tombstones.” (2004-2005)

7. Sarah Williams, Ben Berbert, and Erica Rhoades – Measured the changes in sand grain size before and after a major hurricane. Sarah, Ben and Erica received a Henson Undergraduate Research Grant to support their study. Sarah, Ben and Erica presented their results at the SUSRC: “Hurricane Isabel's Effect on Beach Sediment, Assateague Island” (2004-2005)

6. Abagail Hall – Surveyed graveyards on the Eastern Shore as part of the Colonial Soils study being conducted by the Biology and Geography departments. Abby received a grant from the Perdue School to support her work. (2004)

5. Research advisor for Deanna Felix - “Rates of Soil Erosion in Wicomico County estimated using gravestones”. (2004)

4. Josh Floyd – Simulated the effects of glacial downwarping on stream terrace formation using a stream table. Josh received a Henson Undergraduate Research Grant to support his study. Josh presented his work at the SUSRC: “The Effects of Glacial Isostacy on Stream Terrace Formation.” Josh also co-authored a paper with me in The Pennsylvania Geographer. (2003-2004)

Zaprowski, B.J and Floyd, J. (2005) “Modeling the Effects of Glacial Isostacy on Stream Terrace Formation”. The Pennsylvania Geographer, v. 43, no. 1, p 3-21.

3. Sarah Burton – Was awarded a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant to study paelochannel characteristics of an abandonded stream at the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska. Sarah presented her work at a regional meeting of the Geological Society of America. (2003-2004)

Burton, Sarah Beth, Goetz, Staci L., Ham, Nelson R, and Zaprowski, Brent J., (2004). Paleodischarge Based On Channel Morphology vs. Actual Discharge Measurements for a Recently-Abandoned Glacial Stream, Matanuska Glacier, Alaska. GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 36, No. 3.

2. John Burcaro – Used GIS to determine stream profile concavity for rivers in North Dakota. (2002)

1. Stacy Blanchard – Spent a summer studying the change in sand sizes at Assateague Island National Seashore. Stacey presented her results at the SUSRC. (2001-2002)

Talks/lectures/COURSES PResented:

  • Instructor, Gifted and Talented Summer Scholars Program, Wor-Wic Community College, July 2010
  • Lecturer, Boy Scout College – Geology Merit Badge, February and March 2010
  • Hosted a den of Cub Scouts at SU to earn their geology badges, January 2010

  • Instructor, Gifted and Talented Summer Scholars Program, Wor-Wic Community College, July 2009
  • Lecturer, Boy Scout College – Geology Merit Badge, February and March 2009
  • Guest lecturer, North Salisbury Elementary School – “Rocks and Minerals”, October 2008
  • Hosted a den of Cub Scouts at SU to earn their geology badges, October 2008
  • Guest lecturer, Maryland Coast Day – “Beach processes and beach erosion”, September 2008
  • Instructor, Gifted and Talented Summer Scholars Program, Wor-Wic Community College, July 2008
  • Guest lecturer, Salisbury Lions Club, “Aquifers of Delmarva”, January 2008
  • Presentation at Pinehurst Elementary School: “Fossils of Maryland”, October 2007
  • Taught geology at the Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts’ Summer Camp, Scandia, PA, July 2007
  • Guest lecturer, Maryland Coast Day, Assateague State Park, “Beach processes and beach erosion”, September 2007
  • Hosted a den of Cub Scouts at SU to earn their geology badges, November 2006 and January 2007
  • Presentation at Bennett Middle School: “Fossils of Marlyand”, November 2006
  • Gave a talk on beach erosion for the Dorchester County Library, August 2006
  • Lectured at the Eastern Shore Science Teachers’ Consortium, July-August 2006
  • Gave a talk on tsunamis for the Dorchester County Library, August 2005
  • Gave a luncheon talk on tsunamis for a senior citizens group, April 2005
  • Hosted a den of Cub Scouts at SU to earn their geology badges, November 2004
  • Participated in GEAR-UP,  February and April 2004
  • Presentation for the Boy Scouts: “Fossils of Calvert Cliffs”, November 2003
  • Presentation at Pocomoke Middle School: “Fossils of Maryland”, November 2003
  • Presentation at Excel Science Center, “Fossils of Maryland”, October 2003
  • Hosted local 4-H club for lecture on rocks and minerals, June 2003
  • Hosted Seaford School students for lecture on rocks and minerals, May 2003
  • Hosted local 4-H club for lecture on rocks and minerals, April 2003

Interviews given:

  • T.V. interview with WBOC about the Gulf oil spill and well capping (Broadcast on July 15th 2010)

  • T.V. interview with WBOC on the effects of the Iceland Volcano (Broadcast April 20th 2010)

  • T.V. interview with WBOC on the effects of the Haiti earthquake (Broadcast on Jan 15th 2010)

  • T.V. interview with the local cable access channel about the new Earth Science program at SU (Broadcast August and September 2009)
  • Newspaper interview for the Daily Times about oil drilling in the U.S, June 2008
  • Newspaper interview for Daily Times about boulders discovered in Accomack County, VA, October 2007
  • Newspaper interview for Daily Times about the Delmarva aquifers, August 2007
  • Newspaper interview for Somerset Harold about Delmarva aquifers, August 2007
  • Ph.D. research interview, "Taking Care of the Self: Developing a Framework of Faculty Role-Set Management." March 2007
  • Magazine interview for Shore magazine on the potential impacts of a hurricane on the Eastern Shore, Spring 2006
  • Phone interview about beach erosion for the Washingtonian Magazine, November 2005
  • T.V. interview with WMDT-TV, Channel 47 about Mt. St. Helens, October 2004
  • T.V. interview with WMDT-TV, Channel 47 on the effects of Hurricane Isabel on Oysters (Broadcast on Sept. 20th 2003)
  • News interview with WMDT-TV, Channel 47 about the paleochannel aquifer, October 2002