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Department of Geography and Geology - Jason Polk

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Dr. Polk is an Associate Professor of Geoscience and Director of the Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) and the HydroAnalytical Lab .

He earned his doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy. Dr. Polk's current research investigates climate change, water resources and sustainability, isotope hydrology and geochemistry, karst resource management, and global climate dynamics. His teaching interests include Karst Environments, Geomorphology, Environmental Isotope Geochemistry, Water Resources, and others.

Dr. Polk is a Fellow of the National Speleological Society,co-Director of the North Atlantic Climate Change Collaboration Project (NAC3), and Guest Professor at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. He conducts research in various places all over the world, including the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, South America, and Iceland with expertise karst geoscience, paleoclimate reconstruction, climate teleconnection dynamics, multi-proxy climate record analytics, hydrologic monitoring, water quality and quantity assessment, and isotope geochemistry.

Dr. Polk serves as Faculty Advisor of the Green River Grotto Student Organization. He is an active member of the National Speleological Society, Geological Society of America (serving as Vice Chair of the Karst Division), American Geophysical Union, American Geophysical Union as well as being a Special Lecturer for the International Atomic Energy Agency. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the internationally renowned The $100 Solution™ non-profit service learning organization. Please contact him at or 270.745.5015 or visit for more information.

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