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,
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 email@example.com or 270.745.5015 or visit www.wkuchnges.com for more information.