Department Chair of the Department of Environmental, Geology, and Natural Resources and Professor of Geological Sciences
Ph.D. Penn State 1983
B.A. Hope College 1978
Much of my research employs geometric analysis of landscape features to address problems in geomorphology and surface/subsurface hydrologic interactions, with applications to human-environment sustainability. Current studies by myself and students address the irregular forms of watershed boundaries and clustering of space in cave systems. Active field areas include the central and western U.S. and Prince Edward Island, Canada. In interdisciplinary research I have recently completed studies of Capitan Aquifer recharge in New Mexico and geoarchaeology of the Tibes civic/ceremonial site in Puerto Rico.
Rice-Snow, S. (2016) Variable complexity of the US Continental Divide trace: Physical Geography, v. 37, p. 511-530. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2016.1241526
Torres, J.M., Curet, L.A., Rice-Snow, S., Castor, M.J., and Castor, A.K. (2014) Of flesh and stone: Labor investment and regional sociopolitical implications of plaza/batey construction at the ceremonial center of Tibes (A.D. 600-A.D. 1200), Puerto Rico: Latin American Antiquity, v. 25, p. 125-151.
Rice-Snow, S., and Goodbar, J., (2012) Terrain factors in Capitan aquifer recharge, northeastern Guadalupe Escarpment, New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 34, p.15-22.
Rice-Snow, S., and Fluegeman, R.H., (2004) Maintaining a small-group discussion focus while bringing international ocean issues into the large classroom: Jour. Geoscience Ed., v. 52, p. 260-265.
Rice-Snow, S., and Emert, J.W. (2002) A non-stratified model for natural fractal curves: Mathematical Geology, v. 34, p. 543-553.