James A. (Drew) Hyatt

Welcome to my website. I am a geomorphology professor and proud member of the Department of Environmental Earth Science having come to Eastern from Canada, by way of south Georgia. Since the fall of 1999 I have taught a variety of courses that include introductory geology, natural disasters, first-year experiences, landform analysis, field methods, process geomorphology and a range of undergraduate research courses. My research has focused on student-centered projects that examine surface and near-surface geologic environments (many of the image banners on this site reflect this work).

My academic background began with graduate training at Queen’s University in Canada investigating ground ice and ground thermal regimes around reservoirs and at natural exposures in the eastern Canadian Arctic. After graduate school I taught at Valdosta State University in Georgia for 6 years where I conducted research that examined sinkholes, lacustrine sedimentary records and the development of large erosional gullies. Since coming to Eastern, I have continued to examine natural and human-induced landscape change at sites in Eastern Connecticut (with some additional field work in Georgia and Greenland). My research embeds undergraduate research opportunities, most commonly using laser scanning, ground penetrating radar, various coring techniques, multimedia, and very recently photogrammetric software. Topics for this work have included: inferring environmental change from sedimentary records, detailed mapping of the geomorphic sites, transdisciplinary work merging Art and Geology, development of educational resources, and very recently scanning, image-mapping, and photogrammetric analysis of tracksites at Dinosaur State Park in CT.