Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
New Science Building
    Geography & Geology Department
    205 Strong Hall
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
    (734) 487-0218

Dr. Todd Grote

Assistant Professor- Quaternary History, River Systems, Hydroclimatology and Geoarchaeology.

Mark Jefferson 303C
Office: 734.487.7570
Email: tgrote@emich.edu


Ph.D. 2006, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
M.S. 2001, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
B.S. 1997 Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland

Research Interests

Dr. Todd Grote is a geoscientist with an affinity for the outdoors, both for research and recreation. A native of the Appalachians, Todd earned a Ph.D. in Geology from West Virginia University, specializing in the Quaternary Period (the past 2.6 million years) of Earth history. He currently has three main research threads: (1) river responses to climate variability and change, (2) Impacts of ocean-atmosphere teleconnections impacts on the global hydrological cycle, particularly the runoff-stream flow component, and (3) the geoarchaeology of river valleys and coastlines.

Current research projects include

  • Late Quaternary stratigraphy, geomorphology and depositional environments of the Bell Creek floodplain, western New York
  • Deglaciation, geoarchaeology and post-glacial river response to climate variability in the Ohio River headwaters, northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Impact of historic climate variability on stream flow and precipitation in the Allegheny River watershed.
  • Timing and impact of snowmelt flooding on Great Lakes ice break-up.


ESSC 108: Earth Science for Non-Science Majors
ESSC 110: The Dynamic Earth System
ESSC 325: Geomorphology
ESSC 327: Soil Science
ESSC 370: Glacial and Quaternary Geology
ESSC 379 Special Topic: Geoarcheology

Recent Publications

Grote, T. and A. Myers (2012). Preliminary alluvial geoarchaeology of 36FO66 (Indian Camp Run 2), Forest County, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Archaeologist v. 82, p. 32-46.

Fleeger, G., T. Grote, E. Straffin, and J. Szabo (2011). Quaternary geology of Northwestern Pennsylvania, In: R. M. Ruffolo and C. N. Ciampaglio (eds.) From the Shield to the Sea: Geological Field Trips from the 2011 Joint Meeting of the Geological Society of America Northeastern and North-Central Sections, pp. 87-109.

Grote, T. and J.S. Kite (2010). Geomorphology and pedology of a mixed alluvial-colluvial fill deposit in central West Virginia: New insight into Appalachian landscape evolution. Southeastern Geology v. 47:1, p 27-39.