Dr. Robert T. Pavlowsky


Geography Geology and Planning
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Geography Geology and Planning
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD Geography, 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS Geography, 1989, Rutgers University
  • BS Natural Resource Management-Wildlife Science, 1981, Rutgers University (Cook College)


  • GRY 301 Geography of the Ozarks
  • GRY 348 Geomorphology
  • GRY 470 International Field Experience in Geography (Jamaica)
  • GRY 545/645 Global Environmental Change
  • GRY 550/650 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GRY 731 Environmental Assessment
  • GRY 751 Topics in Advanced Physical Geography (soil geomorphology, watershed hydrology and management)
  • GEO 770 Advanced Field and Laboratory Methods (watershed monitoring techniques)

Professional experience

  • Director, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute

Research and professional interests

  • Fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Surface water hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Climate change and human impacts on watersheds and river systems
  • Nonpoint pollution assessments including urban, mining and rural  land uses

Awards and honors

  • CNAS Excellence in Research Award, MSU College of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2017
  • CNAS Excellence in Service Award, MSU College of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2015
  • Atwood Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, MSU College of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2014
  • CNAS Excellence in Teaching Award, MSU College of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2014
  • Excellence in Public Affairs Award, Missouri State University, 2013
  • Outstanding Thesis Advisor, MSU Graduate College, 2003
  • Fellow in Research, Missouri State University, 2002-2005
  • Excellence in Research Award, Missouri State University, 2001

Professional organizations

  • American Association of Geographers
  • Geological Society of America
  • American Water Resources Association

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