Dr. Robert T. Pavlowsky


Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
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

Additional resources

Media Appearances

Securing natural resources for the Ozarks
Mind's Eye - Missouri State University

The Ozarks region is known for its rich natural resources. Forests. Lakes. Rivers. Streams. And they’re all interconnected. Proper management of these natural resources ensures that they’ll be available for people to enjoy for many years.