Department of Geography and the Environment

Timothy Beach

ProfessorPh.D., University of Minnesota

Professor - C. B. Smith, Sr., Centennial Chair
Timothy Beach


  • Phone: (512) 232-2064
  • Office: CLA 3.306
  • Office Hours: Spring 2015- Th: 5-6; F: 2-3; other times by appointment; please email
  • Campus Mail Code: A3100


Geoarchaeology, Soil Geomorphology, and Paleoenvironments of the Maya World and Mediterranean


Dr. Tim Beach is the former Cinco Hermanos Chair and Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University, Director of Georgetown’s Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA), and Head of its Center for the Environment.

He has conducted field research with hundreds of students on geomorphology and geoarchaeology in the Corn Belt of the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, Iceland, and Germany funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, USAID, and Georgetown University. These sixty plus field seasons have been the bases for more than eighty peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of scientific presentations and many keynote addresses around the world. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, geomorphology, water, environmental change, and geoarchaeology.

He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and awarded Guggenheim and Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships, the G.K. Gilbert Award in Geomorphology in 2010 (along with his co-author), Georgetown University’s only Distinguished Research Award in 2010, and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service's only Faculty of the Year for Teaching Excellence in 2014. Dr. Beach has taught twenty-three different courses in environmental and physical geography (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, soil and agricultural systems, and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy.



GRG 333K • Climate Change

36650 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 3.102

Course Description:

This course will survey the causes of changes in climatic systems over both short and long time periods and their consequences for landscape dynamics, biogeography, land use, sustainability, and vulnerability. The first part of the course will introduce the study of climates from an earth systems approach. Implications of differences in climate for carbon, biodiversity, and humans will be discussed. The second part of the course will look at historical and current climate change trends and controls worldwide, including coverage of the different scientific methods used for studies of these processes. We will build towards developing the expertise to critically evaluate future climate scenarios using environmental and socio-ecological approaches.

Students are expected to read the assigned readings and participate actively in class. The exams will test knowledge, vocabulary, and ability to explain and apply information.  The class projects and writing assignment will work on the ability to synthesize and communicate on scientific issues associated with climate change.


Assumes background from GRG 301C, GRG 301K, or an equivalent course.

GRG 396T • Soil Geomorphology

36830 • Spring 2015
Meets W 100pm-400pm CLA 3.102

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic description: Aspects of soil geomorphology: soil formation, earth surface processes (erosion, sedimentation, and salinization) soil sustai nability, and landscape interactions in the Mediterranean, Mexico, and t he American Corn Belt. Will explore management and policy, soil interact ions in watersheds, and field and laboratory methods through readings, l abs, and field trips.


GRG 396T • Geoarchaeology Of Mesoamerica

37725 • Fall 2014
Meets W 1200pm-300pm CLA 2.606

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

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