Professor Emeritus of Geology

Roe R. Cross
Distinguished Professor

Earth Science Department
Emporia State University

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James S. Aber has been a member of the ESU faculty since 1980, before which he was on the faculty at Chadron State College, Nebraska. His primary teaching and research interests include geomorphology, glacial and Quaternary geology, structural and tectonic geology, remote sensing and GIS, and history of geology. During the past few years, he has developed a strong interest in Holocene environments, including wetland habitats and global climate change. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.

Address Information

James S. Aber, Earth Science Department, Campus Box 4030, Emporia State University, 1200 Commercial, Emporia, Kansas, 66801-5087, U.S.A.

620-341-5981, E-mail: jaber@emporia.edu

Research areas in Kansas include the glaciated region (northeast), Flint Hills (east-central), Osage Cuestas (southeast), and Cheyenne Bottoms (central). Evolution of Great Plains drainage systems is a special interest. He has also conducted field investigations in Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. He has worked at NASA centers: Johnson, Goddard, and Stennis.

Aber has extensive international experience in North America and Europe. He has conducted field research and lived in several other countries, including: Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and most recently Slovakia. Primary subjects of research in these countries are glacial and Quaternary geology, geomorphology, as well as structural geology and tectonics.

Aber has special interest and expertise in glaciotectonics—structural deformation of the crust brought about by glaciation. He has investigated glaciotectonic landforms and structures in many parts of North America and Europe. He maintains an on-line glaciotectonic bibliography and was co-president of the international work group on geospatial analysis of glaciated environments (1995-2003)—GAGE. He recently published a book titled Glaciotectonism with Polish coauthor Andrzej Ber (Elsevier 2007).

Aber's recent work has dealt with applications of remotely sensed and GIS data for geologic and geomorphic problems. Of particular interest are Landsat imagery, space-shuttle photography, and small-format aerial photography—see SFAP. He is also co-director of the campus-wide program in GeoSpatial Analysis—see GSA.

Résumé for James S. Aber


Current courses
GO 326 Plate/Global Tectonics ES 331 Ice Age Environments
ES 341 Wetland Environments ES 351 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
GO 521 History of Geology ES 546 Field Geomorphology
ES 551 Computer Mapping Systems ES 555 Small-Format Aerial Photography
ES 767 Advanced Tectonics ES 771 Remote Sensing
ES 775 Advanced Image Processing ES 739/875 Research Problem/Thesis

Major awards

Professional service and organizations


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. National Research Council, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Slovak Academic Information Agency, North Dakota Geological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks, Kemper Foundation, and Emporia State University.

Selected article, book and map publications

Other activities

Earth Science homepage.
Last update: May 2017.