Robert Young

Associate Professor

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences
Office: SCI 214
Phone: 250.807.9523

Research Summary

Glacial and fluvial processes; landforms and landscapes; environments of the quaternary, as determined by physical and biological systems.

Courses & Teaching

Quaternary glacial environments and geomorphology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, historical geology. Specifically: EESC/GEO 222 Geomorphology; EESC/GEOG 356 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy; EESC 431 Quaternary Glacial Environments; GEOG 317 Environments of BC


PhD, Physical Geography, University of Calgary
MSc, Physical Geography, University of Alberta
BSc, Physical Geography, University of Alberta

Research Interests & Projects

I really tend to live in the past, and am fascinated with the world that we’ve inherited from Pleistocene times. I delve into reconstructing the events and environments of the past using sedimentology, stratigraphy (physical and biological), and geomorphology. It’s interesting to me that the axiom “The Present is the Key to the Past” may not be completely accurate since there is ample evidence that past events and environments may have no present analogues. My courses and research tend to include a range of environments and events that are indicated from numerous lines of evidence.



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