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Travis Swanson, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Swanson

Travis Swanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geology
Office: Herty 2100D
Phone: 912-478-0337

Academic Background

Postdoc, Rice University

Ph.D, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015

  • Major: Geological Sciences

M.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010

  • Major: Geological Sciences

B.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

  • Major: Hydrogeology / Environmental Geology


My research spans topics in geomorphology, sedimentology, and sedimentary geology. I combine quantitative field methods and numerical modeling to explore the dynamic behavior and sedimentary records of coastal, aeolian, and fluvial sedimentary systems. Please visit my research website for timely research updates, and my Google Scholar profile for my most current publications.


Cardenas, B.T., Swanson, T., Goudge, T.A., Wagner, R.W., and Mohrig, D., 2019, The Effect of Remote Sensing  Resolution Limits on Aeolian Sandstone Measurements and the Reconstruction of Ancient Dune Fields on  Mars: Numerical Experiment Using the Page Sandstone, Earth: Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets,  doi:10.1029/2019JE006191. 

Cardenas, B. T., G. Kocurek, D. Mohrig, T. Swanson, S. Brothers, and C. Hughes, 2019, Preservation of autogenic  processes and allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture II: the scour-fill dominated Jurassic  Page Sandstone, Arizona, Journal of Sedimentary Research.

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, B. T. Cardenas, M. Wolinksy, 2019, Preservation of autogenic processes and  allogenic forcings within set-scale aeolian architecture I: numerical experiments, Journal of Sedimentary Research.  

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, M. Perillo, and J. Venditti, 2017, Bedform spurs: a result of a trailing helical  vortex wake, Sedimentology.  

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, and L. Man, 2017, A surface model for aeolian dune topography,  Mathematical Geosciences

Swanson, T., D. Mohrig, and G. Kocurek, 2016, Aeolian dune sediment flux variability over an annual cycle of  wind, Sedimentology

Eastwood, E. N., G. Kocurek, D. Mohrig, and T. Swanson, 2012, Methodology for reconstructing wind direction,  wind speed and duration of wind events from aeolian cross-strata: Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface., v. 117, p. F03035.

Nowinski, J., M. Bayani Cardenas, A. Lightbody, T. Swanson, and A. H. Sawyer, 2012, Hydraulic and thermal  response of groundwater-surface water exchange to flooding in an experimental aquifer: Journal of Hydrology.

*Gerecht, K., M. Cardenas, A. Guswa, A. Sawyer, J. Nowinski, and T. Swanson, 2011, Dynamics of hyporheic flow  and heat transport across a bed-to-bank continuum in a large regulated river: Water Resources Research, v.  47.

Swanson, T., and M. Cardenas, 2011, Ex-Stream: A MATLAB program for calculating fluid flux through  sediment–water interfaces based on steady and transient temperature profiles: Computers & Geosciences, v.  37, p. 1664-1669.  

Swanson, T., and M. Cardenas, 2010, Diel heat transport within the hyporheic zone of a pool-riffle-pool sequence  of a losing stream and evaluation of models for fluid flux estimation using heat: Limnology and Oceanography, v. 55, p. 1741-1754. 

Last updated: 10/28/2021