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Nick Lancaster

Desert Research Institute

Academic & Research Interest

Nicholas Lancaster is the world's foremost expert on desert sand dunes. He has worked in deserts in Africa (Namib, Kalahari, northern and western Sahara), Antarctica, and the western United States (Mojave and Sonoran Deserts). His current collaborative research focuses on: (1) Dune sedimentary processes, including the dynamics of lee slope avalanching; (2) Application of remote sensing to assess aeolian transport potential and paleoenvironments in arid regions; (3) Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and optical dating of dune deposits; (4) Influence of vegetation and other roughness elements on wind transport of sand and dust; and (5) Impacts of climatic and sea level change on aeolian processes.


B.A. University of Cambridge
M.A. University of Cambridge
Ph.D. University of Cambridge

Areas of Study

Sediment transport,  

Contact Info

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno,  Nevada   89512
Office: (775) 673-7304