Zach Hilgendorf

Ph.D. Geography
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


I am a geomorphologist and currently focus on the effects of vegetation on sediment transport over coastal foredunes. This work utilizes high resolution elevation data collected with terrestrial laser scanners and unmanned aerial vehicles. I am particularly interested in how anthropogenic influences force change within geomorphic systems and how those systems adapt. Ongoing research and interests include the effects of basin overflow on endorheic basins, the effects of hydrologic modification on agricultural systems in the Upper Midwest, and post-glacial landscape evolution in the Upper Midwest.


2018 - M.S. (Geography) - Minnesota State University, Mankato

2015 - B.S. (Environmental Geography) - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

2015 - Certification (Geographic Information Science) - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Research Interests

Coastal Geomorphology

Fluvial Geomorphology

Sediment Trasport

Applied/Restoration Geomorphology


Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
GPH 211 Landform Processes
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
GPH 211 Landform Processes

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