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Affiliated Faculty

  • Department of Geosciences
    University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Department of Geoscience
    University of Wisconsin–Madison


J. Elmo Rawling, III


Contact: Phone (608) 263-6839 | Email elmo.rawling@wisc.edu

Research interests

My research interests are focused on the geomorphology and Quaternary geology of Wisconsin. Recently, my work has focused on glacial geology in the Central Sands, bluff erosion along the shores of Lake Michigan, and Holocene dune formation in Northwest Wisconsin. These projects employ tools such as active seismic surveys, structure from motion elevation models with drone photogrammetry, and optical age estimates that help constrain the stratigraphy and timing of Pleistocene glacial events in Wisconsin. I’m also actively involved in Quaternary mapping projects in Bayfield, Burnett, Oneida, Pierce, and Waushara Counties.

Current projects

My current research projects can be explored through this story map:

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Recent publications

  • Zoet, L.K., Muto, A., Rawling III, J.E. and Attig, J.W. 2019: The effects of tunnel channel formation on the Green Bay Lobe, Wisconsin, USA. Geomorphology, 324, 36-47, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.09.021.
  • Carson, E.C., Rawling III, J.E., Attig, J.W. and Bates, B.R. 2018: Late Cenozoic Evolution of the Upper Mississippi River, Stream Piracy, and Reorganization of North American Mid-Continent Drainage Systems, GSA Today 28, p. 4-11, doi:10.1130/GSATG355A.1.
  • Attig J.W., and Rawling III, J.E. 2017: Influence of persistent buried ice on late glacial landscape development in part of Wisconsin’s Northern Highlands, in Kehew, A.E., and Curry, B.B., eds., Quaternary Glaciation of the Great Lakes Region: Process, Landforms, Sediments, and Chronology: Geological Society of America Special Paper 530, p. 103–114.
  • Zoet L.K., and Rawling III, J.E. 2017: Analysis of a sudden bluff failure along the southwest Lake Michigan shoreline. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43, 999-1004.
  • Larson E.R. and Rawling III, J.E. 2016: Developing New Sources of Proxy Climate Data from Historical Structures in the Lake Michigan-Huron Basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research 42, 328-335.