Dr. Stephen B. Harper - Teaching Associate Professor

Office

Graham 104

Phone

252-328-6773

Geomorphology and Field Geology

Ph.D.

University of Georgia at Athens (1996)

M.S.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1977)

B.S.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1969)

 

Dr. Harper may be reached via Email: harpers@ecu.edu



Current Professional and Scholarly Interests

My recent research interests include planning and implementing learning strategies and techniques and improving learning materials for the introductory physical and environmental geology classroom and laboratory. In addition, I have been investigating the impact of vegetative conversion on landsliding and the role of large landslide events on mechanical denudation rates of southern Thailand.

Future research will focus on tectonic controls of Quaternary erosion rates on the east coast of Thailand and the origin and geologic controls of tower karst in the Krabi-Phang Nga Bay area along the west coast of Thailand.
 
 

Selected Publications

Harper, S.B., 2005, Bedded shell deposit at Ao Nang, Krabi Province, southern Thailand: A record of a prehistoric tsunami or extreme
    storm event or niether: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Salt Lake City, UT, Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2005.
    V.37, no.7. p.75.

Harper, S.B., 2004, Geologic Photo Field Trips to View Rocks, Geologic Structures, and Landforms in Introductory Physical Geology:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Denver, CO, Annual Meeting, November 06-09, 2004, V.36, no.5.

Harper, S.B., 2004, The Role of Mass Wasting on the Development of the Coastal Tower Karst Landscape in Krabi, Thailand:
    32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, 20-28 August, 2004.

Harper, S.B., 2004, Significance of Tropical Storm Tracks and Cycles to Flooding in the Lower Tar, Neuse, and Cape Fear Drainage
    Basins, North Carolina:Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern-Northeastern Section, Tyson's Corner,
    VA, March 24-27, 2004, V.36, no.2.

Harper, S.B., 2002, Mass Wasting of Coastal Headlands in Southern Thailand: A Comparison: Geological Society of America
    Abstracts with Programs, Denver, CO, Annual Meeting, October 27-30, 2002, v.34, no.6, p.276.

Harper, S.B., 2001, Structural control of granite landforms Koh Samui, Southern Thailand: The International Association of Geomorphologists
    Fifth International Conference on Geomorphology, Transactions, Japanese Geomorphological Union, Tokyo, Japan,
    August 23-28, 2001, v.22, no.4, p.C-84.

Harper, S.B., 2000, Large-format table-top charts for rock classification: Journal of Geoscience Education, v.48, no.5, p.572.

Harper, S.B., 2000, A model for evaluation of graduate teaching assistants: Geological Society of America :  Abstracts with Programs,
    Reno, Nevada, Annual Meeting, November 13-16, 2000, v.32, no.7, p.A-76.

Harper, S.B. and Spruill, R.K., 2000, Overview of the September-October 1999 flooding in the Tar River Basin, North Carolina:
    Geological Society of America Abstract with Programs, Southeastern Section, Charleston, SC, March 23-24, 2000, v.32, no.2, p.A-23.

Otteman, R.A., and Harper, S.B., 2000, Using GIS to model debris flow susceptibility for the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, North Carolina:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section, Charleston, SC, March 23-24, 2000, v.32, no.2, p.A-65.

Harper, S.B., 1999, Morphology of tower karst in Krabi, southern Thailand:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with
    Programs, Denver, Colorado, Annual Meeting, October 25-28, 1999, v.31, no.7, p. A-52.

Harper, S.B., 1998, On the nature of and advantages and disadvantages of using coursepacks for introductory geology courses:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Toronto, Canada, Annual Meeting, October 26-29, 1998, p. A-131-132.

Fuller, L.B. and Harper, S.B., 1998, The "show and tell" method of instruction in introductory geology laboratories:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Toronto, Canada, Annual Meeting, October 26-29, 1998, p. A-130.

Harper, S.B., 1998, Lithologic and landuse controls on debris flow susceptibility in southern Thailand:  GEOSEA 98 - Ninth
    Regional Congress on Geology, Mineral and Energy Resources of Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17-19 August 1998,
    p.152.

Harper, S.B., 1997, Debris flow susceptibility in small to medium sized drainage basins in southern Thailand:  Geological Society
    of America Abstracts with Programs, Salt Lake City, Utah, Annual Meeting, October 20-23, 1997, p.A-411.

Harper, S.B., 1996, Debris flows triggered by the November 1988 rainstorm in Phipun District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province,
    Southern Thailand:  Ph.D. dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 271 p.

Harper, S.B., 1996, Erosional impact of debris flows in the Nakhon Si Thammarat Range, southern Thailand:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Denver, Colorado, Annual Meeting, October 28-31, 1996, p.A-299.

Harper, S.B., 1996, A preliminary description of tower karst in Phang Nga Bay, Southwestern Thailand:  30th International
    Geological Congress, Beijing, China, 4-14 August, 1996, Abstracts, v.3 of 3, p.436.

Harper, S.B., 1995, Identification of rocks in introductory geology lab using large format (11" x 17") rock classification flowcharts:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, New Orleans, LA, Annual Meeting, November 6-9, 1995, p.A-148.

Harper, S.B., 1995, Landslides in southern Thailand: Contributing factors, sedimentological characteristics, and denudational
    impacts: The International Association of Geomorphologists, Southeast Asia Conference, Singapore, 18-23 June 1995, p.44.

Harper, S.B., 1995, Using controversial environmental issues to teach environmental geology: Invited abstract for Special Theme
    Session entitled, "Great Ideas from Great Teachers - Ideas for Teaching Introductory Geology": Geological Society of America
    Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section, Knoxville, TN, April 6-7, 1995, p.60.

Harper, S.B., 1994, An Earth materials-Earth processes rock cycle that includes both tectonic and surface processes: Geological
    Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Seattle, WA, Annual Meeting, October 24-27, 1994, p.A-45.

Harper, S.B., 1994, Denudation of the Khlong Kathun drainage basin in southern Thailand due to catastrophic debris flows, in
    Geomorphology and Natural Hazards: 25th Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium in Memory of Marie Morisawa,
    Binghamton, New York, September 24-25, 1994, Poster Abstract, p.37-38.

Harper, S.B., 1994, Thematic and awareness goals for teaching non-majors in the geosciences: American Geophysical Union
    Chapman Conference on, "Scrutiny of Undergraduate Geoscience Education: Is the Viability of the Geosciences in
    Jeopardy?", September 7-11, 1994, Washington, D.C., p.31.

Harper, S.B., 1993, Use of an approximate mobility index to identify areas susceptible to landsliding by rapid mobilization to debris
    flows in southern Thailand: Journal of Southeast Asian Earth Sciences, Special Issue containing the Proceedings of the Seventh
    Regional Conference on Geology, Mineral, and Energy Resources of Southeast Asia (GEOSEA VII Proceedings), Bangkok,
    Thailand, 5-8 November 1991, v.8, no.1-4, p.587-596.

Harper, S.B., 1993, Sedimentology of channelized debris flows: southern Thailand: Geological Society of America Abstracts with
    Programs, v.25, no.4, Southeastern Section, Tallahassee, FL, April 1-2, 1993, p.21.

Harper, S.B. and Rau,J., 1992, Study on the benefits to be obtained from rational coastal resource management: Geoscientific
    implications: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), New York, N.Y., 87p.

Harper, S.B. and Fullagar, P.D., 1981, Rb-Sr ages of granitic gneisses of the Inner Piedmont of Northwestern North Carolina and
    Southwestern South Carolina: Geological Society of America Bulletin, Part 1, v.92, no.11, p.864-872.

Stirewalt, G.L., Harper, S.B. and Spruill, R., 1981, Mesoscopic structure and geochronology of the Buckhorn pluton and enveloping
    rocks of the Raleigh belt Chatham County, North Carolina - Evidence for late Paleozoic movement in the eastern Piedmont:
    Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section, v.13, no.1, p.36.

Harper, S.B., 1977, Age and origin of granitic gneisses of the Inner Piedmont: M.S. thesis, University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 92p.

Harper, S.B., Roberts, J.W., and Fullagar, P.D., 1977, Geochronology of granitic gneisses of the Inner Piedmont, northwestern
    North Carolina: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section, Winston-Salem, NC.,
    v.9, no.2, p.144.