Dr. Linda R. Barrett

Dr. Linda R. Barrett

Title: Associate Professor
Research Specialty: GIS, remote sensing, soil geomorphology, soil-plant relationships, and environmental geography
Dept/Program: Geosciences
Office: CRH 114
Phone: 330 972-6120
Fax: 330 972-7611
Email: barrett@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Research Accomplishments

Specialties

GIS, remote sensing, soil geomorphology, soil-plant relationships.

Areas of Research

Dr. Barrett conducts research in soil geomorphology, soil-plant relationships, and environmental geography.  Her current research focuses on using data from the Government Land Office survey of the nineteenth century, historical atlases, and historical census data to study forest-site relationships and forest change in a broad swath of northern Ohio.  She also is working with colleagues in archaeology and chemistry to develop methods of using field spectroscopy of the soil to detect features of archaeological and/or forensic interest.  In previous work, she studied ecosystem degradation linked to nineteenth century logging practices in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and rates and processes of soil development in acid, sandy parent materials in the upper Great Lakes region.  This included work in which she explored the use of a field-portable spectrophotometer to measure soil color, which can be used to characterize soil development northern Michigan soils.

Publications

Heath W. Garris, Randall J. Mitchell, Lauchlan H. Fraser, and Linda R. Barrett. 2015. Forecasting climate change impacts on the distribution of wetland habitat in the Midwestern United States. Global Change Biology 21(2):766-776.

Matney, Timothy, Linda R. Barrett, Mahesh B. Dawadi, D. Maki, C. Maxton, David S. Perry, D. C. Roper, L. Somers, and L. G. Whitman. 2014. In situ shallow subsurface reflectance spectroscopy of archaeological soils and features: a case-study of two Native American settlement sites in Kansas. Journal of Archaeological Science 43: 315-324.

Barrett, L.R., Michael A. Nelson, Elizabeth B. Erickson, and Scott Thanasiu. 2013. An Economic Impact Analysis of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, A report from the University of Akron, In Collaboration with Lux Research, LLC. Metro Parks Foundation.

Barrett, Linda. 2008. Soils and vegetation. In Artimus Keiffer, ed., The Geography of Ohio. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. pp. 24-38.

Barrett, Linda, and Artimus Keiffer. 2008. The geographical setting. In Artimus Keiffer, ed., The Geography of Ohio. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. pp. 1-11.

Barrett, L.R., T. Matney, and L. E. Park. 2004. Teaching archaeogeophysical survey and mapping any time of the year: an interdisciplinary course. Journal of Geoscience Education 52:236-244.

Barrett, L.R. 2002. Spectrophotometric color measurement in situ in well drained sandy soils. Geoderma 108:49-77.

Barrett, L.R. 2001. A strand plain soil development sequence in northern Michigan. Catena 44:163-186.

Barrett, L.R. 1999. Particulars in context: maintaining a balance in soil geography. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 89:707-713.

Barrett, L.R. 1998. Origin and history of stump prairies in northern Michigan: forest composition and logging practices. Great Lakes Geographer 5:105-123.

Barrett, L.R., and R. J. Schaetzl. 1998. Regressive pedogenesis following a century of deforestation: evidence for depodzolization. Soil Science 163:482-497.

Barrett, L.R. 1997. Podzolization under forest and stump prairie vegetation in northern Michigan. Geoderma 78:37-58.

Barrett, L.R., J. Liebens, D. G. Brown, R. J. Schaetzl, P. Zuwerink, T. W. Cate, and D. S. Nolan. 1995. Relationships between soils and presettlement forests in Baraga County, Michigan. American Midland Naturalist 134:264-285.

Schaetzl, R. J., L. R. Barrett, and J. A. Winkler. 1994. Choosing models for soil chronofunctions and fitting them to data. European Journal of Soil Science 45:219-232.

Barrett, L.R., and R. J. Schaetzl. 1993. Soil development and spatial variability on geomorphic surfaces of different age. Physical Geography 14:39-55.

Barrett, L.R., and R. J. Schaetzl. 1992. An examination of podzolization near Lake Michigan using chronofunctions. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 72:527-541.

Lusch, D. P., C. P. Rader, L. R. Barrett, and N. K. Rader. 1992. Aquifer Vulnerability to Surface Contamination in Michigan. 1:1,500,000 scale map. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Office of Water Resources, Lansing, Michigan.

Barrett, L.R., and D. P. Lusch. 1991. Assessing ephemeral erosion using airborne CIR videography. United States Department of Agriculture--Soil Conservation Service (Michigan), Report #40-SD21-0-136. 45 pp.

Barrett, L.R., and D. P. Lusch. 1991. Assessing crop residue using airborne CIR videography. United States Department of Agriculture--Soil Conservation Service (Michigan), Report #40-SD21-0-135. 34 pp.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geography, Michigan State University, 1995
  • M.A., Geography, Michigan State University, 1991
  • B.A., Linguistics, Michigan State University, 1981

Courses

  • GIS (3350:405/505)
  • Advanced GIS (3350:407/507)
  • Cartographic Theory and Design (3350:442/542)
  • Urban Applications in GIS (3350:443/543)
  • GIS Programming and Customization (3350:446/546)
  • Remote Sensing (3350:447/547)
  • Advanced Remote Sensing (3350:449/549)
  • ST: Environmental Applications in GIS (3350:489/589)
  • Soil and Water Field Studies (3350:495/595)