Timothy Beach


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Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs


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Tim Beach holds the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs and is Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University. He is the Director of Georgetown’s Program in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) and former Head of its Center for the Environment. He has conducted field research with over one hundred of his students on geomorphology and geoarchaeology in the Corn Belt of the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, Iceland, and Germany funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, USAID, and Georgetown University. These sixty plus field seasons have been the bases for more than seventy peer-reviewed publications and numerous scientific presentations around the world. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, geomorphology, water, environmental change, and geoarchaeology. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and awarded Guggenheim and Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships, the G.K. Gilbert Award in Geomorphology in 2010 (along with his co-author), and Georgetown University’s only Distinguished Research Award in 2010. Dr. Beach has taught twenty-three different courses in environmental and earth science (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, soil and agricultural systems, and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy.


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  • Ph.D. (1989) University of Minnesota, Geography/ Geomorphology