Clayton Whitesides - Coastal Carolina University
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Clayton Whitesides

Associate Professor, Anthropology and Geography

Jonathan Doe
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Brittain Hall 224

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Tuesdays (via ZOOM) 12:15 - 1:15pm
Thursdays (via ZOOM) 12:15 - 3:15pm
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Whitesides is a physical and environmental geographer specializing in upland and mountain environments. He has research experience in the American Southeast and throughout the American West.  In addition to university-level teaching and research, he has worked as a cartographer for America’s Byways program. Whitesides joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina University in 2013.  


Ph.D., Texas State University
M.S., Brigham Young University
B.S., Utah State University

Selected Publications

Whitesides, C.J. 2018. Henry Gannett: The unknown father of American timberline research. Progress in Physical Geography 42 (3): 406-412.

Whitesides, C.J., and D.R. Butler. 2016. Bioturbation by gophers and marmots and its effects on conifer germination. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms doi: 10.1002/esp.4046

Townsend, C.G., M.H. Connolly, and C.J. Whitesides. 2015. “My friend, the fire ant”: A preliminary analysis of the role of fire ants in grapevine health. Papers in Applied Geography 2 (1): 85-95

Whitesides, C.J. 2015. The bioturbation of Olympic marmots (Marmota olympus) and their impacts on soil properties. Physical Geography 36 (3): 202-214

Whitesides, C.J., and M.H. Connolly. 2012. Estimating fractional snow cover in mountain environments with fuzzy classification. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 3 (3): 1-20

Whitesides, C.J., and M.F. Bekker. 2011. Rocky substrate and the lower treeline ecotone of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Physical Geography 32 (4): 356-373

Whitesides, C.J., and D.R. Butler. 2011. Adequacies and deficiencies of alpine and subalpine treeline studies in the national parks of western USA. Progress in Physical Geography 35 (1): 19-42

Teaching Areas

Physical Geography
World Regional Geography
Geospatial Technologies

Research Areas

Invasive species
Vegetation dynamics