Michael Ritter is a full professor in the Department of Geography and Geology. He joined the Department in the Fall of 1986. Dr. Ritter earned his BS in Geography from Western Illinois University, his MA and PhD in Geography from Indiana University- Bloomington. His dissertation is titled "Modeling Atmospheric Longwave Irradiance Over Alpine Tundra: Niwot Ridge, Colorado Front Range". Dr. Ritter served as department chair from 1996 to 2001.