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Samantha Kaplan



Professor Samantha Kaplan joined the Department of Geography and Geology at UWSP in 2007, after earning her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research areas of interest include quaternary studies, climatology, paleoecology, environmental change, geomorphology, sedimentology, wetlands, and remote sensing. Kaplan and a faculty cohort helped create the Community Sustainability B.S. program, launched in 2022. Graduates in the new major will be poised to solve complex problems with training that melds science principles with the capacity to mobilize people and resources.


  • UWSP College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education Initiative. Dendrochronological (Tree Ring) Dating of the Newly Acquired UWSP Dugout Canoe, Co–PI with Ray Reser
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Changes in alkalinity of a northern Wisconsin glacial seepage lake under drought conditions, Co-PI with Paul Garrison


Kaplan, S.W. (2010). Synchronous and Non-synchronous Changes in Climate, Lake Level and Fire Regime Inferred From Sediments From Three Lakes in Northern Wisconsin. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Program Abstracts: Washington, DC.

Grimley, D.A., Larsen, D., Kaplan, S.W., Yansa, C.H., Curry, B.B., and E.A. Oches. (2009). A multi-proxy palaeoecological and palaeoclimatic record within full glacial lacustrine deposits, western Tennessee, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science, 24:8, p. 960-981

Professor of Geography
Global Affiliate Scholar - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability

SCI D327


Ph.D. - Physical Geography, Geology and Geophysics, GIS
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. - Physical Geography, Geology and Geophysics, GIS
University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. - Geography, GIS, Spanish
Clark University