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Stephen Tsikalas

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 211 Martin Hall
Telephone: (256) 782-5811
Fax Number: (256) 782-5336

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Physical and Earth Sciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265

B.A. in Geography, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2003)

B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Studies, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (2003)

M.A. in Geography, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008)

Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas State University--San Marcos (2008)

Teaching and Research Interests

I offer courses in Physical Geography, World Regional Geography, Natural Hazards, Climatology, Meteorology, Field Methods, and Urban Geography.  With interests spanning across the discipline, I practice research in both physical and human geography and apply GIS and Remote Sensing as analytical tools.  I began my geographic research in zoogeomorphology, where I have studied the geomorphic processes involved in mud-nest construction by various species of swallows.  My current research areas are broad in range, yet small in scale, focusing on the region of Northeast Alabama.  Over the past three years, I have worked with undergraduate students on projects, presentations, and papers on the following topics: (1) spatial analysis of Appalachian cold air damming, (2) spatio-temporal variation of Escherichia cholera in freshwater streams, (3) distribution and patterns of food deserts, and (4) allocation and use of public space for parks.  I love my job and working with the wonderful students at Jacksonville State University!


Tsikalas, S.G. and D.R. Buttler. 2015. Geomorphologic Signatures of Mud-Nesting Swallows in Central Texas. Physical Geography 36(3): 239-253

Tsikalas, S.G. and C.J. Whitesides. 2013. Worm Geomorphology: Lessons from Darwin Progress in Physical Geography 37(2): 270-281

Butler, D.R., C.J. Whitesides, and S.G. Tsikalas. 2013. The Faunal Influence – Geomorphic Form and Process. In Treatise of Geomorphology Vol. 12, "Ecogeomorphology" ed. by D.R. Butler and C. Hupp. Elsevier: The Netherlands.

Butler, D.R., C.J. Whitesides, J.M. Wamsley, and S.G. Tsikalas. 2013. The Geomorphic Impacts of Animal Burrowing and Denning. In Treatise of Geomorphology Vol. 12, "Ecogeomorphology" ed. by D.R. Butler and C. Hupp. Elsevier: The Netherlands.

Political Map

"Figure 1: Geographic pattern of Republican/Democratic dominance and competitiveness in presidential elections between 1988 to 2012 for each state and D.C., based upon Competitive-Dominance Index (CDI)."

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