I am an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, and I also have affiliations with UO’s Environmental Studies Program and the Environmental Sciences Institute. I specialize in the physical geography of rivers, the fusion of physical geography with geographic information science, geomorphology, hydrology, mountain geography, remote sensing, and water law and management. My current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
My educational background included secondary education at Lourdes Academy (Oshkosh, WI), a B.S. in Geography at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), a M.A. in Geography at Ohio University (Athens, OH), and, in 2000, a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). I was a postdoctoral fellow at Montana State University from 2000-2001, taught at Texas State University from 2001-2011, and taught at the University of Oregon beginning in 2011. I am the son of geographer Todd Fonstad and cartographer Karen Wynn Fonstad.
I help to coordinate the University of Oregon River Group. I teach courses relating to the Natural Environment, Hydrology and Water Resources, Remote Sensing, Mountain Geography, the Theory and Practice of Geography, The Physical Geography of Oregon, and the Willamette Riverscape. I supervise graduate students on subjects such as the fusion of physical geography, environmental geography, and GIScience, as well as the intersection of physical geography with issues of sustainability and hazards, and on more “pure” subjects such as geomorphology, hydrology, and remote sensing.