Department Home Atmospheric Science Geology and Geophysics Geography

Dr. Kevin R. Mulligan

  Associate Professor, Geography
Office: 215 Holden Hall
Phone: (806) 834-0391
Fax: (806) 742-0100

Department of Geosciences, MS 1053,
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053
Homepage Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979
  • M.A., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, 1997


  • Applied geospatial technology (GIS, remote sensing, Internet mapping).
  • Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and agricultural land use change.
  • The geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands.
  • Aeolian processes and landforms (sediment transport by wind and dune morphology).

My current research is largely focused on important issues relevant to west Texas and the southern Great Plains, especially with respect to the environment and geography of the region. On-going research involves mapping changes in the saturated thickness of the Ogallala Aquifer, mapping changes in agricultural land use (spatial distirbution of center pivot irrigation), mapping the loss of playa wetlands on the southern Great Plains, the development of wind energy across the region, access to rural to health and issues related to rural economic development. 

Other topics of interest include the geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid and semi-arid lands. Past research has focused on the aeolian processes to understand the relationship between wind flow, sand transport and dune morphology.  More recently, my research has focused on a comparative analysis of the semi-arid landscape in west Texas and notheastern Brazil.


GIST 3300/5300: Geographic Information Systems

GIST 4308/5308: Cartographic Design

GEOG 4357/5306: Geography of Arid Lands

Synergistic Acitivities

Faculty, Center for Geospatial Technology

Advisor, Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology