Diana Frances Elder

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Associate Professor, Geomorphology


  • BS Geology, Northern Arizona University, 1985        
  • BS Physical Sciences with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science: Magna Cum Laude, Northern Arizona University, 1990
  • MS Quaternary Studies, Northern Arizona University, 1991
  • PhD Geological Sciences, University of  California—Riverside, 1998

Research interests

Arid Land Geomorphology, Meteorology, Paleoclimatology, Desertification, Watershed Restoration

Current research projects

  • Holocene Landscape Evolution, Sediment Flux, and Climate Change in Drylands of the southwestern Colorado Plateau (description)
  • Holocene Fluvial Geomorphology in Forested Ecosystems of Northern Arizona (description)
  • The Northern Arizona Mesonet (description)


ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

ENV 110 Extreme Weather

ENV 230 Foundations of Environmental Sciences

ENV 410 Meteorology

ENV 530 Arid Lands Geomorphology

Other accomplishments

Dr. Elder is:

Read more about Dr. Elder in "Inspired by the Land.” 


E-mail: Diana.Elder@nau.edu