João Santos



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Lecturer

Phone: 408 924-5054
Office: DH 419
Office Hours (Spring 2019): By appointment
E-mail: joao.santos@sjsu.edu

 

Research Interests

  • Glacial and Fluvial Geomorphology, Paleoclimatology and Remote Sensing

Education

  • PhD, Geography, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Recent Classes

  • Geology for Engineers (GEOL 2)
  • Planet Earth (GEOL 3)
  • Geology and the Environment (GEOL 111)

Recent Activity

 

Current Research Projects:

      • Giacla Geomorphology and Sedimentology of the Kent Interlobate Moraine, NE Ohio.
      • Holocene Glacial and Climatic History of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska.
      • Quaternary Evolution of the Mondego River Valley, Central Portugal.
      • On the Origins of Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska.
      • Genesis of the Serra da Peneda Mountains Late Quaternary Moraines, NW Portugal.
      • Genesis of the Serra do Gerês Mountains Late Quaternary Moraines, NW Portugal.

Professional Conferences Presentations:

      • The 5th Conference (2015) of the Iberian Section of the International Permafrost Association. Presentation: Estudio de la estructura interna de un glaciar rocoso relicto en la Sierra de Sentiles, San Isidro, mediante el análisis de fábrica, Cordillera Cantábrica, España.
      • The Annual Conference (2015) of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. Presentation: Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Late Quaternary Moraines in the Serra da Peneda Mountains, NW Portugal.
      • The Annual Conference (2015) of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. Presentation: Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska.
      • The 8th International Conference on Geomorphology (2013) of the Internacional Association of Geomorphologists (Paris, France). Presentation: Till Fabric and Grain Size Analysis of Glacial Sequences in a Complex Paleoglacial System: The Case Study of the Upper Sil Valley, Cantabrian Mountains, Northwest Spain.
      • The Bi-Annual Conference (2013) of the Association of Portuguese Geomorphologists (Europe). Presentation: Genesis of the Alto Vez Glacial Valley Pleistocene Moraines, Peneda Mountains, Northwest Portugal.
      • The Annual Conference (2011) of the Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Sections of the Geological Society of America. Presentation: Holocene Glacial Fluctuations in College Fjord, South-Central Alaska.
      • The 1st International Conference (2011) of the Portuguese Quaternary Association(Europe). Presentation: Distinguishing Lodgment Till from Melt-Out Till using Till Fabric and Grain Size Analysis: A Case Study in Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska.

Peer-Revfiewed Publications:

      • João António Bessa Santos, Javier Santos-González, José Maria RedondoVega & Jeffrey Reed Irwin (2017): Glacial deposits in the Serra do Gerês Mountains (NW Iberian Peninsula): till macrofabric analysis, Physical Geography
      • Santos, J.A., Santos-González, J. and Redondo-Vega, J.M., 2015. Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Late Quaternary Moraines in the Serra da Peneda Mountains, NW Portugal. Physical Geography, Vol. 36, 1–18. DOI:10.1080/02723646.2014.961218.
      • João António Bessa Santos, Javier Santos-González & José Maria Redondo-Vega (2015) Till-Fabric analysis and origin of late Quaternary moraines in the Serra da Peneda Mountains, NW Portugal, Physical Geography, 36:1, 1-18
      • Santos-González, J., Santos, J.A., González-Gutiérrez, R.B., Redondo-Vega, J.M. and Gómez-Villar, A., 2013. Till Fabric and Grain-Size Analysis of Glacial Sequences in the Upper Sil River Basin, Cantabrian Mountains, NW Spain. Physical Geography, Vol. 34, 471–490. DOI:10.1080/02723646.2013.855989.
      • Javier Santos-González, João A. Santos, Rosa Blanca González-Gutiérrez, José María Redondo-Vega & Amelia Gómez-Villar (2013) Till fabric and grain-size analysis of glacial sequences in the Upper Sil River Basin, Cantabrian Mountains, NW Spain, Physical Geography, 34:6, 471-490
      • Santos, J.A., 2012. Late Wisconsinan Glacial Geomorphology of the Kent Interlobate Complex, Ohio, U.S.A. Finisterra, Vol. XLVII, No. 93: 65–84.
      • Santos, J.A. and Cunha, L.J., 2012. Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska. Polar Geography, Vol. 35, 65–81. DOI:10.1080/1088937X.2012.663413.
      • João Antonio Santos & Lucio Jose Cunha (2012): Till fabric analysis and origin of Portage Glacier Little Ice Age moraines, south-central Alaska, Polar Geography, 35:1, 65-81
      • Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J., Cordova, C.E. and Wiles, G.C., 2010. Holocene Glacial History of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska. Polar Geography, Vol. 33, 101–114. DOI:10.1080/1088937X.2010.543551.
      • Santos, J. A. , Cunha, L. J. , Cordova, C. E. and Wiles, G. C.(2010) 'Holocene glacial history of College Fjord, south-central Alaska', Polar Geography, 33: 3, 101 — 114
      • Santos, J.A. and Cordova, C.E., 2009. Little Ice Age Glacial Geomorphology and Sedimentology of Portage Glacier, South-Central Alaska. Finisterra, Vol. XLIV, No. 87: 95–108.
      • Santos, J.A., 2006. Genesis of the Kent Interlobate Moraine, Ohio. In: Geomorfologia, Ciência e Sociedade. Associação Portuguesa de Geomorfólogos, Vol. 3, 49–54.

Conference Proceedings and Published Abstracts:

      • González-Gutiérrez, R.B., Santos-González, J., Gómez-Villar, A., Santos, J.A. and Redondo-Vega, J.M., 2015. Estudio de la estructura interna de un glaciar rocoso relicto en la Sierra de Sentiles, San Isidro, mediante el análisis de fábrica, Cordillera Cantábrica, España. Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the Iberian Section of the International Permafrost Association, June 2015; p. 38.
      • Santos, J.A., Santos-González, J. and Redondo-Vega, J.M., 2015. Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Late Quaternary Moraines in the Serra da Peneda Mountains, NW Portugal. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Northeastern Section (50th) Annual Meeting, March 2015; Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 104.
      • Santos, J.A., 2015. Till Fabric Analysis and Origin of Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Northeastern Section (50th) Annual Meeting, March 2015; Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 124.
      • Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J., Vieira, A.A. and Bento-Gonçalves, A.J., 2013. Genesis of the Alto Vez Glacial Valley Pleistocene Moraines, Peneda Mountains, Northwest Portugal. Proceedings of the 6th Bi-Annual Conference of the Association of Portuguese Geomorphologists, February 2013; pp. 57–62.
      • Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J., Cordova, C.E. and Wiles, G.C., 2011. Holocene Glacial Fluctuations in College Fjord, South-Central Alaska. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain Section (63rd) and Cordilleran Section (107th) Joint Annual Meeting, May 2011; Vol. 43, No. 4, p. 8.
      • Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J. and Cordova, C.E., 2011. Distinguishing Lodgment Till from Melt-Out Till using Till Fabric and Grain Size Analysis: A Case Study in Portage Glacier Little Ice Age Moraines, South-Central Alaska. Portuguese Quaternary Association Programs and Abstracts, 1st International Conference, December 2011; p. 29.
      • Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J., Cordova, C.E. and Wiles, G.C., 2010. História Glaciária Holocénica do College Fjord, Centro-Sul do Alasca. Proceedings of the 5th Bi-Annual Conference of the Association of Portuguese Geomorphologists, December 2010; pp. 31– 36.
      • Santos, J.A. and Cunha, L.J., 2010. Alluvial Terraces of the Lower Mondego River Valley: Product of Late Quaternary Eustatic and Climatic Fluctuations in Central Portugal. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain Section (62nd) Annual Meeting, April 2010; Vol. 42, No. 3, p. 62.
      • Santos, J.A. and Cunha, L.J., 2007. Late Quaternary Alluvial History of the Mondego River, Central Portugal. Association of American Geographers Programs and Abstracts, Great Plains - Rocky Mountain Division Annual Meeting, September 2007; p. 32.
      • Santos, J.A. and Cordova, C.E., 2006. Little Ice Age Glacial Geomorphology and Sedimentology of Portage Glacier, Alaska. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain Section (58th) Annual Meeting, May 2006; Vol. 38, No. 6, p. 35.
      • Santos, J.A. and Cunha, L.J., 2006. Quaternary Fluvial Geomorphology and History of the Lower Mondego River Valley, Portugal. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Rocky Mountain Section (58th) Annual Meeting, May 2006; Vol. 38, No. 6, p. 35.
      • Johnson, P.E., Wiles, G.C., Lowell, T.V., Santos, J.A., Cunha, L.J. and Rochette, A., 2006. Reconstructing Little Ice Age Glacial Histories for Crescent and Amherst Glaciers, College Fjord, Southern Alaska. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, North-Central Section (40th) Annual Meeting, April 2006; Vol. 38, No. 4, p. 25.
      • Santos, J.A., 2004. On the origins of the Kent Interlobate Moraine, NE Ohio. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, South-Central Section (38th) Annual Meeting, February 2004; Vol. 36, No. 1, p. 28.
      • Santos, J.A., 2002. Genesis of the Kent Interlobate Moraine, Northeastern Ohio. American Quaternary Association Program and Abstracts, 17th Annual Meeting, August 2002; p. 113.
      • Santos, J.A., 2002. Genesis of the Kent Interlobate Moraine, preliminary results. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, North-Central Section (36th) and Southeastern Section (51st) Joint Annual Meeting, March 2002; Vol. 34, No. 2, p. 8.

Research Grants:

      • 2010-2015 FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal, Europe) individual research grant (€90,000 = ~ $117,000). Project: Holocene Glacial and Climatic History of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska.
      • 2004-2008 FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal, Europe) doctoral dissertation research grant (€51,000 = ~ $76,500). Project: Fluvial Geomorphology and Quaternary Evolution of the Mondego River Basin, Central Portugal.
      • 2005 National Geographic Society (Global Exploration Fund) research grant ($10,000). Project: Holocene Glacial and Climatic History of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska.
      • 2004 Tweedie Family research and travel grant ($500). Project: Holocene Glacial and Climatic History of College Fjord, South-Central Alaska.

Service/Leadership:

      • Associate Editor in the Journal of Polar Geography (June 2011 to Present).
      • Scientific Committee Member in the Center for Geographic Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal, Europe) (January 2010 to January 2013).

Professional Memberships:

      • GTU (International Geographic Honor Society).
      • GSA (Geological Society of America).
      • AMQUA (American Quaternary Association).
      • APG (Association of Portuguese Geomorphologists).