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Department of Geography


Jean Taylor Ellis

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1593
Office: Callcott, Room 229
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Geography
Jean Taylor Ellis


Dr. Ellis received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006 and held a position at NASA’s Applied Science Program at Stennis Space Center prior to joining the faculty at South Carolina in 2009. She was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar at LABOMAR – Universidade Federal do Ceara and is a former John A. Knauss Fellowship alumnus. She is an Associate Professor.


Dr. Jean Ellis and her students focus on a variety of wind-induced phenomena at a variety of spatial and temporal scales in the coastal zone. WINDlab members have expertise in specialized instrumentation and remote sensing. We conduct applied and basic qualitative- and quantitative-based field work and translate this academic research to decision makers. Our main lab project focuses on geomorphic impacts of the beach-dune system post hurricane, but students have their individual thesis and dissertation projects.


  • GEOG 104: Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 201: Landform Geography
  • GEOG 360: Geography of Wind
  • MSCI/GEOG 590: Beach and Dune Interactions
  • GEOG 516: Coastal Zone Management

Representative Publications

*Tereszkiewicz, P.A., Ellis, J.T., and *Gould, H.A., in print. Introducing a cost-effective methodology to assess island-wide geomorphic change. Journal of Coastal Conservation.

Ellis, J.T. and *Román-Rivera, M.A., 2019. Assessing natural and mechanical dune performance in a post-hurricane environment. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7: 126.

*Román-Rivera, M.A. and Ellis, J.T., 2019. A synthetic review of remote sensing applications to detect nearshore bars. Marine Geology, 408: 144–153

Martin, R.L., Kok, J.F., Hugenholtz, C.H., Barchyn, T.E., Chanecki, M., Ellis, J.T., 2018. High-frequency measurements of aeolian saltation flux: Field-based methodology and applications. Aeolian Research, 30: 97–114.

*Wegner, C.E. and Ellis, J.T., 2017. The influence of sea-level rise on wave energy dissipation and wave-driven currents at Buck Island National Monument. Journal of Coastal Research, 33(1): 56–66.

Carvalho, A.M., Ellis, J.T., Lamothe, M., and Maia, L.P., 2016Using wind direction and shoreline morphology to model sand dune mobilization. Journal of Coastal Research, 32(5): 1005–1015. 

Ellis, J.T. and Sherman, D.J. (Volume Editors), 2015. Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. Shroder, J.F. (Series Editor in Chief).Elsevier, Hazards and Disaster Series, 593 pp.

Pelletier, J.D., Sherman, D.J., Ellis, J.T., Farrell, E.J., Jackson, N.J., Li, B., Nordstrom, K.F., Maia, L.P., Omidyeganeh, M., 2015. Dynamics of sediment storage and release on aeolian dune slip faces: A field study in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120(9): 1911–1934.

Ellis, J.T., and Sherman, D.J., 2013.Fundamentals of aeolian sediment transport: Wind blown sand,In: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), Lancaster, N., Sherman, D.J., and Baas, A.C.W. (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 11, Aeolian Geomorphology, pp. 85–108. (invited contribution)

*Barrineau, P. and Ellis, J.T., 2013. Sediment transport and wind flow around hummocks. Aeolian Research, 8: 19–27.

Ellis, J.T., Sherman, D.J., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B., 2012. Temporal and spatial variability of aeolian sand transport: Implications for field measurements. Aeolian Research, 3: 379–387.

* denotes students or postdocs


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