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Department of Geography


Jean Taylor Ellis

Title: 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 a 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. Our lab has three research thrusts: response and recovery to storms and king tides, human impacts to the beach-dune system, and wind-blown sand processes. WINDlab members have expertise in field-based data acquisition and analysis, specialized instrumentation, and GIS / remote sensing. As a team, we conduct applied and basic qualitative- and quantitative-based data and translate this academic research to decision makers.


  • 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 and Recent Publications

*Harris, M.E. and Ellis, J.T., 2021. Comparing tropical cyclone and king tide impacts on a South Carolina coastal 
dune system. Journal of Coastal Research, 37(5) 923-932.

Ellis, J.T. and Houser, C., 2021. Process-based beach and dune systems. Treatise on Geomorphology.

*Harris, M.E., Ellis, J.T., and Barrineau, C.P., 2020. Evaluating the geomorphic response from sand fences on dunes impacted by hurricanes. Ocean and Coastal Management, 193.

Ning, Q., Li, B., and Ellis, J.T., 2020. Fence height control on sand trapping. Aeolian Research, 46: 100617.

*Tereszkiewicz, P.A., Ellis, J.T., and *Gould, H.A., 2019. Introducing a cost-effective methodology to assess island-wide geomorphic change. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 23: 563–569.

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.

Sherman, D.J., Zhang, P., Martin, R.L., Ellis, J.T., Kok, J.F., Farrell, E.J., and Li, B., 2019. Aeolian ripple migration and associated creep transport rates. Geosciences, 9: 389.

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.

* denotes students or postdocs


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