Dr. Ethan J. Theuerkauf

Ethan J. Theuerkauf
  • Assistant Professor
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road, Room 122
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-355-4655


Coastal geomorphology, coastal geology, wetland ecogeomorphology, coastal management, unoccupied aerial systems (aka drones) for coastal process research


Ethan Theuerkauf is a coastal geomorphologist who’s research focuses on how and why coastal landscapes, such as beaches, barrier islands, and wetlands, change across timescales ranging from storms to millennia.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University.  Theuerkauf held previous appointments at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He received a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.