Dr. Stewart, retired from the U.S. Army, is a veteran of the Cold War and three foreign wars; 20+ years of experience and life-changing events make him a unique professor. His experiences in the Army in Alaska directed his interests to obtain a PhD in glacial geology and be a glacial geology/geomorphology professor from eastern Kentucky to western Texas and north to St. Lawrence University.
Dr. Stewart’s research interests are varied, covering all aspects of surface geology. Dr. Stewart has a new geomorphology laboratory, so he and his students use a variety of techniques to capture surface-geology data – from lake-and-bog cores to dendrogeomorphology and standard mapping techniques. Recent student projects have covered climatic controls on white pine in the Adirondacks using tree rings (Serviss '14), X-Ray diffractometry of glacier-lake sediments in the High Andes, Peru (Coronado ’12), ice-flow indicators in the Juneau Icefield and the Adirondacks (Chesler ’13), geological controls on wind thrown white pines in the Adirondacks (Cox ’14) and the impact of geomorphology on the Battle of Sackets Harbor (1813)(R. Klepetko ’11). Personally, Dr. Stewart has been working on the inclusion of geological-reasoning training with the military and has begun working with Dr. John (Jack) Shroder of the Center of Afghanistan Studies (UNO) on water-resource management in Afghanistan. In addition, Dr. Stewart is an avid scorpion biologist researching behavior on his self-collected scorpions from Iraq, Afghanistan, China and elsewhere.
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Stewart, A.K., in press, Dams in Afghanistan: Transboundary water from Afghanistan: issues of climate change, apportionment and land-use implications, Shroder, J., McNamara, P., Ahmadzai, S.J. and Weihs, B. (eds.), Elsevier, ~75 pp.
- Stewart, A.K., in press, U.S. Army-Afghan hydrological development efforts (2008-2014): an improved approach to military aid: Geoscience for the Public Good, GSA Special Publication, Wessel, G. and Greenberg, J. (eds.)., ~20 pp.
- Stewart, A.K., 2016, U.S. Army Agribusiness Development Teams: The role of the geologist in the counterinsurgency: Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare–past lessons and modern challenges, MacDonald, E. and Bullard, T. (eds.), Springer Press, 17 pp.
- Stewart, A.K., 2015, Geological-reasoning training as preparation for the “thinking warfighter” in the next-generation military: Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, v. 16, n. 1, pp. 1-10.
- Stewart, A.K. and *Klepetko, R.W., 2014, Battle of Sackett’s Harbour (29MAY1813): a geological field guide to lake-shore processes and military tactics: NYS Geological Association Annual Field Meeting, Alexandria Bay, NY, Fieldguide and Program; pp. 29-55
- Stewart, A.K., 2014, U.S. Army Agriculture Development Teams: A Grassroots Effort in Afghanistan Supporting Development and Tackling Insurgency: Science and Diplomacy, v. 3, n. 1, pp. 70-87.
- Brice, B., Lorion, K. (and Stewart, A.K. with 10 others), 2013, Development of a Pinus ponderosa partial ring-width chronology in northern New Mexico: Tree-Ring Research, v. 69, n. 2, pp. 81-86.
- Stewart, A.K., 2012, Military base growth in Afghanistan: a threat to scorpion populations?: Journal of Arachnology, v. 40, pp 245-248.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- GEOL 103, Physical Geology
- GEOL 211, Geomorphology
- GEOL 314, Glacial and Quaternary Geology
- GEOL 319, Hydrology and Hydrogeology
- GEOL 320, Field methods (Alaska, Iceland, UK, Africa, etc.)
- Science Diplomacy
- Military Geology
- Tree-ring research
- Glacial Geology
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- Swick, M. and Stewart, A.K., 2015, Dendroarchaeology in the northwestern Adirondacks: a beginning to palaeoclimate reconstructions: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Baltimore), Abstracts with Programs, v 47, n 7, p 530.
- Arujo, L.H.A., Jones, E. and Stewart, A.K., 2015, Cliff-edge hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) in the northwestern Adirondacks: sensitive indicators for palaeoclimate reconstructions?: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Baltimore), Abstracts with
- Drummond, H.C. and Stewart, A.K., 2015, Master Chronology for Bradford Camps, North Maine Woods using Picea rubens, 1879-2013: International Tree-Ring Database, National Climate Database Center, NOAA, ME036, http://hurricane.ncdc.noaa.gov/pls/paleox/f?p=
- Heinrich, C.E., Stewart, A.K. and Hubbard, T., 2014, Dendrogeomorphic evidence of frequent mass wasting from reaction wood in black spruce, Northway jct., Alaskan Interior: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Vancouver), Abstracts with Programs,
- Miller, G. and Stewart, A.K., 2014, Glacier-striation analyses from Talcville, western Adirondacks, NY: evidence of an early Wisconsin glacier advance?: NE Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v 46, n 2.
- Keenhold, B., Stewart, A.K., Rodbell, D.T., 2013, Deglacial history of Fox Fen, Adirondacks, NY: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v 45, n 7, p 588.
- Kleptko, Ross W. and Stewart, A.K., 2011, Battle of Sackett’s Harbour, Lake Ontario, NY (29 MAY 1813): a US tactical victory militated by geology: Geological Society of America (Northeastern and North central sections) Abstracts with Programs, v 43, n 1