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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

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]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
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 USC in 2009. She was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar at LABOMAR – Universidade Federal do Ceara. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.


Jean is the director of the Wind-Induced Nearshore Dynamics lab (WINDlab), which is housed in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. Jean and her students focus on a variety of wind-induced phenomena at a variety of spatial and temporal scales in the coastal zone. Lab members have expertise in specialized instrumentation and remote sensing. They conduct applied and basic qualitative- and quantitative-based field work 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 Publications

*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. 

Guimarães, P.V, Pereira, P.S., Calliari, L.J. and Ellis, J.T., 2016. Behavior and identification of ephemeral sand dunes at the backshore zone using video images. Anais da Academia Brasileria de Ciências, 88(3): 1357-1369.

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.

Li, B., Ellis, J.T., and Sherman, D.J., 2014. Estimating the impact threshold for wind-blown sand. Journal of Coastal Research, SI70: 627-632.

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.

Houser, C. and Ellis, J., 2013. Morphodynamic systems: Beach and dune Interactions, In: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), Sherman, D.J. (Ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 10, Coastal Geomorphology, pp. 267-288. (invited contribution)

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