Dale R. Lightfoot, completed his doctoral degree in Geography at the
University of Colorado at Boulder in 1990. He has served on the faculty at Old
Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (1990-1994 and Oklahoma State University (1994-present),
where he is Professor and Head of the Department of Geography.
His research maintains
a strong field-oriented focus, and funded field work--as solo ventures or in the company
of archaeologists, historians, and geographers--have taken him to the Southwest USA
(archaeological projects in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona), North Africa
(archaeological and qanat research in Morocco), the Middle East (qanat research in Syria,
Jordan, Yemen, and USAID-funded Higher Education renewal in Iraq), and Central Asia (qanat
research in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and groundwater assessments in Uzbekistan).
Research interests include human-cultural topics such as historic landscapes, traditional agriculture
and water technology, and geographic themes which emphasize relationships between human and
physical environments (cultural ecology, landscape change, resource management, and
environment-development conflict). His work in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central
Asia is generally focused on the changing nature of work and technology in traditional,
arid-land societies, and the impact of modern technology on traditional agriculture, water
resources, and human settlement.
Dr. Lightfoot teaches physical geography, the geography of
the Middle East/Southwest Asia, and international resource management at OSU. He most enjoys
traveling and reading, and is a private pilot. His wife and son frequently have the opportunity
to accompany his trips.
Dale R. Lightfoot