John W. Attig
My research is focused on glacial geology and the evolution of glacial landscapes during the Quaternary (the last 2.6 million years). This includes studies of Quaternary history, stratigraphy and sedimentology, glacial processes, the geochemistry of Quaternary deposits, and geochronology.
For the last 30 years I have focused primarily on the Quaternary history and glacial geology of Wisconsin. I have also had the opportunity to study glaciers and glacial processes in places such as Antarctica, Alaska, Scandinavia, and New Zealand. These efforts allow me to collaborate with colleagues to bring the latest ideas and techniques to my research in Wisconsin.
As a scientist at WGNHS, I use my knowledge of geology to develop maps, reports, and other publications that describe the distribution and nature of the glacial deposits of Wisconsin.
An important and enjoyable part of my work is interacting with students, clients, and professional colleagues who use geology as part of their efforts, and with the general public who have an interest in geology. Much of this interaction with the public takes place in the form of public lectures and field trips, and providing technical assistance. The publication of the book Roadside Geology of Wisconsin (coauthor with Robert H. Dott, Jr.) was a major public education effort.
Quaternary geology and landscape evolution of northeastern Wisconsin
Syverson, K.M., Clayton, Lee, Attig, J.W., and Mickelson, D.M., Eds., 2011, Lexicon of Peistocene Stratigraphic Units of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Technical Report 1.
Batten, W.G., and Attig, J.W., 2010, Preliminary geology of Iowa County, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Open-File Report 2010-01.
Rawling, J.E., Hanson, P.R., Young, Aaron, and Attig, J.W., 2008, Late Pleistocene dune construction in the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin, USA: Geomorphology, vol. 100, p. 494-505.Clayton, Lee, Attig, J.W., Ham, N.R., Johnson, M.D., Jennings, C.E., and Syverson, K.M., 2008, Ice-walled-lake plains: Implications for the origin of hummocky glacial topography in middle North America: Geomorphology, v. 97, p. 237-248
Attig, J.W., Hooyer, T.S., Mode, W.N., and Clayton, Lee, 2005, Glacial Lakes Wisconsin and Oshkosh—Two very different late-glacial ice-marginal lakes in Wisconsin: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 5, p. 22.
Dott, R.H., Jr., and Attig, J.W., 2004, Roadside Geology of Wisconsin: Missoula, Montana, Mountain Press, 345 p.
Attig, J.W., and Batten, W.G., 2004, Quaternary geology of the Peshtigo River State Forest area: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Open-File Report 2004-05.
Woodruff, L.G., Attig, J.W., and Cannon, W.F., 2004, Geochemistry of glacial sediment in the area of the Bend massive sulfide deposit, north-central Wisconsin: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 82, p. 97–109. Abstract: doi:10.1016/j.gexplo.2004.01.001
Updated October 11, 2011