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Department of Geography


Cary J. Mock

Title: Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1211
Office: Callcott, Room 211
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Geography
Cary Mock


Dr. Mock obtained his Ph.D. in geography at the University of Oregon in 1994.  He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in 1994-1995 and subsequently did a postdoc at the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington.  He joined the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina in 1999.



Cary Mock is a climatologist with research interests in historical climatology and environments, synoptic climatology, and late-Quaternary paleoclimatology. Recently, he and Scott Elias co-edited the Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2nd ed., Elsevier Press). His historical climatology interests, focused mostly within the last few hundred years, include reconstructing extreme weather events and hazards, hurricanes, and assessing historical impacts of climate on society. Geographically, his research covers most of North America but has also expanded internationally and includes East Asia, the Western Arctic, Belize, Bermuda, and Constantinople (Istanbul).  For more information on his historical climatology research, please refer to his Historical Climatology Research website.   



GEOG 346:  Climate and Society
GEOG 365:  Hurricanes and Tropical Climatology
GEOG 545:  Synoptic Meteorology
GEOG 567:  Long Term Environmental Change


Representative Publications 

(In press) Marlon, J. R., N. Pederson, C. Nolan, S. Goring, B. Shuman, A. Robertson, R. Booth, P.J. Bartlein, M A. Berke, M. Clifford, E. Cook, A. Dieffenbacher-Krall, M.C. Dietze, A. Hessl, J. Bradford Hubeny, S.T. Jackson, J. Marsicek, J. McLachlan, C.J. Mock, D. J.P. Moore, J. Nichols, D. Peteet,  J. Schaefer, V. Trouet, C. Umbanhowar, J. W. Williams, and Z. Yu. “Paleoclimate of the Northeastern United States during the Past 3000 Years.” Climate of the Past.

2017 Mock, C.J.  “The Temporal Memory of Major Hurricanes.”  In: Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather (G. Endfield and L. Veale, eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London and New York, pp. 78-92.

2017  Mock, C.J.  “History of Climatology.”  In:  The International Encyclopedia of Geography (D. Richardson, N. Castree, M.F. Goodchild, A.L. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. Marston, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0895

2016  Mock, C.J., K. Carter, and K.W. Birkeland.  “Some Perspectives on Avalanche Climatology.”  Annals of the Association of American Geographers DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1203285

2015  Brugnara, Y., R. Auchman, S. Brönnimann, R.J. Allan, I. Auer, M. Barriendos, H. Bergström, J. Bhend, R. Brázdil, G.P. Compo, R.C. Cornes, F. Dominguez-Castro, A.F.V. van Engelen, J. Filipiak, J. Holopainen, M. Kunz, J. Luterbacher, M. Maugeri, L. Mercalli, A. Moberg, C.J. Mock, G. Pichard, L. Reznickova, G. van der Schrier, V. Slonosky, Z. Ustrnul, M.A. Valente, P. Winkler, A. Wypych, and X. Yin.  A Collection of Sub-daily Pressure and Temperature Observations for the Early Instrumental Period with a Focus on the “year without a summer” 1816.  Climate of the Past 11: 1027-1047.

2015  Cram, T. and 46 others (included in the list alphabetically).  “The International Surface Pressure Databank.”  Geoscience Data Journal 2:  31-46.  

2015  Mock, C.J.  “Climate and History.”  In:  The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (J. Miller, ed.). Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, pp 104-107.

2014  Pederson, N., J.M. Dyer, R.W. McEwan, A.E. Hessl, C.J. Mock, D.A. Orwig, H.E. Rieder, and B.I. Cook.  "The Legacy of Episodic Climatic Events in Shaping Temperate, Broadleaf Forests."  Ecological Monographs 84(4):  559-620.

2013  Hall, A.W., M. Crisfafulli, K. Johnson, B. Rogoff, and C. Mock.  “Mystery of the Confederate Deep.”  Civil War Monitor 8(4):  45-55.

2013  Elias, S. and C.J. Mock (eds.).  The Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, 2nd ed.  Elsevier Press.  

2012  Mock, C.J.  "Instrumental and Documentary Evidence of Environmental Change."  In:  The Sage Handbook of Environmental Change (J.A. Matthews, P.J. Bartlein, K.R. Briffa, A.G. Dawson, A. de Vernal, T. Denham, S.C. Fritz, and F. Oldfield, eds.), pp. 345-360.  

2010  Mock, C.J., M. Chenoweth, I. Altamirano , M.D. Rodgers, and R. García-Herrera.  "The Great New Orleans Hurricane of 1812."  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91: 1653-1663.

2009  Dupigny-Giroux, L.A. and C.J. Mock (eds.).  Historical Climate Variability and Impacts in North America.  Springer Publishers, New York-Dordrecht.  

2008  Kokorawski, H.D., P.M. Anderson, C.J. Mock, and A.V. Lozhkin.  "A Re-Evaluation and Spatial Analysis of Evidence for a Younger Dryas Climatic Reversal in Beringia."  Quaternary Science Reviews 27:  1710-1722.

2008  Landsea, C.W., D.A. Glenn, W. Bredemeyer, M. Chenoweth, R. Ellis, J.  Gamache, L. Hufstetler, C. Mock, R. Perez, R. Prieto, J. Sánchez-Sesma, D. Thomas, and L. Woolcock.  “A Reanalysis of the 1911 to 1920 Atlantic Hurricane Database." Journal of Climate 21:  2138-2168.

2007  Mock, C.J., J. Mojzisek, M. Chenoweth, M. McWaters, and D.W. Stahle.  “The Winter of 1827-1828 over Eastern North America:  A Season of Extraordinary Climatic Anomalies, Societal Impacts, and False Spring.” Climatic Change 81:  87-115.

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