Nebraska Authors

Merlin Paul Lawson

A long time geography professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lawson's interests included the historical weather of the Great Plains, meteorology, climate change, and the effects of climate change on coral reefs. In addition to teaching, Lawson held a research appointment at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. He has served as Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Great Plains; Climate; Climatology; Geology; Physical Geography; Natural History


PhD in geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA


Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Ron Block (National Weather Service), student


The Climate of the Great American Desert: Reconstruction of the Climate of Western Interior United States, 1800–1850. 1974.
Images of the Plains: The Role of Human Nature in Settlement. 1975. (editor with Brian Blouet)
The Great Plaine: Perspectives and Prospects. 1981. (editor with Maurice Baker)
Climatic Atlas of Nebraska. 1977. (editor with Ralph E. Neild,‎ Kenneth F. Dewey)

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Merlin Paul Lawson

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