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April Hiscox

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 777-6604
Office: Callcott, Room 212
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April Hiscox


Dr. Hiscox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. She received her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut in 2006. She joined the University of South Carolina in 2010 after serving two years as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Louisiana State University. April is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences and the AMS Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.


Dr. Hiscox research interests are in boundary layer meterology with a specific focus on near surface dispersion and land air interactions.  She uses a variety of field instrumentation to take measurements of near surface atmospheric phenomena.  She is a lidar specialist, using this unique form of remote sensing to track aerosol plumes from a variety of sources including dust, smoke and pesticide sprays.

More can be found at Dr. Hiscox's lab webpage.


GEOG 104: Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 202: Introduction to Weather and Climate
GEOG 371: Air Pollution Climatology
GEOG 571: Microclimatology

Representative Publications 

Hiscox, A.L., Flecher, S., Wang, J.J., Viator, H.P., 2015. “A comparative analysis of potential impact area of common sugar cane burning methods”. Atmospheric Environment 106, 154-164.

Bagtzoglou, A. C., E. D. Kenney, A. Hiscox, and D. R. Miller, 2014: Optimization-Based Atmospheric Plume Source Identification. Environmental Forensics, 15, 147-158.

Holmen, B. A., J. Kasumba, A. Hiscox, J. Wang & D. R. Miller, 2013. “Mechanized and Natural Soil-to-Air Transfer of Trifluralin and Prometryn from a Cotton Field in Las Cruces, New Mexico.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61, 9776-9783.

Granucci, D.V., M. Rudnicki, A.L. Hiscox, H-B Su, and D.R. Miller, 2013,  “Quantifying the Effects of Freezing on Tree Sway Frequency,” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 168, 10-14.

Miller, D.R., L.R. Khot, A. L. Hiscox, M. Salyani, T.W. Walker, and M. Farooq, 2012, “Effect of Atmospheric Conditions on Coverage of Fogger Applications in a Desert Surface Boundary Layer,” Transactions of the ASABE, 55(2): 351-361.

Haggard, B.J., D. Weindorf, A. Hiscox, 2012, “Evaluation of the Predictive Capabilities of Landsat 7 ETM+ on 50 cm Mean Annual Soil Temperature in the Transylvanian Plain, Romania,” European Journal of Soil Science, 63(2): 299-310. 

Hiscox, A.L., and M. Macauda, 2012, “Airborne Toxic Chemicals” in The Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Robert A. Meyers (editor), Springer, New York, 298-309.

Khot, L.R., D.R. Miller, A.L. Hiscox, M. Salyani, T.D. Walker, M. Farooq, 2011, “Lidar Extrapolation of Droplet Catch Measurements in Aerosol Application Treatments,” Atomization and Sprays, 21(2):149-158.

Wang, Junming, David R. Miller, Ted. W. Sammis, A.L. Hiscox, Wenli Yang, and Britt A. Holmén, 2010, “Local Dust Emission Factors for Agricultural Tilling Operations,” Soil Science, 175, 194-200.

Hiscox, April L., David R. Miller, and Carmen Nappo, 2010, “Plume Meander and Dispersion in a Stable Boundary Layer,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D21105. doi: 10.1029/2010jd014102

Nappo, Carmen, April L. Hiscox, and David R. Miller, 2010, “A Note on Turbulence Stationarity and Wind Persistence Within the Stable Planetary Boundary Layer,” Boundary Layer Meteorology, 136(10), 165-174.