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Our research addresses the variability of past climates and the biogeographic and ecosystem consequences of that variability, with implications for gauging threats of ongoing climate change, land use, and population growth.

  • Paleoclimatology
    • Paleoclimate model intercomparison
    • Data analysis and visualization
  • Paleoecology
    • Multi-proxy studies from lake sediments
    • Influences of natural disturbances and climate change on the composition and structure of forests, at several scales in space and time, through the use of interdisciplinary approaches
    • Fire history from lake sediments and tree rings
  • Environmental Modeling
    • Vegetation modeling responses to past climate change
  • Biogeography
    • Reconstructing regional vegetation response to climate change
    • Refugia of biodiversity during the glacial maximum and other climate events

See an interactive map of our study sites.

News  [News archive]
Beginning to gear up for new projects! "From California to the Indonesian islands, From the redwood forest to the Summer Lake waters"...apologies to Woody Guthrie. Website update coming summer 2016.
Big transitions in spring 2016: Farewell to Christoph Schworer, who is heading back to University of Bern after a thoroughly productive 1.5 years in Oregon.
New Report: Oregon 2100: projected climatic and ecological changes.
Sediment buried in Oregon Coast Range points to a frosty past: New paper in Science Advances on erosion history of the Oregon Coast Range.
Areas of endemism in the context of postglacial vegetation change: New paper in Frontiers of Biogeography.
New paper out by former PhD Student Erin Herring on Climate and vegetation since the Last Interglacial (MIS 5e) in a putative glacial refugium.
Welcome to Kira Hoffman, a PhD student visiting from UVic, who will be here on a fellowship until April 2015.
Aquila Flower's study of budworm-fire synergisms published in PLoS One.
Current and recent funding from:

Other stuff
Late Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington by D.G. Gavin and L.B. Brubaker.

Climate Refugia workshop (Two reports published from the August 2012 workshop).

Revealing Nature's Past: High-school curriculum for teaching climate-change concepts and an introduction to paleoecology.

Current Weather and Climate
Global Climate Animations
Data Graphics Research
Western US Fire and Climate Research

Updated November 2014