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Environmental Change Research Group | Geography Department


We study the 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.  We use lake sediments to reconstruct past climate events and their effects on ecosystems.  We also use records of tree growth (tree rings) and spatial analyses to address processes operating more recently.

See an interactive map of our study sites.

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.

News  [News archive]
Two papers accepted emerging from our recently completed Joint Fire Science Program grant.
Dave Fisher accepted a job in Seattle with the Natural Capital Project. Congrats, Dave!
Congratulations to Aquila Flower for accepting a tenure-track position at Western Washington University! Her dissertation Western spruce budworm, climate, and forest fire interactions in the Interior Pacific Northwest: a Multi-century Dendrochronological Analysis was successfully defended June 2013.
Dave Fisher presented his Masters thesis Postglacial transient dynamics of Olympic Peninsula forests: Comparing predictions and observations (May 13, 2013)
Just out: Gavin D.G., and Hu F.S. (2013) Northwestern North America. In: Elias S.A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Vol. 4 pp. 124-132. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
New paper on the dynamic character of forests of the western Olympic Peninsula is now in press in Ecological Monographs.
Oregon's Orphan Redwood paper is now out in Northwest Science. Read more at big-stump.com
Paper by Jenn Marlon in Nature Geosciences is one of the editors' ten favourite papers in their web focus that celebrates the fifth anniversary of the journal!
Climate and human influences on global biomass burning over the past two millennia.
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Updated June 2013.