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Environmental Change Research Group | Geography
We take a long-term view on ecological questions. Using paleorecords (especially from lake-sediment archives) we reconstruct the environments of the late Pleistocene and Holocene to address the links between biodiversity, climate, and disturbance processes.
People in the lab  [Lab alumni]
  • Daniel Gavin - Professor
  • Erin Herring - Research associate. Paleoecology, biogeography, palynology.
  • Lauren Hendricks - Ph.D. Student. Climate change, ecology, fire history and disturbance regimes, spatial analysis, cartography.
  • Geoffrey Johnson - Ph.D. Student. Forest Ecology, Environmental History, Climage Change, Human-Environmental Interactions.
  • Monika Ruwaimana - Ph.D. Student. Peatland history in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Chantel Saban - Ph.D. Student. Paleoecology, fire history, Great Basin, human paleoecology.
  • Natalie Kozlowski - M.S. Student. Quaternary paleoecology; forest change in the Puget lowland.
  • Rose Nittler - Lab technician
Recent publications  [News archive]
Monika Ruwaimana's paper on the upper Kapuas peats: The oldest extant tropical peatland in the world: a major carbon reservoir for at least 47,000 years.
Geomorphology and vegetation history of the Upper Fraser, British Columbia: Deglacial landforms and Holocene vegetation trajectories in the northern interior cedar-hemlock forests of British Columbia.
Geoffrey Johnson's work on Coos Bay sediments and recent coastal processes: Estuarine dissolved oxygen history inferred from sedimentary trace metal and organic matter preservation.
High resolution lake sediment record reveals self‐organized criticality in erosion processes regulated by internal feedbacks.
Millennial-scale decline in coho salmon abundance since the middle Holocene in a coastal Oregon watershed, USA.
Exceptionally effective long-distance dispersal but slow range in-filling in the Holocene history of mountain hemlock. Herring et al. in Journal of Ecology
Holocene tree line changes in the Canadian Cordillera are controlled by climate and topography.
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.

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Updated September 2018