Principal Investigator

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Kevin J Anchukaitis
Associate Professor
School of Geography and Development
ENR2 Building, Office S514

Kevin is a paleoclimatologist, dendrochronologist, and earth systems geographer specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change over the Common Era and the interaction between past climate and human society. He uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate dynamics across a range of temporal and spatial scales, from local to global and interannual to millennial. These include dendroclimatology, climate field reconstruction and spatiotemporal data analysis, stable isotopes, forward and numerical modeling of paleoclimate proxies, and the integration of paleoclimate data with General Circulation Modeling. He holds joint faculty appointments in Geosciences and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and is the chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change.

[curriculum vitae] [Twitter]

Postdoctoral Reseachers

We're excited that Nicolas Gauthier will join the Past Landscapes Lab in Fall 2019 as a postdoctoral scholar working on applications of high spatial resolution paleoenvironmental reconstructions, paleoclimate modeling, and innovative statistical methods.

Graduate Students

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Jessie Pearl
Ph.D. student, Geosciences

Jessie received her B.S. in Geology from Tufts University with a double major in Environmental Studies. Her research uses Atlantic White Cedar trees and other paleoenvironmental proxies from the northeastern United States to reconstruct past coastal climate variability and storm events. Jessie is a University of Arizona Carson Scholar and a Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar. She successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in April 2019 and will be a University of Washington Geoscientist-in-the-Park at Saguaro National Park during summer 2019 before starting a postdoctoral position in fall 2019. You can follow her on Twitter @swampmonstah.

For more information please visit Jessie’s personal website at:

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Talia Anderson
M.S. student, Geography

Talia graduated from the University of Minnesota with a dual-degree in Geography and Spanish Studies. She specializes in the study of Latin American mountain landscapes across different spatiotemporal scales and has developed and analyzed new Guatemalan tree-ring chronologies in order to study how climate change might impact forests in Central America. She continues to investigate the past, present, and future of climate change impacts on Central American forest systems. Before moving to Arizona, she worked for the TRACE (Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment) project, a forest warming experiment in Puerto Rico. For her master's research, Talia was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the hydroclimate variability of wetlands in the Chilean Altiplano region using tree rings and remote sensing.
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Julie Edwards
M.S. student, Geography

Julie received her bachelor’s degree in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA. She then worked as a GIS technician at an international aid and development nonprofit. Before coming to the University of Arizona, Julie was a research assistant at UCLA and California State University, Northridge. Julie's research focuses on using high-resolution quantitative analysis of tree rings for climate reconstruction and to identify and interpret climate extremes in the paleoclimate record.
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Jonathan King
Ph.D. student, Geosciences

Jonathan received a B.S. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College. He then worked with the USGS before earning his Masters in Geoscience from the University of Arizona. Jonathan is interested in assimilating paleoclimate proxies with climate model simulations over the Holocene. When not in the lab, he enjoys climbing and running in the Sonoran desert.

Research and Technical Staff

William Edward Wright
Research Specialist, Principal
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Kiyomi Morino
Research Specialist, Senior
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Former Lab Members

Dr. Gloria Jimenez
Ph.D. Geosciences (2018)
Now - Natural Catastrophe Research Scientist, Chubb
Laura Fleming
Undergraduate Co-op Student
Now - Graduate Student, MIT/WHOI Joint Program
Manuel Hernandez
SOARS Protege/WHOI Summer Student
Now - Graduate Student, UNC