University of Victoria
Bethany specializes in the development and analysis of high-resolution paleoenvironmental (historical environmental) records, which she uses to interpret the impacts of climate change on earth’s hydroclimatology and forest vegetation. A principal goal of her work is to design studies that generate useful information for water, forest, and other resource managers, and policy-makers addressing climate change.
Bethany’s postdoctoral research uses tree-ring data to explore long-term interactions among precipitation, streamflow, drought, and forest primary productivity across the Mediterranean region. Her previous and ongoing research programs include assessing the unusualness of recent snowpack declines, streamflow drought, and glacier ice melt in western Canada; developing new methods for paleohydrology in underrepresented environments; assessing the impact of snowpack declines on forest vegetation in the Canadian Coast Mountains; and evaluating hazardous mass movement events related to climate change in the Canadian cordilleras. For more information please visit Bethany’s personal website at: bethanycoulthard.strikingly.com