Prospective Students

I typically prefer to advise graduate students who are interested in developing research on questions related to paleoenvironmental reconstructions particularly using tree-rings. My collaborative work with the CoRPS research group here at UA also provides several opportunities for research on multiproxy reconstructions using tree-rings and fluvial and marine sediments.

At this time, I am particularly interested in recruiting a PhD student(s) prepared to start in Fall 2023. This position would be research funded (no teaching required) and potential projects are not limited to any specific funding.

Some potential projects include:

  • Developing long tree-ring chronologies from buried subfossil bald cypress along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. We currently have an NSF-funded project to develop these chronologies.

  • Building drought and streamflow reconstructions in the southeastern US, particularly Florida

  • Developing proxy records of hurricane landfall along the Gulf Coast, as well as records of inland flooding

  • A pilot project to study AR-induced flooding on the US West Coast

  • Using tree rings to study fluvial flooding for rivers in the SE US

Students with a strong quantitative background and an interest in any of the above topics (or similar) should contact me before applying to the UA Geography PhD program. Please email me at with the subject line “PhD student” and include your CV and some idea of research projects you may be interested in pursuing. For full consideration for 2023 you will need to apply by December 15, 2022. Thanks!