ANDREA R BRUNELLE portrait
  • Research Curator, Utah Museum of Natural History
  • Chair Department of Geography
  • Department Head, Geography Department
  • Professor, Geography Department
  • Co-Director of Research, Rio Mesa Research Station, Vp For Research
801-585-5729

Research Statement

I am interested in past environments (paleoecology) of the Western United States with an emphasis on:  Fire History, Climate Change, Vegetation Reconstructions (Palynology and Macrofossils), and Long-Term Records of Insect Infestation (Bark Beetles)

RED Lab website: http://www.geog.utah.edu/red_lab

Presentations

  • Brunelle, A., Power, M., Eckerle, W. (2015). A Holocene Record of Vegetation, Fire and the Seasonality of Precipitation for the Bonneville Basin, USA. PACLIM, Asilomar, California. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/10/2015.
  • A Holocene Record of Vegetation, Fire and the Seasonality of Precipitation for the Bonneville Basin, USA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/17/2014.
  • Using paleoecology to better understand archaeological records: past environmental history at Red Fish Bog and Redden Springs, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/12/2014.
  • Climate driven dynamics in southwestern US desert ecosystems. Invited Talk, Nakama Research Talk, University of Utah Vice President for Research, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/05/2014.
  • Fires and Floods in the American Southwest: Climate Controls on Desert Ecology. Invited Talk, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/09/2014.
  • Using sediments to evaluate woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, USA. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. Presentation, Presented, 04/18/2014.
  • Bark Beetles in the West: Using Paleoecology to Understand Modern Outbreak Dynamics. Invited Plenary Talk, Hot Springs Mammoth Site Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/14/2014.
  • Climate driven dynamics in southwestern US desert ecosystems. Invited Talk, Global Change and Sustainability Center Seminar Series, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2013.
  • A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in desert grasslands, New Mexico. Abstract and Oral Presentation, SCERP Technical Conference, Tempe, AZ. Presentation, Presented, 04/2013.
  • A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in desert grasslands, New Mexico. Abstract and Oral Presentation, PACLIM, Pacific Grove, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Using Paleoecological Records to Understand Past Climate. Invited Talk, Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Brunelle, A. (2012). Invited Panelist, Teaching Climate Change. Great Plains- Rocky Mountain Regional AAG. Panel, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Brunelle, A. (2012). Using Sediment Records to Understand Past Environments. Invited Talk, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Ensenada. In Spanish. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Brunelle, A. (2012). Desert Wetlands in the Southwestern U.S.: Holocene Climate Controls on Form and Function. Abstract and Oral Presentation, AAG Annual Meeting, February, New York City, NY. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/2012.
  • Brunelle, A., Morris, J., and Munson, S. (2011). Using paleoecology to understand spruce bark beetle outbreaks in high-elevation Utah forests. Invited Talk to the Natural Resources Law Forum, SJ Quinney Law School, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/15/2011.
  • Brunelle, A. (2011). Fire in the Desert: Using Wetland Sediments to Tell the Story. Invited Talk to University of Texas-El Paso Geological Sciences and Environmental Science Seminar Series. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/24/2011.
  • Brunelle, A. (2011). What the Past Can Tell Managers About the Future: Using Paleoecological Data to Inform Ecosystem Restoration and Management. Invited Talk, Policy at the Podium, Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/18/2011.

Lab Website

Updates on research, copies of publications and information about students can be found at http://www.geog.utah.edu/red_lab.

Languages

  • Spanish, functional.
    Continuing to study Spanish.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Mexico
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
    Western United States.

Publications

  • *Morris, J.L., DeRose, R.J., and Brunelle, A.R. (2015). Long-term landscape changes in a subalpine spruce-fir forest in central Utah, USA. Forest Ecosystems. 2:35, 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s40663-015-0057-0. Published, 12/24/2015.
  • Anderson, L., Brunelle, A. & Thompson, R. S. (2015). A multi-proxy record of hydroclimate, vegetation, fire, and post-settlement impacts for a subalpine plateau, central Rocky Mountains, U.S.A. SAGE Publications. Vol. 25(6), 932-943. Published, 2015.
  • *Lundeen, Z., Brunelle, A. (2016). A 14,000-year record of fire, climate, and vegetation from the Bear River Range, southeast Idaho, USA. The Holocene. doi:10.1177/0959683615622545. In press, 11/12/2015.
  • *Morris, J.L., *Watt, J., Courtney Mustaphi C.J., *Carter, V., Derr, K., Anderson, R.S., Brunelle, A. (2014). Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published and ongoing work. Quaternary International, 1-15. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.03.022. Published, 04/08/2014.
  • *Carter, V. Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Dennison, P. (2013). Regionalization of fire regimes in the Intermountain West, USA. Quaternary Research 80:406-416. Published, 11/2013.
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Delgadillo, J. and *Blissett, S. (2014). A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 25, 829-838. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12125. Published, 10/18/2013.
  • A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 25, 829-838. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12125. Published, 10/18/2013.
  • *Lundeen, Z., Brunelle, A., Burns, S.J., Asmerom, Y., Polyak, V., (2013). Holocene Paleoclimate from a Northern Wasatch Mountains Speleothem: Season Specific Insight into the Hydroclimatic History of the Great Salt Lake Basin. Quaternary International 310:83-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.03.018. Published, 10/2013.
  • *Morris, J.L., Brunelle, A., Munson, A.S., Spencer, J., and Power, M.J. (2012). Holocene vegetation and fire reconstructions from the Aquarius Plateau, Utah, USA. Quaternary International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.10.055. Published, 10/2013.
  • *Nishizawa, S. Currey, D.R., Brunelle, A. and Sack, D. (2013). Bonneville basin shoreline records of large lake events in Marine Isotope Stages 3 and 2. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 386: 374-391. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.05.034. Published, 09/15/2013.
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Delgadillo, J. and *Blissett, S. (In press). A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science. In press, 08/20/2013.
  • *Morris, J., le Roux, P., *Macharia, A., Brunelle, A., Hebertson, E., and *Lundeen, Z. (2013). Organic, elemental, and geochemical contributions to lake sediment deposits during severe spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) disturbances. Forest Ecology and Management 289:78-89. Published, 02/01/2013.
  • *Morris J., Brunelle, A., DeRose, R.J., Seppä, H., Power, M.J., *Carter,V., and *Bares, R. (2013). Using quantitative fire regime zones on a high-resolution lake sediment record from southwestern Utah, USA. Quaternary Research 79:24-36. Published, 01/2013.
  • *Lundeen, Z., Brunelle, A., Burns, S.J., Asmerom, Y., Polyak, V., (In Press). Holocene Paleoclimate from a Northern Wasatch Mountains Speleothem: Season Specific Insight into the Hydroclimatic History of the Great Salt Lake Basin. Quaternary International.. In press, 12/2012.
  • *Nishizawa, S., Currey, D., Brunelle, A, and Sack, D. (2012). Bonneville basin shoreline records of a large lake during Marine Isotope Stage 16. Quaternary Science Reviews 58:1-6.. Published, 10/11/2012.
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Lips, E., and Burnett, P. (In Press). An environmental history from a high elevation lake basin in the intermountain West: Little Brooklyn Lake, WY. Journal of Quaternary Science.. In press, 10/05/2012.
  • *Morris, J., le Roux, P., *Macharia, A., Brunelle, A., Hebertson, E., and *Lundeen, Z. (In press). Organic, elemental, and geochemical contributions to lake sediment deposits during severe spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) disturbances. Forest Ecology and Management.. In press, 10/2012.
  • *Morris, J. and Brunelle, A. (2012). Pollen accumulation in lake sediments during historic spruce beetle disturbances in subalpine forests of southern Utah, USA. The Holocene, doi: 10.1177/0959683612437870.. Published, 03/19/2012.
  • Minckley, T., Brunelle, A., and *Blissett, S. (2011) Holocene sedimentary and environmental history of an in-channel wetland along the ecotone of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. Invited Contribution for Special Issue of Quaternary International. 235, 40-47. Released, 04/15/2011.
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Blissett, S., Cobabe, S. and Guzman, B., (2010). An 8000 year fire history of a southwestern U.S. desert wetland. Journal of Arid Environments 74: 475-481. Published, 03/2010.
  • Minckley, T.A., M.Clementz, A.R. Brunelle, and G.A. Minckley. (2009). Isotopic analysis of wetland development in the American Southwest. The Holocene 19: 737-745. Published, 2009.
  • Marlon, J., Bartlein, P., Walsh, M., Harrison, S., Brown, K., Edwards, M., Higuera, P., Power, M., Whitlock, C., Anderson, R. S., Briles, C., Brunelle, A., Carcaillet, C., Daniels, M, Hu, F., Lavoie, M., Long, C., Minckley, T., Richard, P., Shafer, D., Tinner, W., Umbanhower, C. Jr. (2009). Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106, 2519-2524. Published, 2009.