Utah Lake Freeze Core
  • Curator of the Garrett Herbarium, Utah Museum of Natural History
  • Co-Science Director Rio Mesa Center
  • Associate Professor, Geography Department


  • Blarquez O, Vanniere B, Marlon JR, Daniau A-L, Power MJ, Brewer S, Bartlein PJ (2014) Paleofire: an R package to analyse sedimentary charcoal records from the Global charcoal Database to reconstruct past biomass burning. Computers and Geosciences vol 72: 255-261. Published, 12/01/2014.
  • Bush, MB, McMichael, CH, Raczka, MF, de Toledo, MB, Power, MJ, De Oliveira, PE (2014). The Holocene of Amazonia. Book Chapter: In Paleontologia: Cenários de Vida – Paleoclimas. Published, 10/2014.
  • Brücher T, Brovkin V, Kloster S, Marlon JR, Power MJ (2013) Comparing modeled fire dynamics with charcoal records for the Holocene. Climates of the Past, 9, 6429–6458. Published, 11/01/2013.
  • Kehrwald, NM, Whitlock, C, Barbante, C, Brovkin, V, Daniau, A-L, Kaplan, JO, Marlon JR, Power, MJ, Thonicke K, and GR van der Werf (2013) Recent wildfires fuel advancements in fire research. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. Published, 09/01/2013.
  • Aleman, JC, Blarquez, O, Bentaleb, I, Bonté, P, Brossier, B, Carcaillet, C, Gond, V, Gourlet-Fleury, S, Kpolita, A, Lefèvre, I, Oslisly, R, Power, MJ, Yongo, O, Bremond, L, Favier, C (2013). Tracking land-cover changes with sedimentary charcoal in the Afrotropics. The Holocene. Published, 09/01/2013.
  • Power MJ (2013) Biomass burning in the Earth system during the last 21,000 years: A paleofire perspective (Eds. C.Belcher and G.Rein) In Fire Phenomena and the Earth System, Wiley-Blackwell. Accepted, 06/01/2013.
  • Brown, KJ and Power, MJ (in press) Charred Particle Analyses. Invited chapter to Quaternary Science Encyclopedia, 2013. Accepted, 06/01/2013.
  • Power MJ, Mayle, FE, Bartlein, PJ and co-authors (2013) 16th Century burning decline in the Americas: population collapse or climate change? The Holocene 23(1):3-13. Published, 01/01/2013.
  • Morris, J, Brunelle, A, Munson, AS, DeRose, RJ, Seppa, H, Power, MJ, Carter, V, Bares,R. (2012) Using fire regimes to delineate zones in a high resolution lake sediment record. Quaternary Research, 79(1):24-36. Published, 12/2012.
  • Whitlock C, Dean W, Fritz S, Stevens L, Stone JF, Power, MJ, Rosenbaum JR, Pierce KL, and Bracht-Flyr, B (2012) Holocene seasonal variability inferred from multiple proxy records from Crevice Lake, Yellowstone National Park, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Published, 02/29/2012.
  • Power MJ, Whitlock C, Bartlein PJ (2011) Postglacial fire, vegetation, and climate history across an elevational gradient in the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 09/01/2011.
  • Long, C and Power, MJ, McDonald, B (2011) Millennial-scale fire and vegetation history from a mesic hardwood forest of southeastern Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26:318-325. Published, 03/2011.
  • Vannière B, Power MJ, Roberts N, Tinner W, Carrión J, Magny M, Bartlein P (2011) Circum-Mediterranean fire activity and climate changes during the mid Holocene environmental transition (8500-2500 cal yr BP). The Holocene, 21:53-73. Published, 02/01/2011.
  • Long, CJ, Power, MJ, Bartlein, PJ (2011) The effects of fire and tephra deposition on forest vegetation in the Central Cascades, Oregon. Quaternary Research 75:151-158. Published, 01/2011.
  • Power, MJ, Bush, M.B., Behling, H., Horn, S.P., Mayle, F.E., and D.H. Urrego (2010) Paleofire activity in tropical America during the last 21 ka. PAGES News, Special Edition: (Eds.) C. Whitlock and W. Tinner, “Fire in the Earth System: A Paleo-perspective”,18(2): 73-75. Published, 08/27/2010.
  • Mayle, FE, Burn, MJ, Power MJ, and Urrego, D (2009) Degetation and fire at the LGM in tropical South America. Chapter in, (eds.) F. Sylvestre and F. Vimeux, Springer Pub. Published, 10/19/2009.
  • Shuman, B, Henderson, A, Colman, SM, Stone, JR, Fritz, SC, Stevens, LR, Power, MJ, Whitlock, C. (2009) Holocene lake-level trends in the Rocky Mountains, U.S.A. Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 07/07/2009.
  • Marlon, JR, Bartlien, PJ, Walsh, MK, Harrison, SP, Brown, KJ, Edwards, ME, Higuera, PE, Power, MJ, Anderson, RS, Briles, C, Brunelle A, Carcaillet, C, Daniels, M, Hu, FS, Lavoie, M, Long, C, Minkley, T, Richard, PJH, Shafer, DS, Tinner, W, Umbanhowar, CE Jr, Whitlock, C (2009) Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Published, 01/03/2009.

Research Statement

Dr. Power is a curator of the Garrett Herbarium at the Natural History Museum of Utah and studies long-term vegetation history from the analysis of pollen and plant macrofossils preserved in sedimentary environments.

Research Keywords

  • disturbance
  • Vegetation
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleoclimatology


  • Megafires in the Americas: the causes and the consequences presented to University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, France. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • LOTRED-2014 3rd International Symposium: “Climate Change and Human Impact in Central & South America", Medellin, Colombia . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2014.
  • Utah Valley University, Department of Earth Science Lecture series. Wildfires of the West: climate-fire linkages on multiple time scales. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2014.
  • "Post-1500 AD biomass burning reduction in the Americas: Climate change or population collapse" presented to the National Fire Science Lab, Missoula, Montana. Presentation, Presented, 02/23/2012.
  • Ecological Society of America (ESA): Climatic control of the biomass-burning decline in the Americas after AD 1500. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2011.
  • International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA): Global Paleofire Syntheses: Lessons from the Global Charcoal Database . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2011.
  • Biomass burning in the Americas after 1500AD: European contact or climate? Special Session organized by M. Power at the American Geophysical Union "Meeting of the Americas". Conference Paper, Presented, 08/11/2010.

Research Groups

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Uinta Mountains vegetation, disturbance and climate history. PI: M.J. Power. USDA Ashley National Forest, 08/01/2011 - present. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00
  • Great Basin Vegetation and Fire History. PI: M.J. Power. Bureau of Land Management, 06/01/2010 - 12/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $59,000.00
  • French Guiana Fire History. PI: Jose Itiarte. NERC funding to Jose Iriarte, University of Exeter, UK, 05/01/2010 - 09/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $0.00


  • Spanish, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Americas
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
    Beginning paleo-tempestology research.
  • Colombia
  • France
    3 month Invited Professor position Sep-Dec 2014.
  • French Guiana
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Southern Europe