Utah Lake Freeze Core
  • Curator of the Garrett Herbarium, Utah Museum of Natural History
  • Associate Professor, Geography Department

Current Courses

Fall 2019

  • GEOG 5950-008
    Undergraduate Research
  • GEOG 6950-010
    Indiv Projects
  • GEOG 7950-004
    Indiv Projects

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

Courses I Teach

  • GEOG 3270/5270 - Biogeography: Global Patterns of Life
    This course takes a detailed look at the present day distribution of all life forms on Earth and examines the factors that have led to this distribution, in particular plate tectonics, climate change, and human disturbance. The most recent techniques used by biogeographers are reviewed. A basic understanding of biology (botany, zoology, mammalogy) is required, and the lectures and discussions will assume that the class possesses such knowledge.
  • GEOG 5275/6275 - Vegetation and Climate Change
    This graduate seminar explores recent and late Quaternary linkages between vegetation and climate variability. Students will be expected to lead discussions on peer-reviewed literature covering topics on; plant migrations, plant evolution, paleoecology and conservation biology, natural disturbance, prehistoric landscapes and future vegetation dynamics
  • GEOG 6410 - Paleoclimatology
    Paleoclimatology is the study of climate prior to the period of instrumental measurements. A longer perspective on past climate variability provide a basis for understanding current and future climatic change.

Teaching Projects

  • QUESTING SUMMER SCHOOL. Project Lead: Mitchell Power and Boris Vanniere. Collaborators: Boris Vanniere, CNRS. French Government (CNRS-UFC) and University of Utah 08/24/2009 - 12/31/2010.

Student Projects

  • Paleotempestology of the Virgin Islands. Joshua Mueller. 01/01/2014 - present
  • Influence of Disturbance on Long-Term Vegetation Change in the Eastern Uinta Mountains, Utah . Lovina Turney. 09/01/2011 - 05/08/2015
  • Paleoecology of the British Virgin Islands, West Indies. Cameron McIntire. 08/30/2011 - 05/01/2012
  • Paleoenvironmental History of Bolivia. Collaborative effort with Francis Mayle . Shira "Yoshi" Maezumi. 01/15/2009 - 05/08/2015

Current Students

  • Lovina Turney, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Thesis. Role: Chair.

Former Students

  • Blake Wellard, Master of Science (M.S.), Project Type: Thesis. Role: Chair.
  • Anthony Macharia, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.