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

Current Courses

Spring 2023

  • GEOG 3270-001
    Global Patterns of Life
    Location: LNCO 1100 (LNCO 1100)
  • GEOG 5270-001
    Global Patterns of Life
    Location: LNCO 1100 (LNCO 1100)
  • GEOG 5940-005
  • GEOG 5950-007
    Undergraduate Research
  • GEOG 6950-009
    Indiv Projects
  • GEOG 7930-005
    Tchg Practicum PhD
  • GEOG 7950-008
    Indiv Projects

Fall 2022

Summer 2022

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