Michael W. Kerwin
2000 PhD, geology, University of Colorado-Boulder
1994 MS, geology, University of Colorado-Boulder
1992 BA, geology, Colorado College
My research expertise involves Quaternary paleoclimatology while I also have strong interests in botany, fire ecology, dendrochronology, desert ecology, natural and human hazards, and quantitative methods. I manage the dendrochronology laboratory at the University of Denver where my students are using tree rings to understand the connections between climate change, natural forest succession, and wildfires. I am currently working on a project near Evergreen, CO to quantify ring-width variability in ponderosa pine during extreme single-year drought events. I am also collaborating with the US Geological Surveys Climate, Land Use and Environmental Sensitivity Project to develop high-resolution climate records (using tree rings) in the Upper Colorado River Basin (above Lees Ferry, AZ).