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  • MichaelKerwin

    Michael W. Kerwin

    Associate Professor and Environmental Science Director
    Phone: 303-871-2513
    Email: [email protected]

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2000 PhD, Geology, University of Colorado-Boulder
1994 MS, Geology, University of Colorado-Boulder
1992 BA, Geology, Colorado College

Research Interests

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 Survey’s 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).