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Daniel Griffin

Geography Room 414 SocSci 7163A 267 19th Ave S


I study climate variability and climate change as top-down drivers of Earth’s water cycle and other biophysical systems. The primary vein of my research is focused on paleoclimatology, the study of natural climate variability using environmental proxy records, and the context it offers for framing modern climate dynamics and anthropogenic climate change. Toward this end, I specialize in the development and interpretation of high-resolution paleoenvironmental records from tree rings. I'm intrigued by the notion of climate services and the potential for connecting modern climate science with natural resources management and decision making.


  • dendrochronology
  • paleoclimate from tree rings
  • climate variability
  • climate change
  • drought
  • environmental dynamics
  • water & natural resources management
  • natural areas conservation

Educational Background

  • Postdoctorate: Geology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2014.
  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Arizona, 2013.
  • M.A.: Geography, University of Arkansas, 2007.
  • B.S., cum laude: Earth Science, University of Arkansas, 2002.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG1403H Honors: Biogeography of the Global Garden
  • GEOG1403: Biogeography of the Global Garden
  • GEOG8980: Climate Extremes and Environmental Change
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