William Abruzzi
Craig Allen
R. Scott Anderson
Kenneth Cole
Scott A. Elias
Steve Emslie
T.J. Ferguson
Marlin Johnson
Darrell S. Kaufman
Shannon Kelly
David Rich Lewis
R.G. Matson William H. Moir
MaryLynn Quartaroli
John Sowell
Thomas Swetnam
Brandon Vogt
Ray Wheeler

John Grahame
Keith G. Pohs
Thomas D. Sisk
Charles Van Riper

ContributorsR. Scott Anderson

CP-LUHNA Author: Paleobotany and paleoclimate of the southern Colorado Plateau; Fossil Pollen

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Center for Environmental Sciences & Education
Box 5694
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Telephone: (520) 523-5821, Fax: (520) 523-7423


Current Academic Positions:
Director, Center for Environmental Sciences & Education, NAU
Director, Laboratory of Paleoecology, NAU
Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Quaternary Studies, NAU
Ph.D. 1987 University of Arizona, Paleoecology & Environmental Science
M.S. 1979 University of Maine, Paleoecology
B.A. 1974 University of Colorado, Environmental Biology
Research Interests
Disturbance ecology, primarily the effect of fire and insect infestation on former plant communities; Paleoecology and climate history of plant communities; and Global change issues, especially as they relate to human activities in forested ecosystems
Recent Grants and Awards:
1996-2000: Paleoenvironments and fire history of the Channel Islands National Park, California (National Park Service)
1997-2000: Fire history of black spruce forests on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
1999-2002: Sensitivity of semi-arid southwestern forests to climate-induced disturbances - Holocene vegetation and fire histories (US Geological Survey)
1994-2000: Paleoenvironments of southern California (Various sources)
1995-1997: Varved sediments from Swamp Lake, California (NSF)
1993-1996: Paleoenvironments of the White River Plateau, Colorado (US Forest Service)
1987-1999: Fossil history and fire history of the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) forests of California (National Park Service & US Geological Survey)
Recent Colorado Plateau Publications:
Anderson, R.S., J.L. Betancourt, J.I. Mead, R.H. Hevly, and D.P. Adam. 1999. Middle and Late-Wisconsin paleobotanic and paleoclimatic records from the southern Colorado Plateau, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 154 (1/2): in press.
Anderson, R.S., J. Hasbargen, P.A. Koehler and E.J. Feiler. 1999. Post-glacial and Holocene subalpine forests on the Markagunt Plateau, southwestern Colorado Plateau, Utah. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 31: 366-378.
Feiler, E.J., R.S. Anderson and P.A. Koehler. 1997. Late Quaternary paleoenvironments of the White River Plateau, Colorado, USA. Arctic & Alpine Research 29: 53-62.
Anderson, R.S. 1993. Mid- and late Wisconsin paleoclimates and environments near Potato Lake, Arizona. Quaternary Research 40: 351-359.
Recent Other Publications:
Anderson, R.S. and B.F. Byrd. 1998. Late-Holocene vegetation changes from the Las Flores Creek coastal lowlands, San Diego County, California. Madroņo 45: 171-182.
Anderson, R.S. and S.J. Smith. 1997. The sedimentary record of fire in montane meadows, Sierra Nevada, California, USA: a preliminary assessment. IN Clark, J.S., H. Cachier, J.G. Goldammer and B. Stocks (eds.), "Sediment Records of Biomass Burning and Global Change". NATO ASI Series, Vol. I 51: 313-327.
Anderson, R.S., S.J. Smith, and P.A. Koehler. 1997. Distribution of sites and radiocarbon dates in the Sierra Nevada: implications for paleoecological prospecting. Radiocarbon 39:121-137.
Anderson, R.S. 1996. Postglacial biogeography of Sierra lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. murrayana) in California. Ecoscience 3: 343-351.
Anderson, R.S. and T.R. Van Devender. 1995. Vegetation history and paleoclimates of the coastal lowlands of Sonora, Mexico - pollen records from packrat middens. Journal of Arid Environments 30: 295-306.
Koehler, P.A. and R.S. Anderson. 1995. Thirty thousand years of vegetation changes in the Alabama Hills, Owens Valley, California. Quaternary Research 43:238-248.
Smith, S.J. and R.S. Anderson. 1995. A method for impregnating soft sediment cores for thin-section microscopy. Journal of Sedimentary Research 65:576-577.
Anderson, R.S. and S.J. Smith. 1994. Paleoclimatic interpretations of meadow sediment and pollen stratigraphies from California. Geology 22: 723-726.
Koehler, P.A. and R.S. Anderson. 1994. Full-glacial shoreline vegetation during the maximum highstand at Owens Lake, California. Great Basin Naturalist 54:142-149.
Koehler, P.A. and R.S. Anderson. 1994. The paleoecology and stratigraphy of Nichols Meadow, Sierra National Forest, California, U.S.A. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 112:1-17.
Smith, S.J. and R.S. Anderson. 1992. Late Wisconsin paleoecologic record from Swamp Lake, Yosemite National Park, California. Quaternary Research 38:91-102.
Betancourt, J.L., W.S. Schuster, J.B. Mitton and R.S. Anderson. 1991. Fossil and genetic evidence for the age and origin of a pinyon pine (Pinus edulis) isolate. Ecology 72:1685-1697.
Anderson, R.S. and S.L. Carpenter. 1991. Vegetation change in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California during the protohistoric period. Madroņo 38(1):1-13.
Anderson, R.S. and D.S. Shafer. 1991. Early Holocene Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir forests in southeastern Arizona: ecologic and biogeographic implications. Madroņo 38: 287-295.
Anderson, R.S. 1990. Holocene forest development and paleoclimates within the central Sierra Nevada, California. Journal of Ecology 78: 470-489.