Connie Woodhouse

About Connie Woodhouse

I am a Professor in the School of Geography and Development, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Geosciences, and faculty affiliations with Institute of the Environment, the Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, and the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program.

Areas of Study

Climatology, paleoclimatology, dendrochronology, science and decision making, water resources

Research Interests

Most of my research focuses on understanding the hydroclimate of the past to inform current environmental and societal concerns, with a focus on major watersheds in western North America.  While paleoclimatology is at the heart of my work, it inevitably extends to include the investigation and understanding of the current controls on hydroclimate.  A strong component is the connection between the scientific aspects of my work and the challenges of managing natural resources (especially water) in the face of changing demands, climate extremes, and climate change impacts.  A transdisciplinary approach to research has become a primary theme, including not only an interdisciplinary approach, but integrating the perspectives of potential users of scientific information – not as an afterthought, but as a part of the process of shaping a science agenda.  Finally, my research considers how we, as scientists, should take responsibility for our role in addressing  societal problems, and our role in educating the next generation of scientists in ways to promote the integration of science into decision making across a broad spectrum of users and decisions. Related to this, with a set of colleagues, I am in the process of developing a set of online professional development courses, the Transdisciplinary Environmental Science for Society (TESS) program.

Some of my current research projects include hydroclimatic reconstructions of the upper Colorado River basin, southern California, and the Missour River basin. Other evolving interests include investigating past and current tree lines in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Selected Publications

Woodhouse, C. A. and G. T. Pederson, 2018. Investigating runoff efficiency in upper Colorado River streamflow over past centuries. Water Resources Research, 54,

Wise, E.K., C.A. Woodhouse, G.J. McCabe, G.T. Pederson, and J-M. St. Jacques. 2018. Hydroclimatology of the Missouri River basin. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 161-182, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0155.1.

Schwartz, M.W., J.K. Hiers, F.W. Davis, G. M. Garfin, S.T Jackson, A.J. Terando, C.A. Woodhouse, T.L. Morelli, M.A. Williamson, M.W. Brunson. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce.   Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15, 587–596, doi: 10.1002/fee.1732.

McAfee, S.A., G.T. Pederson, C.A. Woodhouse, G. J. McCabe. 2017. Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin, Climate Services 8, 26-35,

McCabe, G., D. Wolock, G. Pederson, C. Woodhouse, and S. McAfee.  2017.  Evidence that recent  warming  is  reducing  upper  Colorado  River  Flows.  Earth Interactions, 21, 1-14, doi:10.1175/EI-D-17-0007.1.

Malevich, S.B. and C.A. Woodhouse. 2017. Pacific SSTs, mid-latitude atmospheric circulation, and widespread interannual anomalies in Western US streamflow. Geophysical Research Letters,  doi: 10.1002/2017GL073536.

Margolis, E. Q., C.A. Woodhouse, and T.W. Swetnam. 2017. Drought, multi-seasonal climate and wildfire in northern New Mexico. Climatic Change #, 1-14, doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-1958-4.

Wilding, T. and C.A. Woodhouse. 2017.  Assessing the potential of pinyon pine for climate reconstructions in eastern California. Tree-Ring Research 73, 11-12.

Routson, C.C., C.A. Woodhouse, J.T. Overpeck, J.L. Betancourt, N.P. McKay. 2016. Teleconnected ocean forcing of western North American droughts and pluvials during the last millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews 146, 238-250.

Littell, J.S., G.T. Pederson, S.T. Gray, M. Tjoelker, A.F. Hamlet, C.A. Woodhouse.  2016. Reconstructions of Columbia River streamflow from tree ring chronologies in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 1-21. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12442.

Woodhouse, C.A., G.T. Pederson, K. Morino, S.A. McAfee, G.J. McCabe. 2016. Increasing influence of air temperature on upper Colorado River Streamflow. Geophysical Research Letters 43, doi:10.1002/2015GL067613.

Routson, C.C., J.T. Overpeck, C.A. Woodhouse, W.F. Kenney. 2016. Three millennia of southwestern North American dustiness and future implications. PLOS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149573.

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Contact Information

Connie Woodhouse
Telephone: 520-626-0235
Fax: 520-621-2889
Office: ENR2 S526


Ph.D. (December 1996) Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
MS (March 1989) Department of Geography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
BA (May 1979) Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona

Courses Taught

Field Study in Environmental Geography

Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making

The Climate System

Water Resources Seminar