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
California Department of Water Resources Southern California Tree-Ring Study
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, I have developed a post baccalaureate certificate program in the Intersection between Science and Decision making (CESD).
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.
Some recent publications
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. .doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.06.017
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.
Carillos, C.M., C.L. Castro. C.A. Woodhouse, and D. Griffin. 2016. Low frequency variability of the North American monsoon as diagnosed through earlywood and latewood tree-ring chronologies in the southwestern U.S. International Journal of Climatology, 36, 2254–2272, doi:10.1002/joc.4493.
Gandopadhyah, S. G. McCabe, and C.A. Woodhouse. 2015. Beyond annual streamflow reconstructions for the Upper Colorado River Basin: A paleo-water-balance approach. Water Resources Research 51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017283.
Barger, N.N. and C.A. Woodhouse, 2015. Piñon pine (Pinus edulis Engelm.) growth responses to climate and substrate in southern Utah, U.S.A.. Plant Ecology doi 10.1007/s11258-015-0478-4.
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
Field Study in Environmental Geography
Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making
The Climate System
Water Resources Seminar