University of Colorado at Boulder

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Faculty

Tom Veblen

Biogeography; Conservation

Professor of Geography 

Physical Geography
303-492-8528 Gugg 201a  
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975

Research Interests

My main research interests are in forest ecology and vegetation dynamics in relation to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, especially as related to climate variability. I use tree rings to date past disturbance events such as fire and insect outbreaks. For more than 25 years I have been investigating how disturbances such as fire, blow down and bark beetle outbreaks interact in the forested landscapes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Since the mid-1970s in the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina I have been investigating the effects of disturbances such as mass movements, blow down, fires, and introduced animals on forest dynamics, and increasingly under the effects of climate warming. Both my Colorado and southern Andean work are supported mainly by the National Science Foundation.

Labs & Facilities

Biogeography Lab

The Biogeography Lab of the Geography Department is directed by Professor Thomas T. Veblen and supports research in the areas of forest dynamics, disturbance ecology and dendroecology.

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2016  GEOG 5161-001 (3) Research Design in Physical Geography

Fall 2015  GEOG 5241-001 (3) Topics in Physical Geog:

Graduate Students

Robert
Andrus
Ph.D.
biogeography; dendrochronology; disturbance ecology; forest ecology
Rachel
Chai
M.A.
Biogeography and entomology
Teresa
Chapman
Ph.D.
Biogeography
Julia
Hicks
Ph.D.
Biogeography, Conservation Biology, Forest Ecology, Avian Diversity
Cameron
Naficy
Ph.D.
Disturbance ecology; tree ecophysiology; climate variability; restoration; remote sensing
Kyle
Rodman
Ph.D.
Biogeography, climate spatial analysis; forest ecology
         
Claudio
Alvarez
M.A. Alumni
2013
Influence of climate variability on radial growth of Nothofagus pumilio near altitudinal treeline in the Andes of northern Patagonia, Chile
Robert
Andrus
M.A. Alumni
2015
Influences of an active spruce beetle outbreak on fire severity Thomas Veblen in spruce-fir forests in southern Colorado
Teresa
Chapman
M.A. Alumni
2009
Spatio-temporal patterns of mountain pine beetle activity in lodgepole and ponderosa pines of the southern Rocky Mountains
Meredith
Gartner
Ph.D. Alumni
2015
The occurrence, severity and interaction of mountain pine beetle and wildfire in the Colorado Front Range
Sarah
Hart
Ph.D. Alumni
2014
Climate variability and the susceptibility of Engelmann spruce to spruce beetle outbreak in northwestern Colorado
C. Andrés
Holz
Ph.D. Alumni
2009
Climatic and Human Influences on Fire Regimes and Forest Dynamics in Temperate Rain Forests in Southern Chile
Kerry
Malm
M.A. Alumni
2009
Temperature Influences on Phenology and Population Growth of Mountain Pine Beetle Populations in Northern Colorado
Juan
Partisis
Ph.D. Alumni
2009
Insect Defoliator Outbreaks and Environmental Heterogeneity in Nothofagus Forests in the Patagonian Andes
Monica
Rother
Ph.D. Alumni
2015
Conifer regeneration after wildfire in low-elevation forests of the Colorado Front Range: Implications of a warmer, drier climate
Jeremy
Smith
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
An Examination of Background Tree Mortality and Mountain Pine Beetle Disturbance in Subalpine Forests of the Front Range of Colorado, USA

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