P.E.O Scholar Award

I am so honored to be one of 100 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. I was sponsored by Chapter FF of Tucson, AZ.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.


“Reconstructing Northeastern United States temperatures using Atlantic white cedar tree rings” is out!

At long last, our paper showing skillful reconstructions of Northeastern temperatures using Atlantic white cedar tree-rings has been published! You can access it here:

Past Global Changes Youth Science Meeting in Morillo de Tou, Spain

This past weekend I had to privilege to be amongst some 90 young scientists from across the world who study all aspects past global changes, and how the knowledge we produce will help aid our understanding of the current, and future, Earth systems. It was held in a small, refurbished village in the foothills of the Pyrenees with gorgeous views of snow-capped peaks, glacier fed rivers, and lush forests. It was wonderful reminder of how incredible the Earth is, and how lucky I am to be a scientist! We participated in workshops that helped us become better communicators, shape the next ten years of paleo-science, and identity the scientific needs of at-risk communities and societies in the coming era of rapid global change.


It was great to be re-invigorated on my science, and has gotten (I believe) all those who attended excited for this weeks PAGES Open Science meeting (OSM) in Zaragoza, Spain!


The wine isn’t so bad either

UA Science Café: Climate at the core

This Thursday (2/9/17)  I will be speaking at Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson, AZ about the use of dendrochronology in the northeastern United States and some of my newest research!

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Talk begins at 6pm!


2016 Atlantic White Cedar Symposium

This year’s Atlantic White Cedar symposium in Plymouth, MA, I presented on the climate controls of AWC ring widths. It was a great opportunity for me to present my research to a wide range of AWC enthusiasts: from academics, engineers, botanists, ecologists, hydrologists and land managers. AWC is a beloved tree all along the eastern seaboard! It was wonderful to meet so many new scientists working on the same tree. I got tips on where to find some more cedar swamps, contacts with people who routinely uncover sub-fossil stumps, and discovered the cultural uses of AWC from a presentation by members of the Narragansett tribe.

Ameridendro 2016, Argentina

This year’s American Dendrochronology Conference was held in Mendoza, Argentina. This conference brings together dendrochronologists of all flavors from North, Central, and South America for talks, poster sessions, and field trips.

I was lucky enough to spend the week before the conference in El Bolson, Argentina at the “Ameridendro Fieldweek”. I have been able to learn from some of the dendrochronology greats (Dr. Ed Cook and Dr. Ricardo Villalaba) and really delve into more complex data standardization, signal processing, and climate reconstructions.

My poster for this conference can be seen here: Pearl_Ameridendro2k16