TREES Lab Faculty, Staff and Students

Clear Float

This pane clears float!

Dr. Evan R Larson

evanlarson
Dr. Evan Larson
Office: 254 Gardner Hall
Tel: 608.342.6139
E-mail: larsonev@uwplatt.edu
Website: http://www.uwplatt.edu/~larsonev

Evan is a biogeographer with interests in forest ecology, disturbance ecology, and the impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems. He has experience working in a variety of forests in the Great Lakes Region, western North America, and Sweden. Evan uses dendroecological techniques extensively in his research.

Dr. J Elmo Rawling III


Dr. J Elmo Rawling III
Office: 242 Gardner Hall
Tel: 608.342.1680
E-mail: rawlingj@uwplatt.edu
Website: http://www.uwplatt.edu/~rawlingj

Elmo is a geomorpholgist interested in recent Earth history. Specifically, he focuses on eolian processes, soil geomorphology and Great Lakes shoreline processes. Elmo uses sediment analysis and luminescence dating in his research.

Sara Allen

saraallen
Sara Allen
Office: 223 Boebel Hall
Tel: 608.342.6149
E-mail: allensara@uwplatt.edu

Sara is a recent UW-Platteville Geography/History Alumni now working as a research fellow on the Driftless Oaks Project in the TREES Lab. She has worked on a number of tree-ring and geomorpology projects including an assessment of earthworm impacts on tree growth in the Menominee Forest, updating chronologies in Maine and at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin, and analyzing particle size distribution of loess deposits in central Wisconsin. 

Lane Johnson

lanejohnson
Lane Johnson
Office: 258 Gardner Hall
Tel: 608.342.1311
E-mail: johnsonlan@uwplatt.edu

Lane Johnson is an environmental geographer with research interests in fire ecology, archaeology, and natural areas management. He has carried out tree-ring based fire history research in northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and has professional work experience in cultural/natural resource management with the US Forest Service and National Park Service in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Joseph Blockland


Joseph Blockland
Office: Gardner 257
Tel: 608.342.6025
E-mail: blocklandj@uwplatt.edu

Joe is a geomorphologist interested in recent earth processes and events.  He recently used geophysical techniques, luminescence dating, and sediment analysis to reconstruct the deglacial history of a region in Northwest Ohio within the basin of Ancestral Lake Erie.

↑ Back to top of page

Current Students

Gabriel Brownell

Gabriel Brownell
Geography

Gabriel participated in a 2012 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Gabe also helped collect and analyze cores from old-growth eastern hemlock trees in Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park to update chronologies developed in the early 1980s.

Martha Green

Martha Green
Geography

Marty is currently working with sediment collected by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to determine the behavior of the Lauretide Ice Sheet in Wisconsin during the last glacial maximum. She is also working on using a LIDAR-based digital elevation model to delineate and map ancient river terraces along the Big and Little Platte Rivers in Grant County.

Ben Gultch

Ben Gultch
Geography

Ben is currently working with sediment collected by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to determine the behavior of the Lauretide Ice Sheet in Wisconsin during the last glacial maximum. He is also working on a Survey project to develop an "app" describing the geology of Devil's Lake State park that should be available later this year.  

Nicole Hays

Nicole Hays
Reclamation, Environment and Conservation

Nicole is currently working with sediment collected by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to determine the behavior of the Lauretide Ice Sheet in Wisconsin during the last glacial maximum. Nicole also had a summer-long PACCE project that was initiated Spring 2013. This project took place atop Platte Mound in Lafayette County and established test plots of various native plant communities including tall grass prairie, oak savanna and short grass “goat” prairie. The data obtained from this PACCE funded project will be used to guide long-term restoration planning for the Platte Mound. 

Jamie Jefferson

Jamie Jefferson
Biology

Jamie is working on a variety of dendroarchaeology projects to help extend the Driftless Oaks  chronology back in time and verify the construction dates of historic buildings in southwest Wisconsin. She has sampled and dated timbers from Gratiot House, a historic structure south of Shullsburg in Lafayette County.

Cassie Jorgenson

Cassie Jorgenson
Geography

Cassie is currently helping in the field and lab with the Driftless Oaks project. Cassie has worked on several other tree-ring based projects in the lab including measuring and dating bristlecone pine cores as well as black spruce cross-sections from northern Manitoba. 

Steve LaBarge

Steve LaBarge
Geography

Steve is currently working on the Driftless Oaks project as well as the developlment of a multi-century climate reconstruction from Scots Pine in eastern Sweden. In the past, Steve has worked with both sediment and tree rings in the TREES Lab. He has experience collecting tree-ring samples, analyzing red spruce, maple, and white pine tree-ring samples, and conducting particle size analysis. You can see some of Steve’s presentations online.

Giselle Varrientos

Giselle Varrientos
Agricultural business

Giselle currently is working with sediment collected by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to determine the behavior of the Lauretide Ice Sheet in Wisconsin during the last glacial maximum. Giselle also participated in a 2012 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin, and collecting and analyzing cores from old-growth eastern hemlock trees from Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, that were used to update chronologies developed in the early 1980s.

↑ Back to top of page

Past Students

Christiane Alepuz
Christiane participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan.

Irina Beal
Irina participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Melissa Bradley
Melissa worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Carolyn Branecky
Carolyn participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Brooke Burich
Brooke participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan.  She also returned for the 2011 program as the project assistant and worked on an independent project assessing the impact of earthworms on soil particle-size distribution.  She presented her research at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver and The Association of American Geographers Westlakes Division Meeting in Chicago.

David Burney
David worked on a PRF funded project analyzing dunes on the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin.

Emily Butteris
Emily worked on a WGNHS project analyzing Glacial Lake Oshkosh sediment.

Eli Caywood
Eli worked on a a PRF funded project analyzing dunes on the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin and presented his research at the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Salisbury.

Natalia Chavez
Natalia participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Shane Degan
Melissa worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Amy Delbecq
Amy participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2012 Geological Society of America Meeting in Charlotte.

Henry Dodge
Sustainable Development, College of the Menominee Nation
Henry participated in a 2011 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the sustainably managed Menominee Forest of northern Wisconsin.

McKaylee Duquain
UW-Madison
McKaylee participated in a 2012 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin, and collecting and analyzing cores from old-growth eastern hemlock trees from Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, that were used to update chronologies developed in the early 1980s.

Leon Fowler
Sustainable Development, College of the Menominee Nation
Leon participated in a 2011 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the sustainably managed Menominee Forest of northern Wisconsin.

Jessica Fenske
Jessica worked on a Geological Society of America Gladys W Cole Award funded project in the White River Badlands.

Nick Flinner
Nick worked on a number of projects in the TREES Lab including the analysis of tamarack tree-ring samples to detect past larch sawfly outbreaks, an assessment of earthworm impacts on the maple forests around Bay Lake, Minnesota, and chronology development from old-growth longleaf pine trees in Florida. Nick also participated in DUGG during the summer of 2010 where he gained experience using ground penetrating radar and conducting particle size analysis. Upon graduating from UW-Platteville, Nick is pursuing a M.S. degree in Geography at Indiana State University working with Dr. Jim Speer.

Brittany Frisch
Brittany assisted with the preparation and analysis of white spruce samples collected in the tundra-boreal ecotone of northern Manitoba. Her work helped describe the age structure and spatial distribution of two white spruce stands in upland and lowland settings and was a coauthor on Becky's poster at the 2010 AAG.

Leonardo Gamboa
Leo participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Meeting in Seattle.

Nicole Grabos
Nicole participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Eric Grazia
Eric participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Matt Hanson
Matt participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Josh Hess
Josh worked with Molly to measure tree-ring samples collected from white spruce growing at Arctic Treeline in northern Manitoba in order to gain a better understanding of how changing climate conditions affect forest growth and landscape evolution in the Arctic.

Christina Hefron
Christina participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2012 Geological Society of America Meeting in Charlotte.

Daniel Hobbs
Daniel participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Allison Hudack
Allison worked with whitebark pine tree-ring samples collected in the Eagle Cap Wilderness to create an 1,100 year long tree-ring chronology. She presented her results at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Washington, D.C.

Brody Knaak
Brody helped analyze the basal area increment of trees growing in northern Manitoba and participated in a 2011 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the sustainably managed Menominee Forest of northern Wisconsin.

Michaela Kim
Michaela participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2012 Geological Society of America Meeting in Charlotte.

Katherine Lidbury
David worked on a PRF funded project analyzing dunes on the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin and presented at the Geological Society of America North Central meeting in Lawrence.

James Markham
James analyzed cores collected from old-growth red spruce trees growing on Ironbound Island off the coast of Maine and near Acadia National Park. The data he developed were used to update chronologies originally sampled in the early 1980s.

Meaghan McGuire
Meaghan worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Bethany Meskel
 Bethany participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Bennett Morris
Bennett worked on a a PRF funded project analyzing dunes on the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin and presented his research at the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Salisbury.

Ray Nechvatal
Ray participated in the 2012 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2012 Geological Society of America Meeting in Charlotte.

Christian Neumann
Christian participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Maura O’Brien
Maura participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Rachel Oien
Rachel participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis.

Nathan Petesh
Nathan worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Elizabeth Polk
Elizabeth worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Rebecca Puta
Rebecca worked on a project analyzing proglacial lake sediments in the Baraboo Hills and presented her research at the 2009 Geological Society of America North Central Meeting in Rockford.

Brock Reeson
Brock assisted with the preparation and analysis of white spruce samples collected in the tundra-boreal ecotone of northern Manitoba.

Jacob Ruiz
Jacob participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan and presented at the 2011 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Meeting in San Jose.

Sarah Scott
Sarah worked in the TREES lab processing and analyzing soil and tree samples collected in the naturally fragmented landscape of Granlandet, northern Sweden, as part of a study of boreal forest fire occurrence and productivity in forest patches of different areas and species composition.

Colleen Smith
Colleen analyzed cores collected from old-growth white pine trees growing at several sites in Acadia National Park that were used to update chronologies developed in the early 1990s.

Brandon Soldner
Brandon worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Alison Swantez
Alison worked on a Geological Society of America Gladys W Cole Award funded project in the White River Badlands.

Courtney Targos
Courtney participated in the 2011 DUGG REU project analyzing dune and shoreline evolution along Lake Michigan.  She returned as the project assistant in 2012 and worked on an independent project analyzing ground penetrating radar of barrier beach systems.  She has presented her research at the 2011 & 2012 Geological Society of America Meetings in Minneapolis and Charlotte, and the North Central Division Meeting in Dayton.

Jill Thalacker
Jill worked on a PRF funded project analyzing dunes on the Central Sand Plain of Wisconsin and presented his research at the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Salisbury.

Sara Timmerman
Sara assisted with the preparation and analysis of white spruce samples collected in the tundra-boreal ecotone of northern Manitoba. Her work helped describe the age structure and spatial distribution of two white spruce stands in upland and lowland settings and was a coauthor on Becky's poster at the 2010 AAG.

Becky Trewartha
Becky studied growth patterns in white spruce trees growing in contrasting lowland and upland settings along the tundra-boreal ecotone of northern Manitoba. She presented her results at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Washington, D.C.

Sharri Valosek
Sharri assisted with the preparation and analysis of white spruce samples collected in the tundra-boreal ecotone of northern Manitoba. Her work helped describe the age structure and spatial distribution of two white spruce stands in upland and lowland settings and was a coauthor on Becky's poster at the 2010 AAG.

Brennan Waupoose
Sustainable Development, College of the Menominee Nation
Brennan participated in a 2012 WiscAMP project assessing the effects of invasive earthworms on tree growth in the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin, and collecting and analyzing cores from old-growth eastern hemlock trees from Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, that were used to update chronologies developed in the early 1980s.

Matt Weisenberget
Matt worked on several  projects in the Geomorphology laboratory.

Thomas Wilding
Tom worked in the TREES lab as a student and as a post-graduate Research Technician.  He developed tree-ring chronologies from longleaf pine samples taken in Florida and worked with piñon pine, northern white cedar, red pine, white pine, white spruce, eastern hemlock, whitebark pine, subalpine fir, lodgepole pine, white birch and sugar maple while at UWP. Additonally, Tom maintained lab and field equipment, provided assistance with a number of projects in the field and the lab, and coordinated the hiring, scheduling, and training of student researchers. He is currently a graduate student at the The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona.

Molly Wright
Molly worked to measure tree-ring samples collected from white spruce growing at Arctic Treeline in northern Manitoba in order to gain a better understanding of how changing climate conditions affect forest growth and landscape evolution in the Arctic.

Jody Wycech
Jody participated in the 2010 DUGG REU project analyzing dune evolution along the shores of Lake Michigan and presented at the 2010 Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver.

Aaron Young
Aaron worked on a project analyzing sediment associated with a Mammoth Tooth in Colorado.

↑ Back to top of page

Clear Float

This pane clears float!

Footer Anchor