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Department of Botany|College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas Minckley

Assistant Professor
Specialization:  Quaternary Biogeography, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Palynology

Office: Aven Nelson, 107B
Phone: 307-766-2140


University of Oregon, Eugene, Ph.D. (2003)
University of Oregon, Eugene, M.A. (1999)
University of Arizona, Tucson, B.S. (1996)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, B.S. (1987)


Conservation of Natural Resources (Bot 4040),
Biology as Culture (Life 1001)

Research Emphasis

My research focus is studying the ecological response of plant communities to climate change and disturbance in the past. I primarily study arid and semi-arid ecosystems and their response to prolonged changes in the hydrologic cycle compared to responses to short term disturbance like flood and fires.

Current Research Projects

Temporal changes in the desert wetlands: growth, development and state changes during the Holocene

Ecological response to prolonged drought in the Rocky Mountains

Portuguese coastal vegetation history, a comparison of the current and previous interglacial

Selected Publications

Minckley, T.A., R.K. Shriver, and B. Shuman, 2012. Resilience and regime change in a southern Rocky Mountain ecosystem during the past 17000 years. Ecological Monographs 82(1), 49-68

Minckley, T.A., and R.K. Shriver, 2011. Vegetation responses to changing fire regimes in a Rocky Mountain forest. Journal of Fire Ecology 7(2), 66-80. doi: 10.4996/fireecology.007002066

Minckley, T.A., A. Brunelle, and S. Blissett, 2011. Holocene sedimentary and environmental history of an in-channel wetland along the ecotone of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. Quaternary International 235, 40-47.

Minckley, T.A., M. Clementz, A.R. Brunelle and G.A. Klopfenstein, 2009. Isotopic analysis of wetland development in the American Southwest. The Holocene 19, 737-745.

Minckley, T.A., P.J. Bartlein, C. Whitlock, B.N. Shuman, J.W. Williams, and O.K. Davis, 2008. Association among modern pollen, vegetation, and climate in western North America. Quaternary Science Reviews 27, 1962-1991.

Minckley, T.A., and S.T. Jackson, 2008. Ecological Stability in a Changing World? Reassessment of the Palaeoenvironmental history of Cuatro Ciénegas, México. Journal of Biogeography 35, 188-190.

Minckley, T.A., C. Whitlock, and P.J. Bartlein, 2007. Vegetation, fire, and climate history of the northwestern Great Basin during the last 14,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 2167-2184.

Minckley, T.A., and A.R. Brunelle, 2007. Paleohydrology and growth of a desert ciénega. Journal of Arid Environments 69, 420-431


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