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Department of Geography

College of Arts and Sciences

Tom MinckleyThomas Minckley

Associate Professor
Specialization: Biogeography, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Palynology

Office: Arts and Sciences 308
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:00-3:30
Phone: 307-766-2925


Tom's Website
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 (GEOG 4040)

Biogeography (GEOG 4460)

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., J.A. Haws, M.M Benedetti, S.C. Brewer, S.L. Forman. 2015. Last Interglacial Vegetation and Climate History from the Portuguese Coast. Journal of Quaternary Science 30, 59-69

Minckley, T.A., 2014. Postglacial vegetation history of southeastern Wyoming. 2014. Rocky Mountain Geology 49, 61-74

Brunelle, A., T.A. Minckley, J. Delgadillo, S. Blissett, 2014. A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 25, 829-838

Minckley, T.A., D.S. Turner, S.R. Weinstein, 2013. The relevance of wetland conservation in arid regions: A reexamination of vanishing communities in the American Southwest. Journal of Arid Environments 88, 213-221

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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