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Steve Voelker

Steve Voelker

Ecology/Plants, Soils and Climate

Assistant Professor

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Steve received his PhD in Wood Science and Forest Science from Oregon State University in 2004. Prior to coming to USU in 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University and the University of California-Berkeley.

His research aims to understand past climate variability and climate drivers as well as physiological responses of trees/forests to climate change. To do this he uses tools relevant to Dendrochronology, Climatology, Tree Physiology and Stable Isotope Modeling. 

Specific research topics include:

  • Using dendrochronology, wood anatomy and tree-ring stable isotopes to reconstruct:
    • Past climates and hydrology
    • Cloud and fog dynamics in coastal ecosystems
    • Temperature dynamics of the ocean and Great Lakes
    • Atmospheric circulation
    • Paleo ecophysiology
    • Forest productivity
  • Understanding forest ecosystem responses to recent climate change and disturbance
  • Forest health and drought stress and mortality events
  • Individual tree carbon dynamics and hydraulic architecture

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