eCV & Outreach

For an updated list of my publications, go here. Email me to requested an updated CV in PDF format. Below are the relatively stable elements of my CV.

Education

Ph. D. in Forest Ecology and Climate Change (2005). Columbia University Department of Earth and Environment Science (DEES), New York, NY

Dissertation Title: Climatic Sensitivity and Growth of Southern Temperate Trees in the Eastern US: Implications for the Carbon Cycle. Dissertation Advisors: Drs. Edward Cook and Gordon Jacoby.

M.S. in Forest Ecology (1994). Auburn Univ. School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn, AL

Thesis Title: Stand and Spatial Age Distribution in an Old-Growth Loblolly Pine Floodplain Forest. Thesis Advisors: Dr. Robert H. Jones and Rebecca R. Sharitz.

B.S. in Ecosystems and Forest Biology (1990). S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

A. S. in Mathematics (1988). SUNY Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY

 

Positions Held

2014-pres       Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, Harvard University

2010-2014       Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Tree-Ring Laboratory, LDEO & Columbia University

2005-2010       Assistant Professor, Dept. Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University

1999-2005       Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Earth & Env. Science, Columbia University

1997-1999       Senior Research Assistant, Tree-Ring Lab., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

1997                Forester, Wagner Forest Management LTD., Derby, VT

1996-1997       Forester, USDA Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis, St. Johnsbury, VT

1994-1996       Forest Ecology Research Tech. III, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, GA.

1991-1994       Grad. Research Asst., School of Forestry, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

1990                Summer Research Asst., SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY & Luquillo National Forest, Puerto Rico

Teaching Experience

2014   Asst. Professor, Columbia University. Class: Water & Climate

2005-2010   Asst. Professor, EKU. Classes: Intro. Biology (non-majors), Principles of Biology, Conservation of Wildlife Resources (non-majors), Forest Ecology, Topics in Ecology & Evolution, Ecology for Teachers, Ecology of Old-growth Forests, Dynamics of Ecosystems.

2001                Teaching Assist. Columbia U. Classes: Wetlands and Climate Change, Life systems.

Research Funding & Grants

 Current

2017          $50,000      ‘Transects across New England landscapes: Investigating historical disturbances, vegetation dynamics, and functional changes in forest ecosystems by assimilating FIA, LTER, and Tree-Ring Network data into process-based models’. N. Pederson, PI, D.A. Orwig, Co-PI. Joint Venture Agreement with Dr. Yude Pan and the USFS Northern Research Station. April 30, 2017-May 1, 2022.

2016         $24,567      Research Undergraduate Supplement Grant to ‘Collaborative Research and NEON: MSB Category 2: PalEON – a PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models. NSF.

2015          $9,996      ‘Climatic Thresholds for Forests Across a Regional-Scale Moisture Gradient’. A.P. Williams, PI; N. Pederson, B.I. Cook, E.R. Cook (Co-PIs). LDEO Climate Center.

2014    $ 720,101       ‘Collaborative Research: Multi-Site Paleo-Reconstruction Of Missouri River Streamflows From Tree Ring Data’. Cook, E.R. (LDEO/CU), M. Lall (CU), C. Woodhouse (UAz), N. Devineni (CUNY), E. Wise (UNC), G. Pederson (USGS), S. St. George (UMN) (Co-PIs). NSF; $720,101 ($ 268,050 to LDEO/CU).

2013    $5,113,060      ‘Collaborative Research and NEON: MSB Category 2: PalEON – a PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models. MacLachlan, J. (UND) (PI), M. Dietze, (BU), J. Williams (UWI), et al. (Co-PIs). NSF; $441,856 to Pederson.

2013     $447,183      ‘Collaborative Research: P2C2–Recent Northeastern United States Temperature. Records in the Context of the Late Holocene’. Anchukaitis, K. (WHOI) (PI), J. Donnelly, (WHOI), N. Pederson (LDEO), (Co-PIs). NSF; $182,817 to Pederson.

 

Completed

2013          $9,776      ‘Stable isotopes in tree rings as climatic and physiological records of Broadleaf Forests in the Northeastern U.S.’ N. Pederson, L. Andreu-Hayles, K. Griffin, M. Levesque, and D. Martin-Benito (Co-PIs). LDEO Climate Center.

2012    $1,394,398      ‘CHN: Pluvials, Droughts, Energetics, and the Mongol Empire’. Hessl, A.E. (WVU) PI, N. Pederson (LDEO), N. Di Cosmo (Inst. Adv. Studies), H. Tian (Auburn U.), B. Nachin (National Univ. Mongolia), (Co-PIs). NSF; $317,576 to Pederson.

2012          $9,080      ‘Climate reconstruction from tree-rings from broadleaved species from old-growth temperate rainforests in Northeast Turkey’. D. Martin and N. Pederson. LDEO Climate Center.

2012    $ 29,230       ‘Pluvials, Droughts, Energetics, and the Mongol Empire’. A.E. Hessl, Pederson, N. and B. Nachin. National Geographic Society.

2011    $   8,086       ‘Annual climate during the rise and fall of the Great Mongol Empire: Rapid collection of an ancient and endangered paleoclimate resource’. Pederson, N. and K.J. Anchukaitis. LDEO Climate Center.

2010       $133,126      ‘Use Of Long Term Experimental Forest Provenance Trials for Selection of Future Forests: Tools to Predict Forest Adaptation to Climate Change’. Co-PI with E. R. Cook. USDA Forest Service.

2008       $569,754      ‘Collaborative Research: Fire, Climate and Forest History in Mongolia’. National Science Foundation. In collaboration with Dr. Amy Hessl of West Virginia University and Dr. Peter Brown of Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research [$378,616 to Pederson].

2010      $ 12,306      ‘Dating The World Trade Center Ship’. With B.M. Buckley, E. R. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis and R. D’Arrigo. AKRF group.

2006    $ 18,422       ‘Dendroecology of Nonleucobalanus Trees in a Managed Forest: A Baseline Dataset for Forest Management In An Altered Climate’. U.S. Forest Service –Southern Research Station.

2006       $ 11,161       ‘A Pilot Study of Individual-tree and Ecosystem Level Carbon Sequestration in High and Low Elevation, Mixed-Mesophytic Forests of the Great Smoky Mountains’. University Research Committee. Eastern Kentucky University.

2006       $   4,965       ‘Drought History of Three Ponds and Blanton Forest Preserves: Investigation of an East-West Drought Gradient across Kentucky’. Kentucky Nature Preserve Commission.

2005       $ 26,841       ‘Using dendrochronology to confirm old-growth forest, and reconstruct climatic and hydrologic sensitivity of Atlantic white-cedar at the Buckridge Coastal Reserve, NC’. North Carolina Dept. of Coastal Management, (w/ Dr. B Poulter).

2002       $ 6,000       ‘Dendrochronological Analysis of Suwannee River Basin Tree Species’, Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida (w/ Dr. J.M. Varner, III)

2001       $ 57,600      ‘An Experimental Study to Explore the Relationship of Ecosystem Carbon Uptake Eddy-Flux Measurements and Tree Growth: A Tree-Ring Analysis Approach’, U.S. Dept. of Energy. Global Change Education Program, Fellowship.

2000       $   4,175       ‘Age Model Constraint of a Northern Hudson River Valley Bog Sediment Core’, Climate Center of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, (w/ Dr. Dorothy Peteet).

2000       $ 21,000      ‘High Resolution Millennial Scale History of Hudson Valley, NY Forests: Climatic and Environmental Influences on Carbon Storage’, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Program, (w/ Dr. Dorothy Peteet).

2000       $   5,000      ‘Miniconference on Mongolian Paleoclimatology and Environmental Research’, Climate Center of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, (w/ Dr. Gordon Jacoby).

1992       $   5,000      ‘Disturbance history and establishment of loblolly pine in the Congaree Swamp. U.S. National Park Service Research Grant, (w/ Dr. Robert H. Jones).

Honors and Awards

2014              Cowles Award, Best paper in Biogeography for the Association of American Geographers; Co-lead with Dr. Amy Hessl

2003-2005     Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society.

2001-2001     Teaching Assistant of the Year, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University.

2000                Young Scientist Travel Scholarship, World Dendro Conference. Mendoza, Argentina.

1992                Xi Sigma Pi – Forestry National Honor Society.

1988                N.J.C.A.A. Academic All-American in Lacrosse

Synergistic Activities

Lead the creation of the Florence Hawley Ellis Diversity Award for the Tree-RingSociety to promote diversity within the discipline of tree-ring analysis. Development of the rules and philosophy were made with Drs. Valerie Trouet, Patrick Baker, Amy Hessl, and Elaine Kennedy Sutherland.

Co-organizer with Dario Martin-Benito, Christine Rollinson, and Chrisof Bigler, Symposium at 3rd AmeriDendro Conference 2016. “Tree rings and dynamic vegetation models: Interdisciplinary research to improve forecasts of past and future forest dynamics.” Mendoza, Argentina.

Co-organizer with Kendra McLauchlan, Organized oral session at ESA Annual Meeting 2015. “Shifting Dimensions: Temporal Ecology for the Next 100 Years and Beyond.” Baltimore, MD.

Co-organizer With Ricardo Villalba. Organized session at World Dendro 2014, “Drought and Tree Mortality: Past, Present, and Future“. Melbourne, Australia.

Co-Teacher: North American Dendroecological Fieldweek, Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, NY (2011)

Co-organizer with Ryan McEwan, Organized oral session at ESA Annual Meeting 2010. “Reconstruction of Climate, Fire, and Forest Dynamics in Eastern North America via Dendroecology; Gleaning New Perspective from Ancient Trees.”

Developed & manages EasternOLDLIST: A Database of Maximum Tree Ages for Eastern North American Tree Species: http://people.eku.edu/pedersonn/OLDLISTeast/

Co-convened conference on Status and Ecology of Old-growth Forests in Kentucky (2007): http://people.eku.edu/pedersonn/kyOGentsmeet.html

Co-Teacher: North American Dendroecological Fieldweek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tremont, TN (2007)

Co-Teacher: International Dendroecological Fieldweek, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2006)

Co-organized & taught the First Dendrochronological Fieldweek, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2000)

Co-convened conference on Mongolian Paleoclimate and Environment at LDEO (2000)

Databank Contributions

2014    Pederson, N., et al. Tree ring record supporting Pederson et al. (2014; PNAS) to the International Tree Ring Data Bank.

2012    Pederson, N., et al. 56 tree ring record contributions to the International Tree Ring Data Bank.

2012    Pederson, N., et al. 2012. New York City 472-Year PDSI Reconstruction. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series # 2012-149. NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA.

2012    Pederson, N., et al. 2012. Yeruu River, Mongolia 300 Year Streamflow Reconstruction. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series # 13542. NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA.

2012    Pederson, N., et al. 2012. Southeastern United States 346 Year PDSI Reconstruction. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series # 2012-060. NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA.

2009 –  Pederson, N., D. Griffin, J. Riddle. Tree-Ring Data from Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN. International Tree-Ring Data Bank. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series to TN029. NOAA/NGDC Paleoclimatology Program. Boulder, CO, USA.

2007 – Pederson, N., et al. Oldest-known Liriodendron tulipifera. Oldlist: A Database of Maximum Tree Ages – http://www.rmtrr.org/oldlist.htm.

2005 – Pederson, N., et al. Oldest-known Acer rubrum, Betula lenta, Carya ovata, Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia acuminata, Quercus alba and Q. montana. Oldlist: A Database of Maximum Tree Ages – http://www.rmtrr.org/oldlist.htm.

1999 –  Jacoby, G.C., R. D’Arrigo, B.M. Buckley, N. Pederson. Tree-Ring Data from Mongolia. International Tree-Ring Data Bank. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series to MONG004. NOAA/NGDC Paleoclimatology Program. Boulder, CO, USA.

1999 –  Pederson, N., B.M. Buckley, B.Nachin and G.C. Jacoby. Oldest-known Larix sibirica – Siberian larch. Oldlist: A Database of Maximum Tree Ages – http://www.rmtrr.org/oldlist.htm

1997 –  Pederson, N.. Tree-Ring Data, Georgia Longleaf Pine. International Tree-Ring Data Bank. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series # 97-003. NOAA/NGDC Paleoclimatology Program. Boulder, CO, USA.

Service & Community Activities

Spr. ’11- Aug 2014 Board member, Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary, Tenafly, NJ
Apr. ’10 – Aug 2014 Board of Directors of the Kentucky Native Plant Society
March ‘09 – present Scientific Advisory Committee, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary
March ’08 – 2010 Project manager, scientific advisor to “Save Kentucky’s Hemlocks”:  http://www.kyhemlocks.org/
Summer 2008 Established annual Old-growth Forest Internship at EKU’s Lilley-Cornett Woods in collaboration with the Division of Natural Areas
June 2007 Organized and co-convened conference on Old-Growth Forests in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Pine Mtn. State Resort Park. June 2007.
June 2007 Group Leader, North American Dendroecological Fieldweek, Smoky Mtns.
Fall 2006 – 2010 Member of Kentucky’s Forest Health Task Force
Fall 2006 Established ‘Eastern OLDLIST’ – an online database for well-documented maximum   ages for species found in eastern North America –more than 13,000 page visits http://people.eku.edu/pedersonn/oldlisteast/
Spring 2006 Started annual Natural History Lecture series as a part of Earth Days in the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University
June 2006 Co-group leader, International Dendrochronological Fieldweek, Mongolia
2004 – 2005 Board member, Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary, Tenafly, NJ
Fall 2000 Co-convened conference on Mongolian Paleoclimate and Environment at LDEO
Summer 2000 Co-lead and group leader, 1st Dendro Fieldweek,Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 

Educational Outreach

Pederson, N. 2012. Tall Tree Tales: Meet the Beast of Broadleaf Longevity. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2012.

Pederson, N. and Amy Hessl. 2011. Tall Tree Tales: Farewell, For Now, To a Loyal Arboreal Friend. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Winter 2011

Pederson, N., Bob Leverett, Will Blozan, Jess Riddle and Josh Kelly. 2011. Tall Tree Tales: Tulip-Poplar: Douglas-Fir of the East? In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2011.

Ryan McEwan and N. Pederson. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: FIRE!!! In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Winter 2010.

Pederson, N. and Ryan McEwan. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Those Magnolias. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Fall 2010.

Ryan McEwan and N. Pederson. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Three odd and elegant denizens of the Bluegrass Region. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2010.

Pederson, N. and Ryan McEwan. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Characteristics of Old Trees. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Spring 2010.

Pederson, N. 2009. Old Trees in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky: November 2008. Bulletin of the Eastern Native Society. 4(1): 9-10. pdf.

Pederson, N. 2008. Ring width patterns of a chestnut oak (Quercus montana) from Lilley Cornett Woods, KY: An example of accelerated growth in old trees across the eastern US – A brief overview of a sample for the paleoclimate exhibit of the American Museum of Natural History. In: The Lady Slipper – newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2008.

 

Media

Inner Workings: How saving some of the Southeast’s oldest trees might help scientists monitor climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 3, 2017

Dendrochronology on NBC Nightly News, August 1, 2014.

It’s Not Ghengis Khan’s Mongolia NY Times September 2014

Reading the Trees Discover March 2014.

A Horde of Data The Economist December 2012.

Where Asia’s Monsoons Go to Die Science Magazine September 2012.

Roots of an Empire Science Magazine September 2012.

Attack of the Zombie Maples boingboing June 2012.

Recent droughts don’t compare to those in past… Athens Banner-Herald June 2012.

Timelines in Timber: Inside a Tree-Ring Laboratory Climate Central May 2012.

The Search For The Oldest Living Thing In New York The Awl April 2012.

Reign Check Scientific American March 2012.

Tree Rings Indicate Atlantans Have Unsustainable Water Habits Scientific American March 2012.

Tree rings reveal past water woes for south-eastern US Environmental Research Web March 2012.

Rings and Worms Tell the Tale of a Shipwreck Found at Ground Zero [Slide Show] Scientific American June 2011.

Group Hunting Old-Growth Forests. Lexington Herald Leader July 2007.Image.

Post Oaks in Pelham Bay Park. Mr. Bellers Neighborhood September 2004.

Methuselahs in Our Midst Science Magazine October 2003.

N.J. forest: Old, older, maybe oldest A thicket in Cumberland County may contain the Northeast’s oldest trees. The Philadelphia Inquirer September 2002.

Scientists study climate change in Adirondacks. Albany Times Union September 2002.

Just Off the Expressway, Ancient New York; Remnants of Virgin Forests Still Stand, Even in the Bronx and Queens. The New York Times July 2002.

Face of the forest is changing. Glens Falls Post Star April 2002.