Our research involves understanding the ecological response of plant communities to climate change and disturbance in the past. While we are centered in the intermountain West our work is broadly applicable to arid regions in the world.
Where possible and through collaboration, we look for independent evidence of past climate variability. Proxy data, such as pollen, plant macro-remains, and sedimentology can be used to infer vegetation, climate, and disturbance history.
Current projects focus on the Rocky Mountains and American Deserts. Linking these projects is a focus on the sensitivity of plant communities to rapid climate changes. In particular, we are currently interested in the ecological response to disturbance and changing moisture availability.
If you would like any information on the lab or Graduate Studies in Geography at the University of Wyoming contact:
- Dr. Tom Minckley
- Department of Geography
- University of Wyoming
- Laramie, WY, 82071-3321