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In southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, we have been working with our colleagues to determine the history of high elevation forests, and the role of fire and climate during the Holocene.

Research in the southern Rocky Mountains

Much of our research since 1996 has been conducted in the Southern and Central Rocky Mountains. This research has led to several Master Degree theses (Renata Jass: Alamo & Chihuahueños Bogs; Jaime Toney: Little Molas Lake; Allison Bair: Jicarita Bog), as well as several additional publications and presentations. We have recently obtained additional funding to carry on this research further into Colorado, to examine the same parameters over the longer latitudinal transect.

Additional projects in this region include a recently funded project to determine long-term fire history patterns for Mesa Verde National Park and vicinity, and a record from the Valles Caldera National Reserve that should encompass several glacial cycles. Our colleagues include Drs. Craig Allen (USGS, Jemez Mountain Field Station) and Jeff Heikoop (Los Alamos National Laboratory), among others.

In northwestern Colorado, we have been analyzing sediment cores on the White River Plateau, also to determine the relationship between disturbance and vegetation. We have been working there since 1994, and have recently received additional funding to continue that research as well.

For more about our Rocky Mountains research, view an annotated slideshow.