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Daniel Gavin

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Department Head
  • Phone: 541-346-5787
  • Office: 110 Condon Hall
  • Interests: Biogeography, paleoecology, forest ecology.
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


B.A., 1992, Dartmouth College; M.S., 1997, Ph.D., 2000, U Washington (Seattle). (2006)




Representative publications:

Schwörer, C., D.G. Gavin, I.R. Walker, and F.S. Hu. 2016. Holocene treeline changes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are controlled by climate and local topography. Journal of Biogeography. In Press.

Gavin, D.G., and L.B. Brubaker. 2015. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Environmental Change on the Olympic Peninsula. Ecological Studies Vol. 222. Springer. 144 p. 

Gavin, D. G. 2015. Vegetation stability and the habitat associations of the endemic taxa of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA. Frontiers of Biogeography 7: 38-51.

Gavin, D.G., M.C. Fitzpatrick, P.F. Gugger, K.D. Heath, F. Rodríguez-Sánchez, S.Z. Dobrowski, A. Hampe, F.S. Hu, M.B. Ashcroft, P.J. Bartlein, J.L. Blois, B. C. Carstens, E.B. Davis, G. de Lafontaine, M.E. Edwards, M. Fernandez, P.D. Henne, E.M. Herring, Z.A. Holden, W. Kong, J. Liu, D. Magri, N.J. Matzke, M.S. McGlone, F. Saltré, A.L. Stigall, Y.-H.E. Tsai, and J.W. Williams. 2014. Climate refugia: joint inference from fossil records, species distribution models and phylogeography. New Phytologist 204:37–54.

McLauchlan, K , P. E. Higuera, D.G. Gavin, S. S. Perakis, M. C. Mack, and 19 others. 2014. Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescales. BioScience.

Dawson, M.N., A.C. Algar, A. Antonelli, L.M. Davalos, E. Davis, R. Early, A. Guisan, R. Jansson, J.-P. Lessard, K.A. Marske, J.L. McGuire, A.L. Stigall, N.G. Swenson, N.E. Zimmermann, and D.G. Gavin. 2013. An horizon scan of biogeography. Frontiers of Biogeography 5:130-158.          

Gavin, D.G., L.B. Brubaker, and D.N. Greenwald. 2013. Postglacial climate and fire-mediated vegetation change on the western Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Ecological Monographs 83:471–489.

Gavin, D.G., M. Anderson, and J.J. Roering. 2013. A potential late-Holocene disjunction of Sequoia sempervirens on the central Oregon coast. Northwest Science 87: 81–94.

Power M.J., and 19 others. 2013. Climatic control of the biomass-burning decline in the Americas after AD 1500. The Holocene 23: 3–13.

Marlon, J.R., P.J. Bartlein, D.G. Gavin, C.J. Long, R.S. Anderson, C.E. Briles, K.J. Brown, D. Colombaroli, D.J. Hallett, M.J. Power, E.A. Scharf, and M.K. Walsh. 2012. Long-term perspective on wildfires in the western USA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109:E535–E543.

Gavin, D.G., A.C.G. Henderson, K.S. Westover, S.C. Fritz, I.R. Walker, M. Leng and F.S.Hu. 2011. Abrupt Holocene climate change and potential response to solar forcing in western Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 30:1243-1255.

Colombaroli, D. and D.G. Gavin. 2010. Highly episodic fire and erosion regime over the past 2000 years in the Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107: 18909-18914.


Research Interests

I am a biogeographer interested in understanding present and past responses of Earth's biota to climate change. The overarching theme of my research is the influence of climate change and climate-mediated natural disturbances on the composition and structure of forests, at several scales in space and time. My specific interest lies in reconstructing forest composition and natural disturbances over recent history (hundreds of years) and more distant history (thousands of years) using interdisciplinary research designs. For example, sediment records extending back to the last Ice Age (18,000 years ago) or earlier allows us to address how populations and communities reorganize through periods of fast and slow climate change. Shorter sediment records of only the past 2000 years provide context for human-induced impacts of the last 200 years. And tree-ring records of the past 400 years can be used to address tree population dynamics at annual resolution. While most of my graduate training was in sediment-based paleoecology, I have subsequently branched into other subfields of biogeography.

Recent Collaborators
Brian Beckage
Daniele Colombaroli
Phil Higuera
Feng Sheng Hu
Ken Lertzman
Jenn Marlon
Kendra McLauchlan
Josh Roering
Ian Walker