King, Karen E.
Karen E. King
Assistant Professor | Physical Geography
Research: During this era of rapidly changing climate, we face new environmental challenges that require a better understanding of the complex spatiotemporal variability of climate conditions and subsequent responses of vegetation communities. My research interests focus on Quaternary landscape dynamics and paleoenvironmental reconstruction from intra-annual to multi-century time scales. I use dendrochronology and spatial analysis as research tools to investigate landscape‐scale dynamics (those initiated and/or controlled by both human and natural processes), which I believe must be tempered with a historical perspective. My research integrates present‐day climatic and ecological processes with those that functioned in the past and those that are likely to become altered in the near‐future due to human‐induced changes.
Teaching: GEOG 131- Weather, Climate, and Climate Change; GEOG 331- Natural Hazards; GEOG432- Environmental History from Tree Rings; GEOG 455- Physical Geography of the Urban Environment; GEOG 635- Seminar in Biogeography
Ph.D., University of Idaho