Greg Pederson

Biography

Education

Ph.D. Watershed Management & Ecohydrology. 2010. University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources.

M.S. Environmental Science. 2004. Montana State University

B.S. Ecology and Evolution in Botany & Zoology. 2000. Michigan State University

 

Research Interests

Greg Pederson is a research scientist working primarily on the role of climate variability in driving changes in water resources, and other biological and physical components of mountainous ecosystems in western North America. Of particular interest is the magnitude of low-frequency hydroclimatic variability and its implications for drought risk, as well as the climatic drivers associated with observed changes in mountain snowpack, streamflow, glaciers, and forest disturbance events. Understanding the time intervals and spatial scales over which these processes operate requires a long-term perspective, and for that I rely on proxy records primarily from tree-ring and lake sediments along with instrumental and modeled climate records.  Recent and ongoing studies have addressed the susceptibility of natural resources to climate variability and change, and sought to apply both the modern and paleoclimatic records to present day resource management problems. Greg is affiliate faculty with the Earth Sciences department and the Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at Montana State University. He grew up in Michigan and earned his B.S. in Ecology and Botany from Michigan State University, before moving to Montana to earn a M.S. from Montana State University. In 2010 he completed his Ph.D in watershed management and ecohydrology at the University of Arizona then returned to Bozeman Montana.

 

Current Research Projects Include:

  • Drivers of Drought in the Upper Colorado River Basin [DOI Southwestern CSC]
  • Multi-century perspectives on current and future streamflow in the Missouri River Basin [NSF P2C2]
  • Reconstructions of Columbia River flow from winter and summer precipitation sensitive proxies in the Northwestern U.S. with implications for 21st century flow [CSC and CLU]
  • A Broader view of North American climate over the past two millennia: Synthesizing paleoclimate records from diverse archives [USGS Powell Center]
  • Holocene climate variability in Alaska from relict wood [DOI Alaska CSC]
  • Holocene climates of the Northern Rockies from relict wood emerging from ice patches [CLU]
  • Megadroughts and uncertainty in Upper Colorado River flow low-frequency variability [CLU]