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Charles W. Lafon
Phone:
(979) 862-3677
Email:
clafon@geog.tamu.edu
Office:
Eller O&M 706B
Address:

Texas A&M University
Eller O&M Building, MS 3147
College Station, Texas 77843-3147


Degrees:

Ph.D. Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000
M.S. Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995
B.A. Geography, Emory & Henry College, 1992

Awards:
  • Citation for Outstanding Professional Promise, University of Tennessee (2000)
  • Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, Texas A&M University (2004-2005)
  • College-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (2006)
  • University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (2008)
  • Denali Recent Accomplishments Award, Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (2009)
  • Henry C. Cowles Award for Excellence in Publication, Biogeography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (2009, 2014)

 

Courses:

GEOG 203: Planet Earth

GEOG 324: Global Climatic Regions

GEOG 335: Pattern and Process in Biogeography

GEOG 435: Plant Geography

GEOG 450: Field Geography

GEOG 635: Advanced Biogeography


Charles W. Lafon

Professor

Research Interests

Research Interests

Dr. Lafon’s primary research interests are in vegetation dynamics and plant geography. He is interested in the consequences of natural and anthropogenic disturbances for vegetation structure, tree species composition, and biodiversity in forested landscapes. He also studies the interactions of terrain, climate, and vegetation that generate spatial patterns in disturbance regimes and vegetation characteristics. Most of his research focuses on vegetation dynamics of the Appalachian Mountains and other parts of eastern North America, and addresses forest disturbance by fire, ice storms (major freezing rain events), and insect outbreaks. He also collaborates with Texas A&M geographer Dave Cairns to investigate alpine treelines. Dr. Lafon’s work relies on fieldwork, including dendrochronology, but also involves other methods, such as ecological modeling and remote sensing analyses.

Selected Publications

  • Selected Publications

    • Aldrich, S.R., Lafon, C.W., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., and DeWeese, G.G.  (2014) Fire history and its relations with land use and climate over three centuries in the central Appalachian Mountains, U.S.A.  Journal of Biogeography, 41:2093–2104.
    • Young, A.B., Cairns, D.M., Lafon, C.W., and Moen, J.  (2014) Geometrid moth outbreaks and their climatic relations in northern Sweden.  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46:659–668.
    • Wonkka, C.L., Lafon, C.W., Hutton, C.M., and Joslin, A.J. (2013) A CSR classification of tree life history strategies and implications for ice storm damage.  Oikos, 122:209–222.
    • Lafon, C.W. and Quiring, S.Q.  (2012) Relationships of fire and precipitation regimes in temperate forests of the eastern U.S.A.  Earth Interactions, 16-011, 15 pp.
    • Flatley, W.T., Lafon, C.W., and Grissino-Mayer, H.D.  (2011)  Climatic and topographic controls on patterns of fire in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, USA.  Landscape Ecology, 26:195–209.

Additional Information

Experience

  • 2013 – present: Texas A&M University, College Station; Department of Geography; Professor (Assistant Department Head since 2014)
  • 2007 - 2013: Texas A&M University, College Station; Department of Geography; Associate Professor
  • 2000 - 2007: Texas A&M University, College Station; Department of Geography; Assistant Professor

 

Affiliations

  • Association for Fire Ecology
  • Association of American Geographers (Specialty groups: Biogeography, Geomorphology, Mountain Geography)
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