Texas A&M University
O&M Building 706A
College Station, Texas 77843
- GEOG 203 - Planet Earth: Introduction to Earth System Science
- GEOG 325 - Geography of Europe
- GEOG 335 - Pattern and Process in Biogeography
- GEOG 411 - Vegetation Response to Climate Change
- GEOG 435 - Plant Geography
- GEOG 450 - Field Geography
- GEOG 624 - Biogeography: Theory & Methods
- GEOG 652 - Quantitative Methods in Geography
Tynan Granberg, M.S.
Daehyun Kim,. Ph.D.
Dianna Gielstra, Ph.D.
Amanda Young, M.S.
John Waldron, Ph.D.
Dr. David M. Cairns
Professor and Assistant Department Head
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995
M.S., University of Florida, 1991
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Dr. Cairns' research concentrates on the impacts of climate change on vegetation at short and long time scales in a variety of environments. He has worked extensiviely at ecotones, the transion zones between different vegetation types. Most of his work has been accomplished at treelines in the western United States and in northern Sweden. He also has projects in two other sensitive environments: saltmarshes on the coasts of Denmark and Texas, and in tundra environments on the North Slope of Alaska. He utilizes a variety of methods to answer questions pertinent to the response of these environments to climate change including: dendroecological methods and simulation modeling.
- Modeling patch-scale expansion of arctic shrubs
- Influences of herbivory on treeline under changing climate
- The utility of salt marsh vegetation as an indicator of climate change at short and long time scales
- Forest restoration planning and assessment for the southern pine beetle and other invasive pest species
- Applied silvicultural assessment of southern pine beetle stands west of the Mississippi River
- Cairns, D.M., Lafon, C.W., Mouton, M.F., Stuteville, R.L., Young, A.B., and Moen, J. (In Press) Comparing two methods for ageing trees with suppressed, diffuse-porous rings (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii). Dendrochronologia.
- Naito, A.T. and Cairns, D.M. (2011) Relationships between arctic shrub dynamics and topographically-derived hydrologic characteristics. Environmental Research Letters 6:045506. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045506.
- Kim, D., Cairns, D.M., Bartholdy, J., & Morgan, C.L.S., (2012) Scale-dependent correspondence of floristic and edaphic gradients across salt marsh creeks, Annals of the Association of American Geographers. DOI:10.1080/00045608.2011.620520
- Naito, A.T. and Cairns, D.M. (2011). Patterns and processes of global shrub expansion.Progress in Physical Geography 35:423-442.
- Young, A.B., Cairns, D.M., Lafon, C.W., Moen, J., Martin, L.E. (2011) Dendroclimatic relationships and possible implications for mountain birch and Scots pine at treeline in northern Sweden through the 21st century.Canadian Journal of Forest Research 41: 450-459.
- Kim, D., Cairns, D.M., and Bartholdy, J. (2011) Wind-driven sea-level variation influences dynamics of salt marsh vegetation.Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101: 231-238.
- Kim, D., Cairns, D.M., and Bartholdy, J. (2010) Environmental controls on multi-scale spatial pattern of salt marsh vegetation.Physical Geography 31: 58-78. DOI: 10.2747/0272-36220.127.116.11