Fellow, Climate Assessment for the Southwest
Chris Guiterman is a 2014 recipient of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program. Chris holds a B.A. in geology from Bates College and an M.S. in forestry from the University of Maine. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, working in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Chris’s research is aimed at understanding how people and climate affect forest dynamics over centuries and millennia, with the goal of enhancing forest management in the face of future climate change and increasing societal pressures.
Chris' CLIMAS Fellows project:
Climatic Sensitivities of Navajo Forestlands: Use-Inspired Research to Guide Tribal Forest Management
Abstract: Climate change is profoundly affecting forests throughout the Southwest. Tribal nations are at particular risk to these effects due to their reliance on ecosystem services provided by healthy forests. Tasked with managing over 5 million acres of forests and woodlands, the Navajo Forestry Department has identified the need to assess sensitivities of their forests to drought and climate change. I will be working with the NFD foresters to address their needs by quantifying the climatic drivers of forest growth in the Chuska Mountains. This study will provide an improved assessment of forest response to climate change that is vital to natural resource planning and management.