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I work at the interfaces of biological, geological and climatological sciences. The overall objective of my research is to understand long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions. To achieve this objective, I use "the natural experiments of the past" that are archived in geological deposits (e.g., lake sediments). These deposits offer a long-term holistic perspective into past environmental conditions, some of which do not exist today but may be analogs of different climatic conditions in the future. In pursuing my research interests, I integrate traditional paleoecological analyses and state-of-the-art analytical tools (e.g., genomic, geochemical, and numerical-modeling techniques). My students and I have conducted field research from the tropics to the Arctic to address a wide array of global change questions. We have authored more than 110 scholarly articles in top-tier disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.

I am currently serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Despite my administrative duties, I continue to enjoy working closely with students on their research projects. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact me directly to explore research of mutual interest.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington

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Research Output

Arctic and boreal paleofire records reveal drivers of fire activity and departures from Holocene variability

Hoecker, T. J., Higuera, P. E., Kelly, R. & Hu, F. S., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ice-age persistence and genetic isolation of the disjunct distribution of larch in Alaska

    Napier, J. D., Fernandez, M. C., de Lafontaine, G. & Hu, F. S., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Ecology and Evolution.

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  • Automated detection of thermoerosion in permafrost ecosystems using temporally dense Landsat image stacks

    Lara, M. J., Chipman, M. L. & Hu, F. S., Feb 2019, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 221, p. 462-473 12 p.

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  • Consequences of climatic thresholds for projecting fire activity and ecological change

    Young, A. M., Higuera, P. E., Abatzoglou, J. T., Duffy, P. A. & Hu, F. S., Apr 2019, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 28, 4, p. 521-532 12 p.

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