= grad student lab group member


  • Edge, D. C., Reynolds, D. J., Wanamaker, A. D., Griffin, D., Bureau, D., Outridge, C., Stevick, B. C., Weng, R., Black, B. A., A Multicentennial Proxy Record of Northeast Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures From the Annual Growth Increments of Panopea generosa. Paleooceanography and Paleoclimatology 36(9):, 2021.

  • Griffin, D., Porter, S. T., ‡Trumper, M.L., Carlson, K.E., Crawford, D.J., Schwalen, D., and McFadden, C.H., Gigapixel macrophotography of tree rings, Tree-Ring Research 77(2):86–94,, 2021. manuscript .pdf here.

  • Torbenson, M.C.A., D.W. Stahle, I.M. Howard, D.J. Burnette, D. Griffin, J. Villanueva-Díaz, and B.I. Cook, 2021: Drought relief and reversal over North America from 1500 to 2016. Earth Interactions 25(1): ,,

  • Howard, I.M., Stahle, D.W., Torbenson, M.C.A., Griffin, D., The summer precipitation response of latewood tree-ring chronologies in the southwestern United States, International Journal of Climatology, 2021.

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  • Trumper, M.L., Griffin, D., Hobbie, S.E., Howard, I., Nelson, D.M., Reich, P.B., McLauchlan, K.K., Century-scale wood nitrogen isotope trajectories from an oak savanna with variable fire frequencies, Biogeosciences,

  • Stahle, D.W., E.R. Cook, D.J. Burnette, M.C.A. Torbenson, I.M. Howard, D. Griffin, J. Villanueva-Diaz, B.I., Cook, A.P. Williams, E. Watson, D. Sauchyn, N. Pederson, C.A. Woodhouse, G.T. Pederson, D.M. Meko, B. Coulthard, C.J. Crawford, Dynamics, variability, and change in seasonal precipitation reconstructions for North America, Journal of Climate 33:3173–3195,, 2020.

= undergrad lab group member


  • Leys, B.K., D. Griffin, E.R. Larson, K.K. McLauchlan. Century-scale fire dynamics in a savanna ecosystem. Fire 2(3), 51:, 2019.

  • Stahle, D.W., J.R. Edmondson, I.M. Howard, C.R. Robbins, D. Griffin, A. Carl, C.B. Hall, D.K. Stahle, and M.C.A. Torbenson, Longevity, climate sensitivity, and conservation status of wetland trees at Black River, North Carolina Environmental Research Communication doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab0c4a, 2019.

  • Torbenson, M.C.A., D.W. Stahle, I.M. Howard, D.J. Burnette, E.R. Cook, and D. Griffin, Multidecadal modulation of the ENSO teleconnection to precipitation and tree growth over subtropical North America, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimotology, doi: 10.1029/2018PA003510, 2019.


  • Ackerman, D., D. Griffin, S. Hobbie, †K. Popham, E. Jones, J. Finlay, Uniform shrub growth response to June temperature across the North Slope of Alaska, Environmental Research Letters 13:044013, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab326, 2018.

  • Anderson, T.G., D. Griffin, K.J. Anchukaitis, D. Pons, M Taylor, Climate sensitivity and potential vulnerability of Abies guatemalensis forests in Totonicapan, Guatemala, Journal of Latin American Geography 17, 222-247,, 2018.

  • Black, B.A., P. van der Sleen, E. di Lorenzo, D. Griffin, W. Sydeman, J. Dunham, R. Rykaczewski, M. Garcia-Reyes, M. Safeeq, I. Arismendi, S. Bograd, Rising synchrony controls western North American ecosystems, Global Change Biology 24(6) 2305-2314, doi:10.1111/gcb.14128, 2018.

  • Granato-Souza, D., D.W. Stahle, A.C. Barbosa, S. Feng, M.C.A. Torbenson, G. de Assis Pereira, J. Schöngart, J.P. Barbosa, D. Griffin, Tree rings and rainfall in the equatorial Amazon, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4227-y, 2018.

= grad student lab group member; = undergrad lab group member


  • Ackerman, D, D. Griffin, S.E. Hobbie, J.C. Finlay, Arctic shrub growth trajectories differ across soil moisture levels, Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.13677, 2017.

  • Pons, D., M.J. Taylor, D. Griffin, E. Castellanos, and K.J. Anchukaitis, On the co-production of climate information in the high mountain forests of Guatemala, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107:323–335, doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1235481, 2017.

  • Stahle, D.W., D.J. Burnette, D. Griffin, E.R. Cook, and L.R. Benson, Thirteenth Century AD: Implications of Seasonal and Annual Moisture Reconstructions for Mesa Verde, Colorado, in Megadrought and Collapse: From Early Agriculture to Angkor, edited by Harvey Weiss, Oxford University Press, 344p., 2017.

= grad student lab group member


  • Ackerman, D, and A. Breen, Infrastructure Development Accelerates Range Expansion of Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides, Salicaceae) into the Arctic, Arctic 69: 130-136, doi: 10.14430/ arctic4560, 2016.

  • Black, B.A., D. Griffin, P. van der Sleen, A.D. Wanamaker, Jr., J.H. Speer, D.C. Frank, D.W. Stahle, N. Pederson, C.A. Copenheaver, V. Trouet, S. Griffin and B.M. Gillanders, The value of crossdating to retain high-frequency variability, climate signals, and extreme events in environmental proxies, Global Change Biology, 22:2582–2595 doi:10.1111/gcb.13256, 2016.

  • Carrillo, C.M., C.L. Castro, C.A. Woodhouse, and D. Griffin, Low-frequency variability of precipitation in the North American monsoon region as diagnosed through earlywood and latewood tree-ring chronologies in the southwestern US, International Journal of Climatology, doi:10.1002/joc.4493, 2016.

  • Stahle, D.W., E.R. Cook, D.J. Burnette, J. Villanueva, J. Cerano, J. Burns, D. Griffin, B. Cook, R. Acuna, M. Torbenson, P. Szejner. The Mexican Drought Atlas: Tree-ring reconstructions of the soil moisture balance during the late pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern eras , Quaternary Science Reviews, 149:34–60, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.06.018, 2016.

  • Torbenson, M.C.A., D.W. Stahle, J. Villanueva Diaz, E.R. Cook, and D. Griffin, The relationship between earlywood and latewood tree-growth across North America, Tree-Ring Research, 72:53–66, doi:10.3959/1536-1098-72.02.53, 2016.

= grad student lab group member


  • Crawford, C.J., D. Griffin, and K.F. Kipfmueller, Capturing season-specific precipitation signals in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA using earlywood and latewood tree rings, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 120(3): 428–440, doi:10.1002/2014JG002740, 2015.

  • Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, D. Griffin, B.I. Cook, Winter-to-summer precipitation phasing in southwestern North America: A multi-century perspective from paleoclimatic model-data comparisons, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 120:8052–8064, doi:10.1002/2015JD023085, 2015.

  • Pascolini-Campbell, M., R. Seager, D.S. Gutzler, B.I. Cook, and D. Griffin, Causes of interannual to decadal variability of Gila River streamflow over the past century, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 3:494–508, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.02.013, 2015.


  • Black, B.A., W.J. Sydeman, D.C. Frank, D. Griffin, D.W. Stahle, M. Garcia-Reyes, R.R. Rykaczewski, S.J. Bograd, and W.T. Peterson, Six centuries of variability and extremes in a coupled marine-terrestrial ecosystem, Science 345(6203):1498–1502, doi:10.1126/science.1253209, 2014.

  • Ciancarelli, B, C. Castro, C. Woodhouse, F. Dominguez, D. Griffin, H. Chang, and C. Carillo, Dominant patterns of U.S. warm season precipitation variability in a fine resolution observational record, with focus on the Southwest, International Journal of Climatology 34(3)687–707, doi:10.1002/joc.3716, 2014.

  • Griffin, D., and K.J. Anchukaitis, How unusual is the 2012-2014 California drought? Geophysical Research Letters 41(24):9017–9023, doi:10.1002/2014GL062433, 2014.


  • Brice, B., K.L. Lorion, D. Griffin, A.K. Macalady, C.H. Guiterman, J.H. Speer, L.R. Benakoun, A. Cutter, M.E. Hart, M.P. Murray, S.E. Nash, R. Shepard, A.K. Stewart, and H. Wang, Signal strength in sub-annual chronologies from Pinus ponderosa in northern New Mexico, Tree-Ring Research 69(2), 81–86, doi:10.3959/1536-1098-69.2.81, 2013.

  • Griffin, D., C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko, D.W. Stahle, H.L. Faulstich, C.L. Carrillo, R. Touchan, C.L. Castro and S.W. Leavitt, North American monsoon precipitation reconstructed from tree-ring latewood, Geophysical Research Letters, 40(5):954–958, doi:10.1002/grl.50184, 2013.

  • Stahle, D.W., D. Griffin, D.M. Meko, M.D. Therrell, J.R. Edmondson, M.K. Cleaveland, L.N. Stahle, D.J. Burnette, J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, M.D. Dettinger, D.R. Cayan, The ancient blue oak woodlands of California: Longevity and hydroclimatic history, Earth Interactions 17(12):1–23), doi:10.1175/2013EI000518.1, 2013.

  • Williams, A.P., C.D. Allen, A.K. Macalady, D. Griffin, C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko, T.W. Swetnam, S.A. Rauscher, R. Seager, H.D. Grissino-Mayer, J.S. Dean, E.R. Cook, C. Gangodagamage, M. Cai, and N.G. McDowell. Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest drought stress and tree mortality, Nature Climate Change 3 (3), 292–297, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1693, 2013.

  • Woodhouse, C.A., D.M. Meko, D. Griffin, and C.L. Castro, Tree rings reveal multi-season drought variability in the lower Rio Grand basin, USA, Water Resources Research 49:(2) 849–850, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20098, 2013.

2012 & earlier

  • Faulstich, H.L., C.A. Woodhouse, and D. Griffin, Reconstructed cool- and warm-season precipitation over the tribal lands of northeastern Arizona, Climatic Change 118(2): 457–458, doi: 10.1007/s10584- 012-0626-y, 2012.

  • Stahle, D.W., D.J. Burnette, J. Villanueva, J. Cerano, F.K. Fye, R.D. Griffin, M.K. Cleaveland, D.K. Stahle, J.R. Edmondson, K.P. Wolff, Tree-ring analysis of ancient baldcypress trees and subfossil wood, Quaternary Science Reviews 34(21) :1–15. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.11.005, 2012.

  • Griffin, D., D.M. Meko, R. Touchan, S.W. Leavitt, and C.A. Woodhouse, Latewood chronology development for summer-moisture reconstruction in the U.S. Southwest, Tree-Ring Research 67(2): 87–101, doi:10.3959/2011-4.1, 2011.

  • Meko, D.M., D.W. Stahle, D. Griffin, and T.A. Knight, Inferring precipitation-anomaly gradients from tree rings, Quaternary International 235(1–2):89–100, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2010.09.006, 2011.

  • Leavitt, S.W., C.A. Woodhouse, C.L. Castro, W.E. Wright, D.M. Meko, R. Touchan, D. Griffin, and B. Ciancarelli, The North American monsoon in the U.S. Southwest: potential for investigation with tree- ring carbon isotopes. Quaternary International 235(1–2):101–107. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2010.05.006, 2011.

  • Stahle, D.W., R.D. Griffin, M.K. Cleaveland, J.R. Edmondson, F.K. Fye, D.J. Burnette, J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, D.M. Meko, M.D. Dettinger, D.R. Cayan, M.D. Therrell, A tree-ring reconstruction of the salinity gradient in the northern estuary of San Francisco Bay. San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science 9(1):1–22. doi:jmie_sfews_11024, 2011.

  • Stahle, D.W., M.K. Cleaveland, M.K., H. Grissino-Mayer, R.D. Griffin, F.K. Fye, M.D. Therrell, D.J. Bur- nette, D.M. Meko, and J. Villanueva-Diaz, Cool and early-warm season precipitation reconstructions over western New Mexico. Journal of Climate 22(13):3729–3750, doi:10.1175/2008JCLI2752.1, 2009.

  • Stahle, D.W., E.R. Cook, J. Villanueva-D ́ıaz, F.K. Fye, D.J. Burnette, R.D. Griffin, R. Acua-Soto, R. Seager, and R.R. Heim Jr., Early 21st-century drought in Mexico, Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 90(11):89–90, doi:10.1029/2009EO110001, 2009.

  • Stahle, D.W., F.K. Fye, E.R. Cook, and R.D. Griffin, Tree-ring reconstructed megadroughts over North America since A.D. 1300. Climatic Change 83(1–2):133–149, doi:10.1007/s10584-006-9171-x, 2007.

  • Stahle, D.W., M.K. Cleaveland, R.D. Griffin, M.D. Spond, F.K. Fye, R.B.Culpepper, and D. Patton, Decadal drought effects on endangered woodpecker habitat. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 87(12):121, 125. doi: 10.1029/2006EO120002, 2006.

  • Griffin, R.D., D.W. Stahle, and M.D. Therrell, Repeat photography in the ancient Cross Timbers of Oklahoma, USA. Natural Areas Journal 25(2): 176–182, 2005.

  • Acuña-Soto, R., D.W. Stahle, M.D. Therrell, R.D. Griffin, and M.K. Cleaveland, When half of the population died: the epidemic of hemorrhagic fevers of 1576 in Mexico. FEMS Microbiology Letters 240:1–5. doi:10.1016/j.femsle.2004.09.011, 2004.


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