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Eugene Wahl - CV


NOAA National Climatic Data Center,
325 Broadway, E/CC23
Boulder, CO 80305
Tel    303.497.6297    Fax    303.497.6513
Email eugene.r.wahl@noaa.gov

RESEARCH FOCUS :

Last-2000 year annual-to-sub-annual climate reconstructions for North America and the Northern Hemisphere. In this area I work on climate field reconstructions, developing reconstruction methods, and experimental examinations of how well the methods are working. A key current target is the use of N. American field reconstructions over the past 600 years to determine spatially-characteristic responses of the climate system to external forcing, and then exploiting these characteristic responses to: (a) identify climate model capacity to accurately simulate the regional forcing-response characteristics and (b) diagnose reasons why the models succeed or fail to accurately capture the regional signals. Finally, regionally best-performing models can then be identified for use in climate change impacts analyses, such as future drought and fire regimes in the N. American West.

Assimilation of multi-decadal to centennial pollen-derived climate information with annually-responding tree ring information and centennial to multi-centennial climate reconstructions from boreholes. In this area I am part of a project to develop Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling as a method for integration of different-frequency climate proxy information. This project has the target of last two-millennial reconstructions of average N. American surface temperatures.

Full-Holocene climate reconstructions in N. America using pollen proxy information. In this area I work on both reconstructions and developing and optimizing reconstruction methods, especially the Modern Analog Technique. A recent emphasis in this area is the development of drought variability reconstructions for mid-latitude central North America over the period 9,000-3,000 years ago.

Experimental examination of the comparative value of single-site, multiple-site, and climate field reconstructions of ENSO variability.

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EDUCATION :

2002   PhD in Conservation Biology and Quaternary Paleoecology, University of Minnesota
1998   M.Div. (Divinity), Church Divinity School of the Pacific--Episcopal
1982   M.A. (Economics), San Diego State University
1977   B.A. (Economics), San Diego State University

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EMPLOYMENT (abbreviated) :

2008 - present   Physical Scientist, NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder, CO
2004-2008   Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Division of Environmental Studies and Geology, Alfred University
2005-2007    Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (summers)
2002-2004   Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Scientist, Advanced Studies Program, Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment, and Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, NCAR
2003-present   Graduate Adjunct Professor, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Master of Earth Literacy Program (Environmental Ethics and Economics)
2001 (pro-bono)   Instructor, University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek Natural History Center (Environmental Ethics and Philosophy of Science)
1997-1999   Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Conservation Biology Program and Ecology Department, (Environmental Science, Environmental Ethics, Geosphere/Biosphere History)
1995-1996   Research Assistant, Dr. Kenneth Cole, University of Minnesota, (Southern California paleoclimatology and paleoecology)
1992-2001   Supply Minister, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
1989-1992   Associate Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ross CA
1988-1989   Associate Chaplain, St. Luke's Hospital, San Francisco CA
1983-1985   Instructor, San Diego State University (Economics)
1980-1983   Economist, Financial Management Department, City of San Diego, CA
1978-1979   Instructor, St. Augustine High School (Mathematics), San Diego CA

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PUBLICATIONS :

Publications Related to Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, and Biogeography (papers)

Publications Related to Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, and Biogeography (abstracts and unpublished technical reports)

Publications Related to Environmental Ethics, Environmental Economics, and Environmental Theology

Publications Related to Public Economics

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PRESENTATIONS :

Presentations at Professional Meetings and Invited Presentations

Leadership of Special Courses, Programs, Workshops, and Seminars (non-academic and academic)

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Community Service :

N.B. Other committee and service responsibilities in employed professional settings, along with informal presentations in academic and other settings, are not listed.

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