faculty_picBethany Coulthard

Assistant professor

Hydroclimate, Water Resources, Global Change, Paleoscience, Tree Rings

Office: LFG 206
Phone: 702-895-4612
Email: Bethany.coulthard@unlv.edu 

Personal website

I am currently offering two to three fully-funded masters positions! If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in the tree-ring lab, please contact me by email. Research themes include:

1) Fraser Basin drought reconstruction and risk assessment using tree-rings (British Columbia, Canada)
2) Using tree-rings to analyze past snowpack dynamics and snowpack declines in western North America

Education & previous positions:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Arizona
Ph.D. University of Victoria, Canada (2015)
M.S University of Victoria, Canada (2010)
B.A. Mount Allison University, Canada (2007)

Research interests:

Dr. Coulthard is an applied hydroclimatologist and paleoscientist exploring influences of climate change on global water cycles relevant to human populations and ecosystems. She specializes in developing and analyzing tree-ring records of drought, flood, snow, runoff, ice melt, and forest vegetation – and the climate patterns that drive these processes – at time scales from centuries to millennia and spatial scales from watersheds to continents. Her priority is to provide practical datasets and information that can be used by resource managers, policy-makers, and communities confronting climate change.

Selected Publications:

Coulthard, B. L., Anchukatis, K. J., Touchan, R., and Meko, D. M., and Sivrikaya, F. (2017). Tree growth and vegetation activity at the ecosystem scale in the eastern Mediterranean. Environmental Research Letters, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7b26

Carlson, K. M., Coulthard, B. L., & Starzomski, B. M. (2016). Autumn snowfall controls the annual radial growth of centenarian whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) in the southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia. Arctic Alpine and Antarctic Research, DOI:10.1657/AAAR0016-033

Coulthard, B. L., Smith, D. J., & Meko, D. M. (2016). Is worst-case scenario streamflow drought underestimated in British Columbia? A multi-century perspective for the south coast, derived from tree rings. Journal of Hydrology, DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.12.030

Coulthard, B. L. & Smith, D. J. (2016). A 477-year dendrohydrological assessment of drought severity for Tsable River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10726

Coulthard, B. L. and Smith, D. J. 2013a. Dendrochronology. In: Elias S.A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. Vol. 1, pp. 453-458. Amsterdam: Elsevier.