Hydroclimate, Water Resources, Global Change, Paleoscience, Tree Rings
Office: LFG 206
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)
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.
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.