RED Lab Research Papers

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  • Spencer, J., Brunelle, A., and Hepola, T. In press.  Using paleoecology to inform land management as climates change: an example from an oak savanna ecosystem.   Ecological Applications. 
  • Carter, V., Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Shaw, J., DeRose, J., and Brewer, S.,  (2017).  Climate variability and fire effects on quaking aspen in the central Rocky Mountains, USA.  Journal of Biogeography.  doi:10.1111/jbi.12932
  • Carter, V.A., Power, M.J., *Lundeen, S.J., *Morris, J.L., Petersen, K.L., Brunelle, A., Anderson R.S., , Shinker, J.J., Turney, L., Koll, R., and Bartlein, P.J.  2017.  A 1,500-year synthesis of wildfire activity stratified by elevation from the U.S. Rocky Mountains, Quaternary International (2017),
  • Morris, J. L., Higuera, P. E., Haberle, S., & Whitlock, C. (2017). Modern pollen from small hollows reflects Athrotaxis cupressoides density across a wildfire gradient in subalpine forests of the Central Plateau, Tasmania, Australia. The


  • Lundeen, Z., Brunelle, A. (2016).  A 14,000-year record of fire, climate, and vegetation from the Bear River Range, southeast Idaho, USA.  The Holocene. doi:10.1177/0959683615622545
  • Morris, J. L., Cottrell, S., Fettig, C.J., Hansen, W.D., Sherriff, R.L., Carter, V.A., Clear, J.L., Clement, J., DeRose, R.J., Hicke, J.A., Higeura, P. E., Mattor, K. M., Seddon, A. W. R.,  Seppä, H. T., Stednick, J. D., Seybold, S. J. (2016). Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: priority questions to motivate future research. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12782


  • Morris, J.L.,  DeRose, R.J., and Brunelle, A.R.  (2015).  Long-term landscape changes in a
    subalpine spruce-fir forest in central Utah, USA.  Forest Ecosystems.  2:35, 1-12.  doi: 10.1186/s40663-015-0057-0
  • Morris, J.L., Mustaphi, C. J. C., Carter, V. A., Watt, J., Derr, K., Pisaric, M. F., Anderson, R.S. & Brunelle, A. R. (2015). Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published and ongoing research. Quaternary International, 387, 72-86. 
  • Morris, J.L., McLauchlan, K. K., & Higuera, P. E. (2015). Sensitivity and complacency of sedimentary biogeochemical records to climate-mediated forest disturbances. Earth-Science Reviews, 148, 121-133.
  • Morris, J.L., Väliranta, M., Sillasoo, Ü., Tuittila, E. S., & Korhola, A. (2015). Re‐evaluation of late Holocene fire histories of three boreal bogs suggest a link between bog fire and climate. Boreas, 44 (1), 60-67.
  • Anderson, L., Brunelle, A., Thompson, R.S. 2015. A multi-proxy record of hydroclimate, vegetation, fire, and post-settlement impacts for a subalpine plateau, central Rocky Mountains, USA. The Holocene doi: 10.1177/0959683615574583 pdf


  • *Morris, J.L., *Watt, J., Courtney Mustaphi C.J., *Carter, V., Derr, K., Brunelle, A. and Anderson, R.S. (2014). Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published and ongoing work. Quaternary International
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Delgadillo, J., *Blissett, S. (2014). A long-term perspective on woody plant encroachment in the desert southwest, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science. pdf


  • *Carter, V., Brunelle, A., Minckley, T.A., Dennison, P.E., Power, M.J. (2013). Regionalization of fire regimes in the Central Rocky Mountains, USA. Quaternary Research 80, 406-416. pdf
  • *Lundeen, Z., Brunelle, A., Burns, S.J., Asmerom, Y., Polyak, V. (2013). Holocene Paleoclimate from a Northern Wasatch Mountains Speleothem: Season Specific Insight into the Hydroclimate History of the Great Salt Lake Basin. Quaternary International 310, 83-95.
  • *Morris, J.L., Brunelle, A., Munson, A.S., Spencer, J., Power, M.J. (2013). Holocene vegetation and fire reconstructions from the Aquarius Plateau, Utah, USA. Quaternary International 310, 111-123.
  • *Morris, J.L., Courtney Mustaphi, C.J., *Carter, V.A., Watt, J., Derr, K., Pisaric, M.F.J., Anderson, R.S., Brunelle, A.R. (In press). Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published and ongoing research. Quaternary International
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., Lips, E., and Burnett, P.  (In Press).  An environmental history from a high elevation lake basin in the intermountain West: Little Brooklyn Lake, WY.  Journal of Quaternary Science.
  • *Nishizawa, S.  Currey, D.R., Brunelle, A. and Sack, D. 2013.  Bonneville basin shoreline records of large lake events in Marine Isotope Stages 3 and 2.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 386, 374-391.
  • *Morris, J.L., Brunelle, A., DeRose, R.J., Seppä, H., Power, M.J., *Carter, V.A., *Bares, R. (2013). Using fire regimes to delineate zones in a high-resolution lake sediment record from the western United States. Quaternary Research 79(1), 24-36. pdf
  • *Morris, J., le Roux, P., *Macharia, A., Brunelle, A., Hebertson, E., and *Lundeen, Z.  (2013).  Organic, elemental, and geochemical contributions to lake sediment deposits during severe spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) disturbances.  Forest Ecology and Management 289:78-89.


  • *Nishizawa, S., Currey, D., Brunelle, A, and Sack, D.  (2012).  Bonneville basin shoreline records of a large lake during Marine Isotope Stage 16.  Quaternary Science Reviews 58:1-6.
  • *Morris, J. and Brunelle, A.  (2012).  Pollen accumulation in lake sediments during historic spruce beetle disturbances in subalpine forests of southern Utah, USA. pdf


  • Minckley, T., Brunelle, A., and *Blissett, S.  (2011)  Holocene sedimentary and environmental history of an in-channel wetland along the ecotone of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert grasslands.  Quaternary International.   235, 40-47.


  • Dennison, P., Brunelle, A., and *Carter, V. (2010).  Assessing canopy mortality during a mountain pine beetle outbreak using GeoEye-1 high spatial resolution satellite data.  Remote Sensing of Environment 114 (2010) 2431–2435.
  • *Patrickson, S., Sack, D., Brunelle, A. and Moser, K. (2010).  Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene Lake Level and Paleoclimate Insights from, Stansbury Island, Bonneville Basin, Utah.  Quaternary Research 73, 237-246.
  • *Morris, J., Brunelle, A., Munson, A.S.  (2010).  Pollen Evidence of Late Holocene Disturbance on the Wasatch Plateau, Utah.  Western North American Naturalist 70(2):175-188.
  • Brunelle, A., Minckley, T., *Blissett, S., *Cobabe, S.  and *Guzman, B., (2010).  An 8000 year fire history of a southwestern U.S. desert wetland. Journal of Arid Environments 74: 475-481. pdf


  • Minckley, T.A., M.Clementz, A.R. Brunelle, and G.A. Minckley.  (2009). Isotopic analysis of wetland development in the American Southwest.  The Holocene 19: 737-745.
  • Marlon, J.,  Bartlein, P.,  Walsh, M.,  Harrison, S., Brown, K.,  Edwards, M., Higuera, P., Power, M., Whitlock, C., Anderson, R. S.,  Briles, C.,  Brunelle, A.,  Carcaillet, C.,  Daniels, M, Hu, F., Lavoie, M., Long, C., Minckley, T., Richard, P.,  Shafer, D., Tinner, W., Umbanhower, C. Jr. (2009).  Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106, 2519-2524.


  • Whitlock, C., Bartlein, P.J., Briles, C., Brunelle, A., Long, C., and Marlon, J. (2008).  Long-term relations between fire, fuel, and climate in the northwestern U.S.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 17, 72-83.
  • Power, M.J., Ortiz, N., Marlon, J., Bartlein, P.J., Harrison, S.P., Mayle, F.,  Ballouche, A., Bradshaw, R., Carcaillet, C., Cordova, C., Mooney, S., Moreno, P., Prentice, I.C., Thonicke, K., Tinner, W., Whitlock, C., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Anderson, R.S., Beer, R., Behling, H., Briles, C., Brown, K., Brunelle A, Bush, M., Clark, J., Colombaroli, D., Daniels, M., Dodson, J., Edwards, M.E., Fisinger, W., Gavin, D.G., Gobet, E., Hallett, D.J., Higuera, P., Horn, S., Inoue, J., Kaltenreider, P., Kennedy, L., Kong, Z.C., Long, C., Lynch, J., Lynch, B., McGlone, M., Meeks, S., Meyer, G., Minckley, T., Mohr, J, Noti, R., Pierce, J., Richard, P., Shuman, B.J., Takahara, H., Toney, J., Turney, C., Umbanhower, C., Vandergoes, M., Vanniere, B., Walsh, M., Wang, X., Williams, N., Wilmshurst, J., Zhang , J.H. (2008).  Changes in fire activity since the LGM: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data.  Climate Dynamics 30(7-8): 887-907.
  • Brunelle, A., Rehfeldt, J., Bentz, B., and Munson, S. (2008).  Holocene records of Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains.  Forest Ecology and Management 255,836-846. pdf


  • Brunelle, A.  (2007). Evidence of the Younger Dryas chronozone from paleoecological records of the northern Rocky Mountains.  Current Research in the Pleistocene 24, 1-3.
  • *Patrickson, S., and Brunelle, A. (2007). A Summary of Climate Change in The Great Basin: With Emphasis on The Bonneville Basin (28 Ka - Present). Nevada Archeologist 22, 49-56.
  • Minckley, T.A., and Brunelle, A. (2007).  Paleohydrology and growth of a desert ciénega.  Journal of Arid Environments 69, 420-431. pdf


  • Kim, T., Cova, T., and Brunelle, A.  (2006). Exploratory Map Animation for Post-Event Analysis of Wildfire Protective Action Recommendations.  Natural Hazards Review 7, 1-11.


  • Brunelle, A., Whitlock, C., Bartlein, P.J. , and Kipfmueller, K. (2005).  Holocene fire and vegetation along environmental gradients in the Northern Rocky Mountains.  Quaternary Science Reviews 24, 2281-2300. pdf


  • Brunelle, A., and Whitlock, C.  (2003).  Postglacial Fire, Vegetation, and Climate History in the Clearwater Range, Northern Idaho, USA.  Quaternary Research 60, 307-318.
  • Brunelle, A., and Anderson, R.S. (2003).  Sedimentary charcoal as an indicator of Late-Holocene drought in the Sierra Nevada, California, and its relevance to the future.  The Holocene 13, 21-28. pdf


  • Mock, C.J., and Brunelle-Daines, A. R.  (1999).  A modern analogue of western United States summer palaeoclimate at 6000 years before present.  The Holocene 9, 541-545.