Evan Larson

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Evan Larson

Associate Professor

Office: Gardner 254
Tel: 608.342.6139
E-mail: larsonev@uwplatt.edu
Lab Website: /TREES
CV: pdf

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (2015-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (2009–2015)
  • Research Associate, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin-Extension (2014-present)
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Mid Sweden University (2011-2012)



  • Ph.D. in Geography with a minor in Natural Resource Sciences and Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2009)
  • M.S. in Geography with a minor in Environmental Policy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2005)
  • B.A. in Environmental Sciences, Willamette University (2002)


  • Biogeography
  • Dendroecology
  • Fire Ecology
  • Historical Ecology

Courses taught

  • GEOG 1040: Planet Earth
  • GEOG 3340: Biogeography
  • GEOG 3950: Guided Research
  • GEOG 4120: Seminar on Island Biogeography
  • GEOG 4120: Seminar on Fire History and Ecology
  • GEOG 4760: Ecology and Landscape Field Trip
  • GEOG 4920: Independent Study in Dendroecology

Current Projects

  • Developing a spatially-explicit drought reconstruction for southwest Wisconsin from presettlement prairie oak trees
  • Seeking influences of Ojibwe landuse practices on the fire regimes of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Examining the fundamental influence of landscape structure on forest dynamics in the boreal forests of northern Sweden
  • Assessing the impacts of invasive European earthworms on forest productivity throughout the Great Lakes Region
  • Updating existing tree-ring chronologies across the Midwest to develop reconstructions of temperature, drought, and lake level variability
  • Refining understanding of the climate response of ancient upper-forest border bristlecone pine
  • Establishing ecological baseline data for Memorial Park oak savanna restoration


  • Johnson, L.B., Johnson, L.R., Larson, E.R., and Kipfmueller, K.F. In press. Culturally-modified red pine, birch-bark canoes, and the fur trade on Lake Saganaga, Minnesota, USA. Historical Archaeology Journal.
  • Copes-Gerbitz, K.*, Arabas, K.B., Larson, E.R., and Gildehaus, S.* 2017. Informing conservation through a multi-proxy land-use history reconstruction of Willamette University at Zena Forest, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Northwest Science 91: 160–185.
  • Larson, E.R. and Green, M.A.* 2017. Fire history at the confluence of the Driftless Area and Central Sand Plains of Wisconsin: A case study from Castle Mound Pine Forest State Natural Area. Natural Areas Journal 37: 309–321.
  • van de Gevel, S., Larson, E.R., Grissino-Mayer, H.D. 2017. Separating trends in whitebark pine radial growth related to climate and mountain pine beetle outbreaks in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Forests 8: doi:10.3390/f8060195.
  • Larson, E. R.  2017. Seeking wilderness: Tree rings, history, and the meaning of wilderness in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Minnesota Conservation Volunteer 80: 22–30.
  • Harley, G., Maxwell, J, Larson, E.R., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Henderson, J., and Huffman, J. 2017. Suwannee River flow variability 1550–2005 CE reconstructed from a multispecies tree-ring network. Journal of Hydrology 544: 438–451.
  • Larson, E.R., and Rawling III, J.E. 2016. Developing new sources of proxy climate data from historical structures in the Lake Michigan-Huron basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research 42: 328–335.
  • Gildehaus, S.*, Copes-Gerbitz, K.*, Arabas, K.B., and Larson, E.R. 2015. The dendroclimatological potential of Willamette Valley Quercus garryana and insights on the uncertainty of past Pacific Decadal Oscillation variability. Tree-Ring Research 71:13-23.
  • Salzer, M.W., Larson E.R., Bunn, A., Hughes, M. 2014. Climate response of near-treeline bristlecone pine. Environmental Research Letters doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/11/114007.
  • Allen, S. and Larson, E.R. 2014. The Driftless Oaks: An environmental history of southwest Wisconsin. Wisconsin Natural Resources 38: 6-7.
  • Beatty, A., Bodendein, C., Hartmann, K., Goble, S., Tian, K., Larson, E.R. 2013. Data entry module for the Fire History Exploration and Analysis System (FHAES) Software. Published by the Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES) of the Wildland Fire Science Partnership.
  • Larson, E.R., Allen, S.*, Flinner, N.L.*, LaBarge, S.G.*, and Wilding, T.C.* 2013. The need and means to update chronologies in a dynamic environment. Tree-Ring Research 69: 21–27.
  • Larson, E.R. and Kipfmueller, K.F. 2012. Ecological disaster or the limits of observation? Reconciling modern declines with the long-term dynamics of whitebark pine communities. Geography Compass 6: 189–214.
  • Larson, E.R. 2012. Influences of blister rust and mountain pine beetle on whitebark pine. Nutcracker Notes 22: 14–15.
  • Kipfmueller, K.F., Larson, E.R., and St. George, S. 2012. Does proxy uncertainty affect the relations inferred between the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and wildfire activity in the western United States? Geophysical Research Letters 39:L04703.
  • Larson, E.R. 2011. Influences of the biophysical environment on blister rust and mountain pine beetle, and their interactions, in whitebark pine forests. Journal of Biogeography 38: 453–470.
  • Campbell, E.M., Keane, R.E., Larson, E.R. , Murray, M.P., Schoettle, A.W., Wong, C. 2011. Disturbance Ecology of High-Elevation Five-Needle Pine Ecosystems in Western North America. Pages 154–163 in R. E. Keane, D. F. Tomback, M. P. Murray, and C. M. Smith, editors. Proceedings: The Future of High-Elevation Five-Needle White Pines in Western North America . U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station RMRS-P-63 , June 28–30, 2010, Missoula, Montana.
  • Larson, E.R. and Kipfmueller, K.F. 2010. Patterns in whitebark pine regeneration and their relationships to biophysical site characteristics in southwest Montana, central Idaho, and Oregon, U.S.A. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 476–487.
  • Kipfmueller, K.F., Elliott, G.P., Larson, E.R. , and Salzer, M.W. 2010. An assessment of the dendroclimatic characteristics of three conifer species in northern Minnesota. Tree-Ring Research 66: 113–126.
  • Larson, E.R. , Kipfmueller, K.F., Hale, C.M., Frelich, L.E., and Reich, P.B. 2010. Tree rings detect earthworm invasions and their effects in northern hardwood forests. Biological Invasions 12:1053–1066. DOI 10.1007/s10530-009-9523-3.
  • Crockett, K., Martin, J.B., Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Larson, E.R., Mirti, T. 2010. Assessment of tree rings as a hydrologic record in a humid subtropical environment. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46:
  • Larson, E.R., van de Gevel, S.L., and Grissino-Mayer, H.D. 2009. Fire regime comparisons of three whitebark pine communities, Montana, USA. Écoscience 16: 282–298.
  • Elliott, G.P. and Larson, E.R. 2009. Disturbance and successional dynamics in an old growth white pine-mixed hardwood forest of the Great Lakes Region of Minnesota. Geographical Bulletin 50: 37–56.
  • Ziegler, S.S., Larson, E.R., Rauchfuss, J., and Elliott, G.P. 2008. Tree establishment during dry spells at an oak savanna in Minnesota. Tree-Ring Research 64: 47–54.
  • Larson, E.R. 2007. Whitebark pine regeneration in southwestern Montana and eastern Oregon. Nutcracker Notes 13:16–18.
  • Arabas, K.B., Hadley, K.H., and Larson, E.R. 2006. Fire history of a naturally fragmented landscape in central Oregon. The Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 36: 1108–1120.


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