Evan Larson

Contact Info

254 Gardner Hall
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001

Campuses and Colleges

  • UW-Platteville

Department Info

Professor and James R. Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient
Associate Professor (2015–2020)
Assistant Professor (2009–2015)


Fire Ecology
Historical Ecology


Professional Background

Courses taught

  • GEOG 1040: Planet Earth
  • GEOG 1270: Global Vegetation
  • GEOG 2230: Cartography
  • GEOG 3330: Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 3340: Biogeography
  • GEOG 3570: Fire History and Ecology
  • 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
  • GEOG 4950: Geography Seminar

Current Projects

  • Developing a spatially-explicit drought reconstruction for southwest Wisconsin from presettlement prairie oak and cedar trees
  • Seeking influences of Ojibwe landuse practices on the fire regimes of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Updating existing tree-ring chronologies across the Midwest to develop reconstructions of temperature, drought, and lake level variability

Select Publications (* indicates undergraduate student coauthor)

  • Kipfmueller, K.F., Larson, E.R., Johnson, L.B, and Elizabeth Schneider. 2021. Reassessing the role of surface fire regimes and people in the forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota, USA. Ecosphere. 12(7):e03673.
  • Larson, E.R., Kipfmueller, K.F., and Johnson, L.B. 2021. People, fire, and pine: Linking human agency and landscape in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and beyond. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111(1): 1–25.
  • Larson, E.R., Underwood, C.A., and Allen, S. 2020. The Driftless Oaks: A new network of tree-ring chronologies to improve regional perspectives of drought in the Upper Midwest, USA. Progress in Physical Geography. DOI: 10.1177/0309133320960670
  • Larson, E.R., Johnson, L.B., Johnson, L.R., Wilding, T.C., Hildebrandt, K.*, and Kipfmueller, K.F. 2019. Faces in the wilderness: A new network of crossdated culturally-modified red pine in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota, USA. Human Ecology 47: 747–764.
  • Frelich, L., Blossey, B., Cameron, E., Davalos, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fahey, T., Ferlian, O., Groffman, Peter, Larson, E.R., Loss, S., Maerz, J., Nuzzo, V., Yoo, K., and Reich, P. 2019. Side-swiped: Ecological cascades emanating from earthworm invasion. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(9): 502–510.
  • Leys, B.A., Griffin, D., Larson, E.R., McLauchlan, K.K. 2019. Century-scale fire dynamics in a savanna ecosystem. Fire 2(3): 51. doi: 10.3390/fire2030051.
  • Johnson, L.B., Johnson, L.R.,Larson, E.R., and Kipfmueller, K.F. 2018. Culturally-modified red pine, birch-bark canoes, and the fur trade on Lake Saganaga, Minnesota, USA. Historical Archaeology Journal. 52(2): 281–300.
  • 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.
  • 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.