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Amy Hessl
Department of Geology and Geography

Profile image of Amy Hessl Amy Hessl, Ph.D.
Professor of Geography
Office: G49 Brooks Hall

Dr. Hessl uses the environmental information stored in the growth rings of trees to study climate variability, ecosystem processes, and human activities over the last 2000 years. She has been fortunate to work in the American West, Mongolia and Southern Australia.

Five Representative Publications
*Indicates student authors.

King, J., Anchukaitis, K., Allen, K., Vance, T., and A. Hessl. 2023. Trends and variability in the Southern Annular Mode over the Common Era. Nature Communications 14:2324.

Walker*, M., Mueller*, A.  Allen, K., Fenwick, P., Anchukaitis, K. and A. Hessl. 2023. High-resolution radiocarbon anchors for confirming tree ring dating. Dendrochronologia 77: 126048.

de Graauw*, K. and Hessl, A. 2020. Do historic log buildings provide evidence of reforestation following the depopulation of indigenous peoples? Journal of Biogeography.

Hessl, A., Anchukaitis, K.J., Jelsema, C., Cook, B., Byambasuran, O., *Leland, C., Nachin, B., Pederson, N., Tian, H., Andreu Hayles, L. 2018. Past and future drought in Mongolia. Science Advances 4, e1701832.

Pederson, N., A. Hessl, K. Anchukaitis, Nachin Baatarbileg, and N. Di Cosmo. 2014. Pluvials, Droughts, the Mongol Empire, and Modern Mongolia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(12):4375–4379.  10.1073/pnas.1318677111