Skip to main content
Amy Hessl
Department of Geology and Geography

Amy Hessl, Ph.D.
Professor of Geography
Office: G49 Brooks Hall
Phone: (304) 293-8210 
Fax: (304) 293-6522 

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 studied forest dynamics, climate and human history in the American West, Mongolia and Southern Australia.

Five Representative Publications
*Indicates student authors.
Hessl, A., Brown, P., Byambasuren, O., *Cockrell, S., *Leland, C., Cook, E., Nachin, B., Pederson, N., *Saladyga, T., and Suran, B. 2016. Fire and Climate in Mongolia (1532-2010 CE). Geophysical Research Letters 43(12):6519-6527. 10.1002/2016GL069059.

Booth, R., Ireland, A., LeBoeuf, K. and A. Hessl. 2016. Late Holocene climate-induced forest transformation and peatland establishment in northern West Virginia. Quaternary Research. 85(2):204-210. 10.1016/j.yqres.2016.02.001

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

Maxwell*, R.S., A. Hessl, E. Cook, and N. Pederson. 2011. A multi-species tree-ring reconstruction of Potomac River stream flow (950-2001). Water Resources Research 47(5): W05512. 10.1029/2010WR010019

Hessl, A. E., McKenzie, D., and Schellhaas, R. 2004. Drought and Pacific Decadal Oscillation linked to fire occurrence in the inland Pacific Northwest. Ecological Applications 14(2):425-442. 10.1890/03-5019