Dr. Nicole Davi
Office Hours: Upon Appointment
Department: Environmental Science
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Dendrochronology, Paleoclimatology, Science Education
Education and Appointments:
2013 Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Tree-Ring Lab, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades NY.
2011-2013 National Science Foundation, Atmospheric and Geospace Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades NY.
2010-2013 Course Scientist, Seminars on Science, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, NY.
2007-2010 Ph. D. Rutgers University of NJ, Department of Geography.
2004-2005 Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Graduate School of Education. One year toward Science Education Ph.D.
2000-2002 MSc, Rutgers University of NJ, Department of Geography.
1992- 1996 BSc, Ramapo College of NJ, Environmental Science
My overarching research goal is to develop and interpret high-resolution paleoclimatic records in order to further our understanding of past natural and recent anthropogenic climate change over the past 2000 years. Three main themes have driven my work throughout my academic and research career:
1. Understanding climate change on long-term scales and the climate impacts on the landscape and people.
2. Building interdisciplinary research partnerships to apply new approaches to environmental problems.
3. Working with students, teachers, public audiences and artists to communicate the excitement of scientific explorations and the significance of the results.
My dissertation research focused on creating a high-resolution network of drought sensitive tree-ring chronologies across Mongolia to develop a deeper understanding of natural variability of droughts and pluvials, including duration, extremes and frequency of events over the past 400 to 500 years (Davi et al. 2006, 2010, 2012a, Davi 2010).
Mongolia is a pristine country with roughly half its people practicing a traditional nomadic herding existence. Their livelihoods and well-being are inextricably connected to the health of their livestock and the productivity of the country’s grasslands. As such, they are extremely vulnerable to climate variability and change. A multi-decadal drought, which began in 1999, has depleted grasslands and has contributed to massive livestock death as well as great economic hardship and poverty. My research focused on understanding the stability of Mongolian water resources through time, and shedding light on climate cycles, extremes and spatial patterns.
My current research integrates the Mongolian paleoclimatic data with both atmospheric dynamics and remote sensing, in order to evaluate the climate forcing behind multi-decadal droughts and to quantify the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and people.
Peer Review Publications:
In Prep Davi N, D’Arrigo R, Jacoby G, Nachin B. et al. A Central Asian Millennial Temperature Record based on Tree Rings from Mongolia
In Prep Lyon B and Davi N, Recurrent and Anomalous Circulation Patterns Associated with Mongolian Summertime Rainfall Variability and “Dzud” Events.
In Prep D’Arrigo, R., R. Wilson, G. Wiles, K. Anchukaitis, O. Solomina, N. Davi, C. Deser, Russian students, G. Jacoby. Tree-ring reconstructed western North Pacific atmosphere-ocean climate dynamics: coastal northeastern Japan. Ms. In preparation.
Submitted Fang K, Wilmking M, Davi N, Zhou F, Liu C, An ensemble weighting approach for dendroclimatology: drought reconstructions for the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. PLOS ONE
Submitted Fang K, Seppa H, He M, Davi N, Decadal-scale hydroclimate shifts over the past 700 years in central and eastern Asia and potential driving factors. Climate of the Past.
In Revision Chen, Z, He X, Davi N, Cui M, Zhang A, and Peng, J. Reconstructed precipitation for southern Northeast China and the northern Korean peninsula over the past 258 years and its linkages to East Asia monsoon variability. Climate Dynamics
2013 Leland C, Pederson N, Hessl A, Davi N, Nachin B.A Hydroclimatic Regionalization of North-central Mongolia as Inferred from Tree Rings. Dendrochronologia.
2013 D’Arrigo R, Davi N, Jacoby G, Wilson R, Wiles G. Synthesis of Three Decades of Research on Tree Growth in Northern Forests in relation to Global Climatic Change. AGU Monograph
2012 Poulter, B., N. Pederson, H. Liu, Z. Zhu, R. D'Arrigo, P. Ciais, N. Davi, D. Frank, C. Leland, R. Myneni, S. Piao, and T Wang. Accepted. Recent trends in Inner Asian forest dynamics to temperature and precipitation indicate high sensitivity to climate change. Invited paper for the special issue "Drought threatened Inner Asian Ecosystems" in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
2012 Davi N, Pederson N, Leland C, Suran B, Nachin B, Jacoby G. Four centuries of hydroclimatic context for the recent drying in east central Mongolia. Water Resources Research 118, 1–8, doi:10.1029/2012WR011834
2012 Cui M, He X, Davi N, Chen Z, Zhang X, Peng J, Chen W, Ding W. Evidence of century environmental changes: trace element in tree-ring of Fuling Mausoleum Shenyang. Dendrochronologia http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2011.09.003,
2012 Fang K, Chen F, Gou X, Davi N, Liu C, Spatiotemporal drought variability for central and eastern Asia over the past seven centuries derived from tree-ring based reconstructions. Quaternary International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.03.038
2012 Chen Z, Li J, Fang K, Davi N, He X, Cui M, Zhang X, Peng J. Seasonal dynamics of vegetation over the past 100 years inferred from tree rings and climate in Hulunbei’er steppe, northern China. Journal of Arid Environments http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.03.013,
2012 Peng J, Sun Y, Chen M, He X, Davi NK, Zhang X, Li T, Zhu C, Cai C, Chen Z. Tree-ring based precipitation variability since AD 1828 in northwestern Liaoning, China. Quaternary International http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.07.007
2012 Pederson N, Leland C, Nachin B, Hessl A, Saladyga T, Suran B, Brown P M and Davi N. Four-hundred Years of Drought History in Mongolia’s Breadbasket. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Special Issue: Drought threatened ecosystems in semi-arid Inner Asia. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.07.003
2012 Chen, Z, Zhang X, Hea, X, Davi, N, Cuic, M and Penga, J Extension of summer (June-August) temperature records for northern Inner Mongolia (1715-2008), China using tree rings. Quaternary International http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.07.005
2011 Zhang X, He X, Li J, Davi N, Chen Z, Cui M, Chen W, Li N. Temperature reconstruction (1750–2008) from Dahurian larch tree-rings in an area subject to permafrost in Inner Mongolia, Northeast China Inter Research, Climate Research, Vol. 47: 151–159.
2011 Fang K, Gou X, Chen F, Liu C, Zhao Z, Davi N, Li Y. Tree-ring based reconstruction of drought variability (1615–2009) in the Kongtong Mountain area, northern China. Global and Planetary Change. Volume 80, p. 190-197.
2010 Chen Z, He X, Cui M, Davi, N, Zhang X, Chen W, Sun Y, The effect of anthropogenic activities on the reduction of urban tree sensitivity to climatic change: dendrochronological evidence from Chinese pine in Shenyang city. Trees – Structure and Function. DOI 10.1007/s00468-010-0514-x
2010 Davi N, Jacoby G, Fang K, Li J, D'Arrigo R, Baatarbileg N. Robinson. Reconstructed drought across Mongolia based on a large-scale tree-ring network: 1520-1993. Journal of Geophysical Research 15, doi:10.1029/2010JD013907
2010 Fang K, Gou X, Chen F, Li J, D’Arrigo R, Cook E, Yang T, Davi N. Reconstructed droughts for the southeastern Tibetan Plateau over the past 568 years and its linkages to the Paci?c and Atlantic Ocean climate variability. Climate Dynamics: DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0636-2.
2010 Davi N, Reconstructed Drought variability across Mongolia based on tree-rings. Dissertation. Rutgers University. 174 pages.
2009 Li J, Cook E, Chen F, Davi N, D’Arrigo R, Gou X, Wright W, Fang K, Jin L, Shi J, Yang T. Summer Monsoon Moisture Variability over China and Mongolia during the Past Four Centuries. Geophysical Research Letters 36: DOI 10.1029/2009GL041162
2009 Fang, K., Davi, N., Gou, X., Chen, F., Cook, E., Li, J., D’Arrigo, R. Spatial drought reconstruction for central high Asia based on tree rings. Climate Dynamics: DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0739-9
2009 Davi N, Jacoby G, D’Arrigo R, Baatarbileg N, Li J, Curtis A. A Tree-Ring Based Drought Index Reconstruction for Far Western Mongolia: 1565-2004. Int. J. of Climatology 29 (3), 1508-1514.
2008 Nachin, B., Park, W., Jacoby, G.C., Davi, N.K. History of Mandal Monastery in Mongolia Based on Tree-Ring Dating. Dendrochronologia 26 (2).
2006 Davi, N.K., Jacoby, G.C., Curtis, A.E., Nachin, B. Extension of Drought Records for Central Asia using Tree Rings: West Central Mongolia, Journal of Climate 19: 288-299.
2005 Solomina, O., Davi, N., D’Arrigo, R. and Jacoby, G. Reconstructed Drought Variability on the Crimean Peninsula Over the Past Four Centuries. Geophysical Research Letters 32 19704.
2004 Kaufman, R., D’Arrigo, R., Laskowski, C., Myneni, R., Zhou, L., Davi, N. The Effect of Growing Season and Summer Greeness on Northern Forests. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 31 No. 9, Pp.4.
2004 D’Arrigo, R., Kaufman, R., Davi, N., Jacoby, G., Myneni, R., and Laskowski, C. Thresholds for Warming-Induced Growth Decline at Elevational Treeline in Yukon Territory, Canada. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 18, GB3021, doi:10.1029/2004GB002249.
2003 Davi, N, Jacoby, G., and Wiles, G. Boreal Temperature Variability Inferred from Maximum Latewood Density and Tree-Ring Width Data, Wrangell Mountain Region, Alaska. Quaternary Research 60, 252-262.
2002 Wiles, G., McAllister, R., Davi, N., Jacoby, G. Eolian response to little ice age climate change, Tana Dune, Chugach Mountains, Alaska. Arctic, Anarctic, and Alpine Res.: Vol.35, No.1, pp.67-73.
2002 Davi, N., D’Arrigo, R., Jacoby, G., Buckley, B., Kobayashi, O. Warm-Season Annual to Decadal Temperature Variability for Hokkaido, Japan Inferred from Maximum Latewood Density (AD 1557-1990) and Ring Width Data (AD 1532-1990). Climatic Change 52, 201-217
2002 Wiles, G., Jacoby, G., Davi, N., McAllister, R. Late Holocene Glacial Fluctuation in the Wrangell Mountains, Alaska. Bulletin of Geological Society of America 114, 896-908.
Collaborative Research: Using Tree Rings to Develop Critical Scientific and Mathematical Thinking Skills in Undergraduate Students, (Lead PI Davi N, Lead, Co-PI Wattenberg F, Pringle P) National Science Foundation (NSF) Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE): 2014-2016 $235,777
The influence of atmospheric and oceanic forcings on the Southwest and Northeast Monsoon over India: A paleoclimate perspective (PIs Buckley B, Davi N). 2013 $10,069. Lamont Climate Center Seed Grant.
Student-Led Development of Earth Science Interpretive and Curriculum Materials for The Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park (Lead PI Davi N, Griffiths M). Landsberger Foundation: 2013-2014. $14,000
Tree-Ring Reconstructions of Western North Pacific Climate Dynamics (D'arrigo, R, PI; Co-Pis: Anchukaitis, K, Davi, N) NSF Paleo-Perspectives on Climate Change 2012-2014 $686,982
Toward a Deeper Understanding of Climate Induced Disaster in Mongolia: Identifying Mechanisms, Change and Vulnerability (Lead PI: N Davi). NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. $172,000. 2011-2013
Elucidating Near-Term Climate Change Information to Guide Water Resources Decisions and Foster Sustainability, Earth Institute at Columbia University, Cross-Cutting Initiative, (Block P, PI; Co-PIs: N Davi, Green A, Marx S) 2010-2011: $34,000.
Synthesis of three decades of research of tree growth In Northern Forests in relation to global climactic change, (D'arrigo, R, PI; Co-PIs: N Davi, Jacoby, G) NSF OPUS, 2010-2012: $132,000. Awarded