Dr. Nicole Davi

Davi website photo.jpg

Office:   SE4032
Office Hours:   Upon Appointment

Department: Environmental Science
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Dendrochronology, Paleoclimatology, Science Education

Curriculum Vitae

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

Research Interests:

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.


Funded Projects:

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