Nicole Davi is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Science Department and an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Tree-Ring Laboratory at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Davi’s research focuses on developing and interpreting high-resolution paleoclimatic records in order to further our understanding of climate change over the past 2000 years. She has authored/co-authored numerous peer-review articles on paleoclimate and has received several awards from National Science Foundation and other funding agencies for her research.
Davi also has several projects that focus on improving science literacy for undergraduate and K-12 students. She recently led a team to develop Tree-Ring Expeditions, online labs geared for community college and undergraduate instructors and their students, that tap into the excitement of field expeditions while introducing students to groundbreaking tree-ring studies that have had important societal impact. Davi also collaborates with artists to explore new and compelling ways to communicate the excitement of scientific explorations with diverse audiences.
Davi's Google Scholar, Researchgate and Instagram.
WPU News: Professors Michael Griffiths and Nicole Davi Awarded $234,000 Research Grant from the National Science Foundation
OSHE Office of the Secretary of Higher Ed: William Paterson Professors Awarded $234,000 NSF Research Grant
Northjersey.com: Clifton native, WPU valedictorian takes next step
State of the Planet: A New Global Team Tracks Temperature Change Through Time
The Guardian: Nomads no more: Why Mongolian herders are moving to the city
Climate Central: Heat, then deluge fell a town's beloved 600-year old oak
WPU News: WPU students win best student paper award from Geological Society of America
WP Magazine: Undergraduate Research: Explorations in Experiential Learning
Northjersey.com WPU students turn trash in treasure with artist Tattfoo
New York Times: It’s Not Genghis Khan’s Mongolia
State of the Planet: Translating Nature’s Historians: The Tree Ring Lab Turns 40
WPU News: Intersection of Art and Science to Be Explored by Environmental Science Faculty
State of the Planet: Tree Rings Confirm Unprecedented Warming in Central Asia
WP Magazine: On the Forefront of Climate Change Research and Education
WPU News: New Study Led by William Paterson University Researcher Confirms Unprecedented Warming Trend in Central Asia
Environmental Research Web: ‘Dzud’ years for Mongolian herders linked to climate
WP Magazine: Students Take Advantage of National Park Service Opportunities
AGU Blogosphere: Want to Really Communicate Your Science to the Public? Go on a Journey and They’ll Follow
State of the Planet: A Scientist Who Traveled the World to Study the Forest, and the Trees
State of the Planet: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Honors Recipients of Science Awards
Nyack News and Views: Sustainable Saturday: At The Liberty School Science Fair
State of the Planet: Tree Rings and Teachable Moments
State of the Planet: A Different Climate Change Message, on Stage
State of the Planet: The Art / Science Dating Game
State of the Planet: Theater Group to Perform "Climate Cabaret" at Lamont Open House
WP Magazine: Combining Art and Science for a “Green” Initiative (and video)
Autumn Years: The View from High Mountain
Education and Appointments:
2017 Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science, William Paterson University
2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science, William Paterson University
2013-2018 Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Tree-Ring Lab, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
2011-2013 National Science Foundation, AGS Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
2010-2013 Course Scientist, Seminars on Science, American Museum of Natural History, NYC
2007-2010 Ph. D. Rutgers University of NJ, Department of Geography
2004-2005 Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Graduate School of Education
2000-2002 MSc, Rutgers University of NJ, Department of Geography
1992- 1996 BSc, Ramapo College of NJ, Environmental Science
Peer Review Publications:
In Prep Rao PM*, Davi N, Pederson N, Martin Benito D, Buckley B, Kruczkiewicz A, Ceccato P, Causes of early season vegetation, and is it an indicator for tree-growth and canopy type in Eastern North American temperate deciduous forests. PhD. Student-led paper.
In Prep Chen Z, Wang X, Wiles G, Pederson N, D’Arrigo R, Davi N. Climate Response and Growth of Three Congeneric Tree Species in Northeast Asia and Northeast North America
In Prep Haraguchi M, Lall U, Wantanabe M, Davi N, Rao M, Leland C, Risk analysis of Climate Induced Disaster in Mongolia. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
In Prep Leland, C, Cook E, Andreu-Hayles L, Pederson N, Hessl A, Anchukaitis K, Byambasuren O, Nachin B, Davi N, D’Arrigo R, Griffin K. Bishop K, Rao M ,Strip-bark Morphology and Radial Growth Trends in Ancient Pinus sibirica Trees from central Mongolia
In Prep Jesper Björklund, Georg von Arx, Daniel Nievergelt, Loïc Schneider, Patrick Fonti, Anne Verstege, Holger Gärtner, Fritz Schweingruber, Rob Wilson, Björn Gunnarson, Björn Günther, Alexander Kirdyanov, Martin Wilmking, Tobias Scharnweber, Neil Loader, Song Huiming, Andrea Hevia, Ryszard Kaczka, Karolina Janecka, Markus Kochbeck, Claudia Hartl-Maier, Jan Esper, Kurt Nicolussi, Yu Liu, Laia Andreu-Hayles, Nicole Davi, Jan van Den Bulcke, Tom De Mil, Valerie Trouet, Danny McCarroll, Rose Oelkers, Jess Greary, Ignacio Mundo, Ricardo Villalba, Matt Meko, Mauri Timonen and David Frank (2018), Intra- and inter-method comparison of wood density measurements for ‘global change’ research
Submitted Buckley BM, Hansen K, Griffin K, Schmiege S, Oelkers R, D’ Arrigo, Stahle D, Davi N, Nguyen T, Le N, and Wilson R, Blue Intensity (BI) from a tropical conifer’s growth rings and links to climate, Dendochronologia
2017 Wilson R; D’Arrigo R, Andreu-Hayles L; Oelkers,R; Wiles G, Anchukaitis K, and Davi N. Blue Intensity based experiments for reconstructing North Pacific temperatures along the Gulf of Alaska.
2017 Rao MP, Cook BI, Cook ER, D’Arrigo RD, Krusic P, Anchukaitis K, LeGrande A, Buckley BM, Davi N, Leland C, Griffin KL, European and Mediterranean hydroclimate response to tropical volcanic forcing over the past millennium. Geophysical Research Letters
2017 Anchukaitis, K., Wilson, R., Briffa, K., Bu¨ntgen, U., Cook, E., D' Arrigo, R., Davi, N., Esper, J., Frank, D.,Gunnarson, B., Hegerl, G., Helama, S., Klesse, S., Krusic, P., Linderholm, H., Myglan, V., Osborn, T., Rydval, M., Schneider, L., Schurer, A., Wiles, G., Zhang, P. and Zorita, E. Last millennium Northern Hemisphere summer temperatures from tree rings: Part II: the spatial context. To be submitted to Quaternary Science Reviews.
2017 Sébastien Guillet, Christophe Corona, Markus Stoffel, Myriam Khodri, Franck Lavigne, Pablo Ortega, Nicolas Eckert, Pascal Dkengne Sielenou, Valérie Daux, Olga V. Churakova (Sidorova), Davi N, Jean-Louis Edouard, Yong Zhang, Brian H. Luckman, Vladimir S. Myglan, Joël Guiot, Martin Beniston, Valérie Masson-Delmotte & Clive OppenheimerHow exceptional were the climatic impacts of the largest Common Era volcanic eruption? Nature Geoscience 10, 123–128 (2017) doi:10.1038/ngeo2875
2016 Seim A, Schultz J, Leland C, Davi N, Byambasuren O, Liang E, Wang X, Beck C, Linderholm H, Pederson N, Synoptic-scale circulation patterns during summer derived from tree rings in mid-latitude Asia. Climate Dynamics
2016 Chen F, Davi N, et al, Irtysh River flow since 1500 as reconstructed by tree rings, reveals changing hydroclimatic signal of central High Asia. Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1814-y
2016 Chen, Z, He X, Davi N, Zhang A, and Peng, J., A 258-year reconstruction of precipitation for southern Northeast China and the northern Korean peninsula. Climate Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1796-9
2016 Esper J, Krusic P, Ljungqvist F, Luterbacher J, Carrer M, Cook E, Davi N, Kirdyanov A, Konter O, Myglan V, Salzer M, Timonen M, Treydte K, Trouet V, Villalba V, Wilson R, Yang B, Büntgen U, Review of tree-ring based temperature reconstructions of the past millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews 145.
2016 Wilson R, Anchukaitis K, Briffa K, Büntgen U, Cook E, D' Arrigo R, Davi N, Esper J, Frank D, Gunnarson B, Hegerl G, Klesse S, Krusic P, Linderholm H, Myglan V, Peng Z, Rydval M, Schneider L, Schurer A, Wiles G, and Zorita E, Northern hemispheric millennial temperatures from tree-rings: Part I: the long term context. Invited paper, Quaternary Science Reviews. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.12.005
2015 Rao PM*, Davi N, Wang S, D’Arrigo R, Skees J, Lyon B, Leland, C. Climate, Dzuds, droughts, and livestock mortality in Mongolia. Environmental Research Letters—*PhD student- led paper.
2015 Davi N, D’Arrigo R, Jacoby G, Nachin B. et al. A Central Asian Millennial Temperature Record based on Tree Rings from Mongolia. Quaternary Science Reviews 121, 89-97
2015 Chen Z, Zhang X, He X, Davi N, Bai X, Li L, Response of radial growth to warming and CO2 enrichment in southern Northeast China: a case of Pinus tabulaeformis. Climatic Change 130, 559-571.
2015 Fang K, Chen D, D'Arrigo R, Davi N, Influence of non-climatic factors on the relationships between tree growth and climate over the Chinese Loess Plateau. Global and Planetary Change
2014 Fang K, Seppa H, He M, Davi N, Hydroclimate Variations in Central and Monsoonal Asia over the Past 700 Years. PLOS ONE
2014 D’Arrigo, R., R. Wilson, G. Wiles, K. Anchukaitis, O. Solomina, N. Davi, C. Deser, V Matskovsky, E Dolgova, Tree ring reconstructed temperature index for coastal northern Japan: Implications for western North Pacific variability. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4230 International Journal of Climatology
2014 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
2014 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/Wiley Monograph ISBN-13: 978-1118848722
2013 Fang K, Davi N, D’Arrigo R, A reconstruction of the Asia-Pacific Oscillation Index for the past 1500 years and its association with the Asian summer monsoon. International Journal of Climatology 34 (7).
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 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 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 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: Calibrating Southeast Asian Proxies: Speleothems and Tree Rings, NSF Paleo-Perspectives on Climate Change P2C2 (PI M Griffiths, Co-PIs B Buckley, K Johnson, N Davi), October 2017-2020, ~890K Awarded.
Collaborative Research: Climate, human and ecosystem interactions in the face of a rapidly changing Asian steppe. Arctic Social Science, National Science Foundation (PI Honeychurch, Co-PI Gardner W, Fowell S, Davi N), 1.5M, Feb. 2017-2022, Awarded
Civic Engagement and Research Opportunities for Undergrads (PIs Davi N, Griffiths M). Landsberger Foundation: 2017-2018. $19,000 Awarded
Sub-Contract to Chuo University Japan: Research on Evaluation of Mean State and Climate Extremes in The long Meteorological Records in Mongolia (PI Davi N, Lall U, D’Arrigo R). $73,252. November 2015-2017, Awarded
Collaborative Research: Using tree rings to develop critical scientific and mathematical thinking skills in undergraduate students, (PIs Davi N, Lead, Co-PI Wattenberg F) NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES), 2014-2017, $248,392. Awarded
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. 2011-2015$172,000, Awarded
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, Awarded
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 Awarded
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, 2010-2014: $132,000. Awarded
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. Awarded
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