Dr. Nicole Davi

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Office:   SHE 4032, Lab SW 304
Office Hours:   Upon Appointment

Department: Environmental Science
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, science education, science and art collaborations

Research Interests:

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.

Curriculum Vitae


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.

Funded Projects:

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