Vita -- David M. Meko

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Education

1968 - 1972 Pennsylvania State University, BS Meteorology
1972 - 1974 University of Arizona, MS Atmospheric Sciences
1975 - 1981 University of Arizona, Ph.D. Hydrology
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Employment History

2004-present, ASSOCIATE RESEARCH PROFESSOR
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

1994-2004, PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SPECIALIST
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

1991 - 1994, ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

1988 - 1991, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

1986 - 1988, HYDROLOGIST / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Dept. of Water Resources, Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona

1981 - 1986, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
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Associations and Committees

American Meteorological Association
American Geophysical Union
University of Arizona Committee on Global Change
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Research Interests

I use tree-ring data data to study the variability of climatic and hydrologic systems on time scales of decades to centuries. The spatial scale ranges from the small watershed to the continent. I hope that the research contributes to the ability of society to make intelligent choices in the management of its natural resources. Current research topics include streamflow variations in the Colorado River Basin, millennial time scale drought variations in western North America, and the variability of the Mexican monsoon. The development of new quantitative methods in general is a big part of my work. My collaborators include scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey office in Tucson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, the University of Arkansas, and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Funding for current projects comes from NSF, the State of Arizona, NOAA, and the Salt River Project.
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Publications (in chronological order)


Stockton, C.W., and Meko, D.M., 1975, A long-term history of drought occurrence in western United States as inferred from tree rings: Weatherwise, v. 28, no. 6, p. 245-249.

Meko, D.M., Stockton, C.W., and Boggess, W.R., 1980, A tree-ring reconstruction of drought in southern California: Water Resources Bulletin, v. 16, no. 4, p. 594-600.

Meko, 1981, Applications of Box-Jenkins Methods of time-series analysis to reconstruction of drought from tree rings, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona.

Stockton, C.W., and Meko, D.M., 1983, Drought recurrence in the Great Plains as reconstructed from long-term tree-ring records: J. of Climate and Applied Climatology, v. 22, no. 1, p. 17-29.

Meko, D.M., and Stockton, C.W., 1984, Secular variations in streamflow in the western United States: J. of Climate and Applied Meteorology, v. 23, no. 6, p. 889-897.

Stockton, C.W., Boggess, W.R., and Meko, D.M., 1985, Climate and tree rings, in Hecht, A.D., ed., Paleoclimate analysis and modeling: John Wiley & Sons, p. 71-150.

Meko, D.M., Stockton, C.W., and Blasing, T.J., 1985, Periodicity in tree rings from the corn belt: Science, v. 229, p. 381-384.

Meko, D.M., Hughes, M.K., and Stockton, C.W., 1991, Climate change and climate variability: The paleo record, in Managing Water Resources in the West under Conditions of Climate Uncertainty: National Academy Press, p. 71-100.

Meko, 1992, Dendroclimatic evidence from the Great Plains of the United States, in Bradley, R.S., and Jones, P.D., eds., Climate since A.D. 1500: London, Routledge, p. 312-330.

Meko, 1992, Spectral properties of tree-ring data in the United States Southwest as related to El Nino/Southern Oscillation, in Diaz, H.F., and Markgraf, V., eds., El Nino, Historical and Paleoclimatic Aspects of the Southern Oscillation: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 227-241.

Meko, Cook, E.R., Stahle, D.W., Stockton, C.W., and Hughes, M.K., 1993, Spatial patterns of tree-growth anomalies in the United States and southeastern Canada: J. of Climate, v. 6, p. 1773-1786.

Cook, E.R., Briffa, K.R., Meko, D.M., Graybill, D.A., and Funkhouser, G., 1995, The "segment length curse" in long tree-ring chronology development for palaeolclimatic studies: The Holocene, v. 5, no. 2, p. 229-237.

Meko, D.M., and Graybill, D.A., 1995, Tree-ring reconstruction of Upper Gila River discharge: Water Resources Bulletin, v. 31, no. 4, p. 605-616.

Meko, D. M., Stockton, C.W., and Boggess, W.R., 1995, The tree-ring record of severe sustained drought: Water Resources Bulletin, v. 31, no. 5, p. 789-801.

Dean, J.S., Meko, D.M., and Swetnam, T.W., editors, 1996, : Tree Rings, Environment and Humanity, Proceedings of the International Conference, 17-21 May, 1994: Tucson, Arizona, USA, Radiocarbon, p. 889 pp.

Cook, E.R., Meko, D.M., Stahle, D.W., and Cleaveland, M.K., 1996, Tree-ring reconstructions of past drought across the coterminous United States: Tests of a regression method and calibration/verification results, in Dean, J.S., Meko, D.M., and Swetnam, T.W., eds., Tree rings, environment and humanity: Tucson, Arizona, USA, Radiocarbon, p. 155-169.

Sieg, C.H., Meko, D.M., DeGaetano, A.D., and Ni, W., 1996, Dendroclimatic potential in the northern Great Plains, in Dean, J.S., Meko, D.M., and Swetnam, T.W., eds., Tree rings, environment and humanity; Proceedings of the International Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 17-21 May, 1994: Tucson, Radiocarbon, p. 295-302.

Cook, E.R., Meko, D.M., and Stockton, C.W., 1997, A new assessment of possible solar and lunar forcing of the bi-decadal drought rhythm in the western United States: Journal of Climate, v. 10, p. 1343-1356.

Meko, D.M., 1997, Dendroclimatic reconstruction with time varying subsets of tree indices: Journal of Climate, v. 10, p. 687-696.

Woodhouse, C. A., and Meko, D.M., 1997, Number of winter precipitation days reconstructed from southwestern tree rings: J. of Climate, v. 10, p. 2663-2669.

Dettinger, M.D., Cayan, D.R., Diaz, H.F., and Meko, D.M., 1998, North-south precipitation patterns in western North America on interannual-to-decadal timescales: Journal of Climate, v. 11, p. 3095-3111.

Touchan, R., Meko, D.M., and Hughes, M.K., 1999, A 396 year reconstruction of precipitation in southern Jordan: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 35, no. 1, p. 49-59.

Cook, E.R., Meko, D.M., Stahle, D.W., and Cleaveland, M.K., 1999, Drought reconstructions for the continental United States: J. of Climate, v. 12, p. 1145-1162.

Meko, D.M., Therrell, M.D., Baisan, C.H., and Hughes, M.K., 2001, Sacramento River flow reconstructed to A.D. 869 from tree rings: J. of the American Water Resources Association, v. 37, no. 4, p. 1029-1040.

Meko, D.M., and Baisan, C.H., 2001, Pilot study of latewood-width of confers as an indicator of variability of summer rainfall in the north American Monsoon region: International J. of Climatology, v. 21, p. 697-708

Meko, D.M., 2001, Reconstructed Sacramento River system runoff from tree rings, Report prepared for the California Department of Water Resources under agreement No. B81923-SAP # 4600000193: Tucson, Arizona, Available from: California Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Room 1601, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001.

Benson L., Kashgarian M., Rye R., Lund S., Paillet F., Smoot J., Kester C., Mensing S., Meko D. and Lindstrom S., 2002, Holocene multidecadal and multicentennial droughts affecting northern California and Nevada. Quaternary Science Reviews 21, 659-682.

Skirvin S. M., Marsh S. E., McClaran M. P. and Meko D. M., 2003, Climate Spatial Variability and Data Resolution in a Semi-Arid Watershed, Southeastern Arizona. Journal of Arid Environments 54(4), 667-686.

Cook E. R., Woodhouse C., Eakin C. M., Meko D. M. and Stahle D. W., 2004, Long-term aridity changes in the western United States. Science 306, 1015-1018.

Meko D. M. and Woodhouse C. A., (2005) Tree-ring footprint of joint hydrologic drought in Sacramento and Upper Colorado River Basins, western USA. J. of Hydrology 308, 196-213.

Meko D. M. (2006) Tree-ring inferences on water-level fluctuations of Lake Athabasca. Canadian Water Resources Journal 31(4), 229-248.

Meko D. M., Woodhouse C. A., Baisan C. H., Knight T., Lukas J. J., Hughes M. K. and Salzer M. W. (2007). Medieval drought in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Geophys. Res. Lett. 34(10, L10705), 10.1029/2007GL029988.

Shamir E., Meko D. M., Graham N. E. and Georgakakos K. P. (accepted). Hydrologic model for water resources planning in the Santa Cruz River, southern Arizona. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Meko D. M. and Woodhouse C. A. (in review). Dendroclimatology, dendrohydrology, and water resources management. In Dendroclimatology: progress and prospects (ed M. K. Hughes, T. W. Swetnam and H. F. Diaz). Springer.

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