Derek Schook

Postdoc, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU
Postdoc, Water Resources Division of the National Park Service

I use cottonwood trees to understand floodplain land surface processes and river discharge histories. Cottonwood age is a proxy for the age of the underlying land surface, and tree age distributions reveal rates of river migration. Therefore, we can compare recent changes to the centuries of changes that occurred before the modern era of intense human modification of river corridors, watersheds, and the atmosphere. Additionally, I use dendrochronology (tree ring science) to reconstruct river flows to gain a long-term perspective on the status of these ecosystems in the modern world.

Other Affiliations: 
Warner College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship