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Submitted/In Review/In Revision

Martin-Benito, D.A., and N. Pederson. In revision. Convergence in drought stress, but divergence in heat stress, across a latitudinal gradient in a temperate broadleaf forest. Journal of Biogeography

Bishop, D., C.M. Beier, and N. Pederson. G.B. Lawrence, J. Stella, and T.J. Sullivan. In prep. Climatic and edaphic factors in regional growth decline of sugar maple (Acer saccharum).





Martin-Benito, D., N. Pederson, M. McDonald, B. Buckley, P. Krusic, K. Anchukaitis, R. D'Arrigo, L. Andreu-Hayles, and E. Cook. In press. with minor revision. Dendrochronological dating of the World Trade Center ship, Lower Manhattan, New York City. Tree Ring Research 70(2):65-77. DOI:

Riddle, J., N. Pederson, J. C. Stella, D. J. Leopold. 2014. Shifting climate sensitivity and contrasting growth trends in Juniperus species growing together at opposite range margins Tree Ring Research 70(2): 101-111. DOI: Student paper

Barclay, D.J., N. Pederson, and C.B. Griggs. 2014*. Preface: Tree-Ring Studies in New York State: Past and present [A Tree-Ring Research Special Issue]. Tree Ring Research 70(2): 61-64. * not peer reivew, but part of special edition above.

Pederson, N., J.M. Dyer, R. W. McEwan, A.E. Hessl, C. Mock, D. Orwig, H.E. Rieder, and B.I. Cook. 2014. The legacy of episodic climatic events in shaping broadleaf-dominated forests. Ecological Monographs DOI: 10.1890/13-1025.1. [Harvard Gazette] [] [Red Orbit]

Pederson, N., A.E. Hessl, B. Nachin, K.J. Anchukaitis, and N. Di Cosmo. 2014. Pluvials, droughts, the Mongol Empire, and modern Mongolia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 4375-4379; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1318677111. [NOAA/WDC Paleo archive meta] [NOAA/WDC Paleo archive] [Tree Ring Data Metadata file (PDF)] [Tree Ring Data (text file)] [scPDSI data (comma-delimited text)] [Climate Central coverage] [USA Today] [BBC Radio 1] [Minnesota Public Radio, Climate Cast] [Discover Magazine] [PNAS Cover]

Liang, E., B. Diwadi, N. Pederson, and D. Eckstein. 2014. Is the growth of birch at the upper timberline in the Himalayas limited by moisture or by temperature? Ecology DOI: 10.1890/13-1904.1.

Carbone, M.S., C.I. Czimczik, T.F. Keenan, P.F. Murakami, N. Pederson, P.G. Schaberg, X. Xu, A.D. Richardson. 2013. Age, allocation, and availability of nonstructural carbon in mature red maple trees. New Phytologist 200: 1145-1155.

McEwan, R. A., N. Pederson, A. Cooper, R. Watts, and A. Hruska. 2013. Fire and gap dynamics over 300 years in an old-growth temperate forest. Applied Vegetation Science.

Saladyga, T., A. Hessl, B. Nachin, and N. Pederson. 2013. Privatization, drought, and fire exclusion in the Tuul River watershed, Mongolia. Ecosystems 10.1007/s10021-013-9673-0. Student paper

Leland, C., N. Pederson, A. Hessl, B. Nachin, N. Davi, R. D. D'Arrigo, and G. Jacoby. 2013. A hydroclimatic regionalization of central Mongolia as inferred from tree rings. Dendrochronologia. Student paper

Druckenbrod, D.L., N. Pederson, J. Rentch, and E.R. Cook. 2013. A comparison of times series approaches for dendroecological reconstructions of past canopy disturbance events. Forest Ecology and Management 302: 23-33.

Douglas, D., D. Brown, and N. Pederson. 2013. Land snail diversity can reflect degrees of anthropogenic disturbance. Ecosphere 4:art28 DOI 10.1890/ES12-00361.1 Student paper

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. 2013. Recent trends in Inner Asian forest dynamics to temperature and precipitation indicate high sensitivity to climate change. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.12.006

Devineni, N., U. Lall, N. Pederson, and E.R. Cook. 2013. Delaware River Streamflow Reconstruction using Tree Rings: Exploration of Hierarchical Bayesian Regression. Journal of Climate DOI 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00675.1

Davi, N., N. Pederson, C. Leland, B. Nachin, B. Suran, and G. Jacoby. 2013. Is eastern Mongolia drying? A long-term perspective of a multi-decadal trend. Water Research Resources. DOI: 10.1029/2012WR011834 [Data from NOAA/WDC Paleo archive] [reconstructed data]

Pederson, N., A.R. Bell, E.R. Cook, U. Lall, N. Devineni, R. Seager, K. Eggleston and K.J. Vranes. 2013. Is an Epic Pluvial Masking the Water Insecurity of the Greater New York City Region? Journal of Climate 26: 1339-1354] [Data in the NOAA/WDC Paleo archive] [reconstructed data (comma-delimited text)] [Climate Central coverage] [Popular Mechanics] [Washington Post]

Hessl, A. and N. Pederson. 2013. Hemlock Legacy Project (HeLP): a paleoecological requiem for eastern hemlock Progress in Physical Geography 36: 1-16. DOI: 10.1177/0309133312469218. [Science Magazine's Science Now]

Li, Z., G. Liu, B. Fu, Q. Zhang, K. Ma, and N. Pederson. 2013. The growth-ring variations of alpine shrub Rhododendron przewalskii reflect regional climate signals in the alpine environment of Miyaluo Town in Western Sichuan Province, China. Acta Ecologica Sinica 33: 23-31.

Pederson, N., C. Leland, B. Nachin, A. Hessl, A.R. Bell, D. Martin-Benito, T. Saladyga, B. Suran, P.M. Brown, and N.K. Davi. 2013. Three Centuries of Shifting Hydroclimatic Regimes Across the Mongolian Breadbasket. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology [Galley proof online] [Data in the NOAA/WDC Paleo archive] [streamflow reconstruction in comma-delimited format]

Pederson, N., K. Tackett, R. W. McEwan, S. Clark, A. Cooper, G. Brosi, R. Eaton, and R. D. Stockwell. 2012. Long-term drought sensitivity of trees in second-growth forests in a humid region. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1837-1850. pdf

Esper, J., M. Nenz, and N. Pederson. 2012. Influence of wood harvest on tree-ring time-series of Picea abies in a temperate forest. Forest Ecology and Management [Direct link to pdf]

Seager, R., N. Pederson, Y. Kushnir, J. Nakamura, and S. Jurburg. 2012. The 1960s drought and the subsequent shift to a wetter climate in the Catskill Mountains region of the New York City watershed. Journal of Climate [Early view]

Sun, G., S. McLaughlin, J. Porter, J. Uddling, P.J. Mulholland, M.B. Adams, and N. Pederson. 2012. Interactive Influences of Ozone and Climate on Streamflow of Forested Watersheds. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02787.x [Link]

Pederson, N., A.R. Bell, T.A. Knight, C. Leland, N. Malcomb, K.J. Anchukaitis, K. Tackett, J. Scheff, A. Brice, B. Catron, W. Blozan, and J. Riddle. 2012. Long-term perspective on a modern drought in the American Southeast. Environmental Research Letters 7, 014034. [direct link] [Data from NOAA/WDC Paleo archive] [reconstructed data] [Env. Res. Web] [Scientific American] [Athens Banner-Herald]

Hessl, A.E., P. Brown, U. Ariya, O. Byambasuren, T. Green, G. Jacoby, E. Sutherland, B. Nachin, R. Maxwell, N. Pederson, L. De Grandpré, T. Saladyga, and J. C. Tardif. 2012. Reconstructing fire history in central Mongolia from tree-rings. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 21(1) 86-92.

De Grandpré, L., J.C. Tardif, A. Hessl, N. Pederson, F. Conciatori, T.R. Green, O. Byambasuren and B. Nachin. 2011. Seasonal shift in the climate responses of Pinus sibirica, Pinus sylvestris, and Larix sibirica trees from semi-arid, north-central Mongolia. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41:(6) 1242-1255.

Maxwell, R. Stockton, Edward R. Cook, Neil Pederson, and Amy E. Hessl. 2011. A multi-species tree-ring reconstruction of Potomac River streamflow (950-2001). Water Resources Research VOL. 47, W05512, 12 PP., doi:10.1029/2010WR010019.

Cook, E.R. and N. Pederson. 2011. Uncertainty, emergence, and statistics in dendrochronology. In M.K. Hughes, T.W. Swetnam, and H.F. Diaz (eds), Dendroclimatology: Progress and Prospects, Developments in Paleoecological Research 11: 77-112.

McEwan, R. W., J.M. Dyer and N. Pederson. 2011. Multiple interacting ecosystem drivers: toward an encompassing hypothesis of oak forest dynamics across eastern North America. Ecography 34: 244-256 doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06390.x :

N. Pederson. 2010. External characteristics of old trees in the Eastern Deciduous Forest. Natural Areas Journal 30(4): 396-407. pdf

Bhuta, A.R., L.M. Kennedy and N. Pederson. 2009. Climate-radial growth relationships of northern latitudinal range margin Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris P. Mill) in the Atlantic Coastal Plainof southeastern Virginia. Tree ring Research 65: 105-115. student paper

Black, B.A., J.J. Colbert and N. Pederson. 2008. Relationships between radial growth rates and lifespan within diverse tree species. Ecoscience 15(3): 349-357. featured paper: direct link

Pederson, N., J.M. Varner, and B.J. Palik. 2008. Canopy disturbance and tree recruitment over two centuries in a managed longleaf pine landscape. Forest Ecology and Management. 254: 85–95. pdf

Pederson, N., A.W. D'Amato and D.A. Orwig. 2007. Central hardwood natural history from dendrochronology: maximum ages of rarely studied species. Proceedings of the 15th Central Hardwood Conference. University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN. February 27–March 1, 2006. USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. e-General Technical Report SRS-101. pdf

Hopton, H.M. and N. Pederson. 2005. Climate sensitivity of Atlantic white-cedar at its northern range limit. Atlantic White Cedar: Ecology, Restoration and Management, Proceedings of the Arlington Echo Symposium. June 2-4 2003. Millersville, MD. USDA For. Ser. Gen. Tech. Rep. pdf student paper

Pederson, N., E.R. Cook, G.C. Jacoby, D.M. Peteet, and K.L. Griffin. 2004. The influence of winter temperatures on the annual radial growth of six northern-range-margin tree species. Dendrochronologia 22: 7-29. pdf

Jacoby, G., N. Pederson and R. D'Arrigo. 2003. Temperature and precipitation in Mongolia based on dendroclimatic investigations. Chinese Science Bulletin 48 (14): 1474-1479.

Pederson, N., G.C. Jacoby, R. D'Arrigo, B. Buckley, C. Dugarjav, and R. Mijiddorj. 2001. Hydrometeorological Reconstructions for Northeastern Mongolia Derived from Tree Rings: AD 1651-1995. Journal of Climate 14: 872-881. pdf

D'Arrigo, R., G. Jacoby, D. Frank and N. Pederson. 2001. Spatial response to major volcanic events on or about AD 536, 934 and 1258: frost rings and other dendrochronological evidence form Mongolia. Climatic Change 49: 239-246. link

D'Arrigo, R., G. Jacoby, D. Frank, N. Pederson, B. Buckley, B. Nachin, R. Mijiddorj and C. Dugarjav. 2001. 1738 years of Mongolian temperature variability inferred from a tree-ring width chronology of Siberian pine. Geophysical Research Letters 28: 543-546. link

D'Arrigo, R., G. Jacoby, N. Pederson, D. Frank, B. Buckley, B. Nachin, R. Mijiddorj and C. Dugarjav. 2000. Mongolian Tree Rings, Temperature Sensitivity and Reconstructions of Northern Hemisphere Temperature. The Holocene 10 (6): 669-672. link

Meldahl, R.S., N. Pederson, J.S. Kush, and J.M. Varner, III. 1999. Dendrochronological investigations of climate and competitive effects on longleaf pine growth. In R. Wimmer and R E Vetter (eds.) Tree Ring Analysis: Biological, Methodological and Environmental Aspects. CABI Publishing. Wallingford, UK. pp. 265-285.

Pederson, N., R.H. Jones, and R.R. Sharitz. 1997. Age structure of old-growth loblolly pine stands in a floodplain forest. Journey of theTorrey Botanical Society 124(2): 111-123. pdf

Palik, B.J., R.J. Mitchell, G. Houseal, and N. Pederson. 1997. Competitive effects of overstory structure and seedling response in a longleaf pine woodland ecosystem. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 27(9): 1458-1464.

Palik, B.J. and N. Pederson. 1996. Overstory mortality and canopy disturbances in longleaf pine ecosystems. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 26(11): 2035-2047. link


Proceedings Edited

Jacoby, G.C. and N. Pederson (eds.) 2001. Proceedings of the Meeting on Mongolian Paleoclimatology and Environmental Research, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, 113 p.

Selected Unrefereed Articles & Reports

Seim, A.M. S.D. Merry, N. Pederson and R.B. Atkinson. 2006. The effect of temperature on the growth of Atlantic white cedar in two mid-Atlantic national wildlife refuges. Hydrology and Management of Forested Wetlands Proceedings of the International Conference 8-12 April 2006Publication Date 8 April 2006 701P0406.

Pederson, N., J.S. Kush, R.S. Meldahl, and W.D. Boyer. 2000. Longleaf pine cone crops and climate: a possible link. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, February 1999. link

Pederson, N., L. Neel, and J. Kush. 1997. Ecosystem management ideas for the longleaf pine ecosystem. First Annual Meeting of the Longleaf Pine Alliance. September 1996. Mobile, AL. [begins on page 144 of this
pdf - warning: ~ 2MB].

Pederson, N., E. Everham, and J.M. Sahm. 1991. Natural disturbance simulation for the Luquillo Experimental Forest. In: Concern Toward Our Environment. J. McCloud, (ed.) Proceedings of the Computer Simulation Society.


Educational Outreach

Pederson, N. 2012. Tall Tree Tales: Meet the Beast of Broadleaf Longevity. In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2012.

Pederson, N. and Amy Hessl. 2011. Tall Tree Tales: Farewell, For Now, To a Loyal Arboreal Friend. In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Winter 2011.

Pederson, N., Bob Leverett, Will Blozan, Jess Riddle and Josh Kelly. 2011. Tall Tree Tales: Tulip-Poplar: Douglas-Fir of the East? In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2011.

Ryan McEwan and N. Pederson. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: FIRE!!! In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Winter 2010.

Pederson, N. and Ryan McEwan. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Those Magnolias. In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Fall 2010.

Ryan McEwan and N. Pederson. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Three odd and elegant denizens of the Bluegrass Region. In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2010.

Pederson, N. and Ryan McEwan. 2010. Tall Tree Tales: Characteristics of Old Trees. In: The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Spring 2010.

Pederson, N. 2009. Old Trees in the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky: November 2008. Bulletin of the Eastern Native Society. 4(1): 9-10. pdf

Pederson, N. 2009. Floracliff’s Old Trees: Rays of hope for the Inner Bluegrass Region. Newsletter of Floracliff Nature Sanctuary. Winter 2009.

Pederson, N. 2008. Ring width patterns of a chestnut oak (Quercus montana) from Lilley Cornett Woods, KY:
An example of accelerated growth in old trees across the eastern US - A brief overview of a sample for the paleoclimate exhibit of the American Museum of Natural History. In:
The Lady Slipper - newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society. Summer 2008.


A Horde of Data The Economist December 2012.

Roots of an Empire Science Magazine September 2012.

Attack of the Zombie Maples boingboing June 2012.

Recent droughts don't compare to those in past... Athens Banner-Herald June 2012.

Timelines in Timber: Inside a Tree-Ring Laboratory Climate Central May 2012.

The Search For The Oldest Living Thing In New York The Awl April 2012.

Reign Check Scientific American March 2012.

Tree Rings Indicate Atlantans Have Unsustainable Water Habits Scientific American March 2012.

Tree rings reveal past water woes for south-eastern US Environmental Research Web March 2012.

Rings and Worms Tell the Tale of a Shipwreck Found at Ground Zero [Slide Show] Scientific American June 2011.

Group Hunting Old-Growth Forests. Lexington Herald Leader July 2007. Image

Post Oaks in Pelham Bay Park. Mr. Bellers Neighborhood September 2004.

N.J. forest: Old, older, maybe oldest A thicket in Cumberland County may contain the Northeast's oldest trees. The Philadelphia Inquirer September 2002.

Scientists study climate change in Adirondacks. Albany Times Union September 2002.

Just Off the Expressway, Ancient New York; Remnants of Virgin Forests Still Stand, Even in the Bronx and Queens. The New York Times July 2002.

Face of the forest is changing. Glens Falls Post Star April 2002.



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