School of Geography and Development
ENR2 Building, Room S526, University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona USA 85721-0076
Phone: 520-626-0235; email:; fax: 520-621-2889

Full CV


Ph.D. (December 1996) Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
MS (March 1989) Department of Geography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
BA (May 1979) Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona


Professor (May 2013 - present), School of Geography and Development, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Associate Professor (Jan. 2007 - Apr. 2013), School of Geography and Development, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Physical Scientist (Apr. 2000-Dec. 2006), Paleoclimatology Branch, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Boulder, CO

Research Scientist III, Fellow (Mar. 2004-Dec. 2006), Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Feb. 2001-Dec. 2006), Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Faculty Affiliate (2004-2008), Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Research Scientist II (Mar. 1999-Mar. 2004), Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder

Visiting Scientist (May 1998-Apr. 2000), Paleoclimatology Program, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, CO

Research Scientist I (Jul. 1997-Feb. 1999), Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder

National Research Council Associate (Jan. 1997- Apr. 1998), Paleoclimatology Program, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder


Routson, C.C., C.A. Woodhouse, J.T. Overpeck, J.L. Betancourt, N.P. McKay. 2016. Teleconnected ocean forcing of western North American droughts and pluvials during the last millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews 146, 238-250.

Littell, J.S., G.T. Pederson, S.T. Gray, M. Tjoelker, A.F. Hamlet, C.A. Woodhouse.  2016. Reconstructions of Columbia River streamflow from tree ring chronologies in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 1-21. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12442.

Woodhouse, C.A., G.T. Pederson, K. Morino, S.A. McAfee, G.J. McCabe. 2016. Increasing influence of air temperature on upper Colorado River Streamflow. Geophysical Research Letters 43, doi:10.1002/2015GL067613.

Routson, C.C., J.T. Overpeck, C.A. Woodhouse, W.F. Kenney. Accepted. Three millennia of southwestern North American dustiness and future implications. PLoS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149573.

Gandopadhyah, S. G. McCabe, and C.A. Woodhouse. 2015. Beyond annual streamflow reconstructions for the Upper Colorado River Basin: A paleo-water-balance approach. Water Resources Research  51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017283

Barger, N.N. and C.A. Woodhouse, 2015. Piñon pine (Pinus edulis Engelm.) growth responses
to climate and substrate in southern Utah, U.S.A.. Plant Ecology doi: 10.1007/s11258-015-0478-4.

Meko, D.M., , R. Touchan, J. Villanueva Diaz, Griffin, D.,  C.A. Woodhouse,  C.L. Castro, C. Carillo,  S.W. Leavitt. 2013. Sierra San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, cool-season precipitation reconstructed from earlywood width of Abies concolor tree rings. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 118, 1-14, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002408.

Ciancarelli, B., C.L. Castro, C.A. Woodhouse, F. Dominguez, H-I. Chang, C. Carrillo, and D. Griffin.2013. Dominant patterns of U.S. warm season precipitation variability in a fine resolution observational record, with focus on the Southwest.  International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.3716.

Malevich, S.B., C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko. 2013. Tree-ring reconstructed hydroclimate of the Upper Klamath basin. Journal of Hydrology,

Woodhouse, C.A., D.M. Meko, D. Griffin, and C.L. Castro. 2013. Tree Rings reveal multi-season drought variability in the lower Rio Grande basin, USA. Water Resources Research 49, 1-7. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20098.

Griffin, D., C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko, D.W. Stahle, H.L. Faultich, C. Carillo, R. Touchan, C.L. Castro, S.W. Leavitt. 2013. A paleoclimate regime of concurrent cool-season and monsoon drought in the Southwest. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 1-5. doi:10.1002/grl.50184.

Williams, A.P., C. D. Allen, A. K. Macalady, D. Griffin, C. A. Woodhouse, D. M. Meko, T. W. Swetnam, S. A. Rauscher, R. Seager, H. D. Grissino-Mayer, J. S. Dean, E. R. Cook, C. Gangodagamage, M. Cai, N. G. McDowell, 2012. Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest drought stress and tree mortality. Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1693.

Faulstich, H.L., C.A. Woodhouse, and R. Griffin. 2012. Reconstructed cool- and warm-season precipitation over the tribal lands of northeastern Arizona. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0626-y.

Kariyeva, J., W.D.J. van Leeuwen, and C.A. Woodhouse. 2012. Impacts of climate gradients on the vegetation phenology of major land use types in Central Asia (1981–2008). Frontiers of Earth Science 6, 206–225, doi 10.1007/s11707-012-0315-1.

Woodhouse, C.A., D.W. Stahle, and J. Villanueva-Díaz. 2012. Rio Grande and Rio Conchos Water Supply Variability from Instrumental and Paleoclimatic Records. Climate Research, 51, 147-158.

Routson, C.C, C.A. Woodhouse, and J.T. Overpeck. 2011. Second century megadrought in the Rio Grande headwaters,Colorado: How unusual was medieval drought? Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2011GL050015.

Griffin, D., D.M. Meko, R. Touchan, S.W. Leavitt, C.A. Woodhouse. 2011. Latewood chronology development for summer-moisture reconstruction in the U.S. Southwest. Tree-Ring Research 67, 87-101.

Pederson, G.T.,S. T. Gray, C. A. Woodhouse, J. L. Betancourt, D. B. Fagre, J.S. Littell, E. Watson, B. H. Luckman, L. J. Graumlich. 2011. Evidence from tree rings highlights the unusual nature of recent snowpack declines. Science 333, 332-335. DOI: 10.1126/science.1201570

Gray, S.T., J.J. Lukas, C.A. Woodhouse. 2011. Millennial-length records of streamflow from three major upper Colorado River tributaries. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00535.x.

Woodhouse, C.A., G.T. Pederson, and S.T. Gray. 2011. An 1800-year record of decadal-scale hydroclimatic variability in the Upper Arkansas River basin from bristlecone pine. Quaternary Research. 75, 483-490. doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2010.12.007

Pederson, G.T., S.T. Gray, T. Ault, W. Marsh, D.B. Fagre, A.G. Bunn, C.A. Woodhouse, L.G. Graumlich. 2011. Climatic controls on the snowmelt hydrology of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Journal of Climate 24, 1666-1687.

Meko, D.M. and C.A. Woodhouse, 2011. Dendroclimatology, dendrohydrology, and water resources management, In: Tree Rings and Climate: Progress and Prospects (eds. M.K. Hughes, T.W. Swetnam, H.F. Diaz). Springer, pp. 231-261.

Meko, D.M. C.A. Woodhouse, and K. Morino. 2010. Dendrochronology and links to streamflow. Journal of Hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.11.041

Leavitt, S.W., C.A. Woodhouse, C.L. Castro, W.E. Wright, D.M. Meko, R. Touchan, D. Griffin and B. Ciancarelli, 2010. The North American Monsoon in the U.S. Southwest: potential for investigation with tree-ring carbon isotopes. Quaternary International 235, 101-107

Kay, M.W., C.A. Woodhouse, and S.T. Jackson. 2010. Persistence and expansion of ponderosa pine woodlands in the west-central Great Plains during the past two centuries. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02327.x

Banner, J.L., C.S. Jackson, L. Yang, K. Hayhoe, C. Woodhouse, L. Gulden, K. Jacobs, G. North, R. Leung, and W. Washington. 2010. Climate change impacts on Texas water. Texas Water Journal 1, 1-19.

Touchan, R., C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko, C.D. Allen. 2010. Millennial Precipitation Reconstruction for the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Reveals Changing Drought Signal. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2117

Woodhouse, C.A., D.M. Meko, G. M, MacDonald, D. W. Stahle, and E. R. Cook. 2010. A 1200-year perspective on the 21st century drought in southwestern North America. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), 107, 21283-21288.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS, Conferences, workshops (2012-2015)

Woodhouse, C.A. Effects of Climate on Colorado River Flow: The influence of temperature on streamflow and drought. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) Member Conference, Midway, UT, Aug. 16, 2016.*

Woodhouse, C.A. Use-Inspired Hydroclimatic Research in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Biennial Conference of Science & Management on the Colorado Plateau & Southwest Region, Flagstaff, AZ, October 6, 2015.*

Woodhouse, C.A., D. B. Ferguson, and J.L. Rice. Some Practical Guidelines for Science/Decision-Making Collaborations. 2015 UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Annual Conference, Henderson, NV, June 16-18, 2015*

Woodhouse, C.A. Paleodroughts: Analogues for the Future? New Mexico Geological Society Annual Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, April 24, 2015. Keynote*

Woodhouse, C.A. Drought Planning: The Long-Term Context. 2015 U.S. Drought Monitor Forum, Desert Research Institute, Western Regional Climate Center, April 14-16, 2015. Keynote*

Woodhouse, C.A. G.T. Pederson, K. Morino, and G. McCabe. Investigating the role of temperature in mediating relationships between cool season precipitation and water year streamflow in the Upper Colorado River basin. Pacific Climate (PACLIM) Meeting, Pacific Grove, CA, March 8-11, 2015.

Woodhouse, C.A. Connecting Environmental Science and Decision Making (CESD) – a Graduate Certificate Program. Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment PI Meeting, Charleston, SC. Jan 15-17, 2015.

Woodhouse, C.A., S. McAfee, G. McCabe, P. Miller, G. Pederson.  Evaluating the Influence of Precipitation, Temperature, and Soil Moisture on Upper Colorado River Basin Streamflow and Drought. H31M-07. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 15-19, 2014.

Woodhouse, C.A. Collaborative Research on Upper Colorado River Basin Streamflow and Drought.  Association of Pacific Coast Geographers meeting, Tucson, AZ. Sept. 24-27, 2014.

Woodhouse, C.A., S.B. Malevich, D.M. Meko, and S. Gangopadhyay. Tree-ring reconstruction of the Klamath River.  AMQUA 23rd Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA. August 7-9, 2014

Woodhouse, C.A. Great Plains Droughts in a Long-Term Context: The Tree-Ring Perspective. 40th Annual Great Plains Symposium, Lincoln, NE. April 1-4, 2014.*

Woodhouse, C.A., R.L. Brice, M.A. Crimmins, H.L Faulstich, D. Griffin, D.B. Ferguson, A.M. Meadow. Three-Season Hydroclimatic Variability from Tree Rings in the Four Corners Region, USA. AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 12, 2014.

Woodhouse, C.A. S.B. Malevich, D.M. Meko, and S. Gangopadhyay. Klamath River Reconstruction: Strategies for Dealing with Uncertainty in Calibration DataTree-ring reconstruction of the Klamath River. GC11A-0957, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 9-13, 2013

Woodhouse, C.A., S.B. Malevich, D.M. Meko, and S. Gangopadhyay. Klamath River Streamflow Reconstructed from Tree Rings:  Extracting Meaningful Information from Imperfect Data. Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, Portland, OR, Sept. 5-6, 2013.

Woodhouse, C.A., A Paleoclimatic Perspective on Water Resource Vulnerability in the Western US. ACCWW Symposium Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, May 19-23, 2013.*

Woodhouse, C.A.,  D. Griffin, H.L., Faulstich, and C.L. Castro. Regional Patterns of Cool Season and Monsoon Precipitation in the Southwestern US over the Past Four Centuries, GC046, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 5-9, 2012.*

Woodhouse, C.A.,  D. Griffin, H.L., Faulstich, and T.W. Swetnam. Southwestern US Seasonal Precipitation and Fire Occurrence from Tree Rings, GC049, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 5-9, 2012.

Woodhouse, C.A., D.M. Meko, D. Griffin, C.L. Castro. Streamflow and Monsoon Reconstructions for the Lower Rio Grande Basin, USA. Mountain Climate (MtnClim) meeting, Estes Park, CO, Sept. 1-4, 2012.

Woodhouse, C.A., A Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences. Panel, The Future of Hydrological Sciences: Arizona and Beyond, 2012 AHS Annual Water Symposium
September 18-21, 2012.*

Woodhouse, C.A. North American Monsoon Project. Southwest Climate Workshop, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Jemez Springs NM, Sept. 6, 2012.

Woodhouse, C.A., J.L. Rice, and D. Ferguson. Linking Environmental Research and Practice through Collaboration. Universities Council on Water Resources Annual  Conference, Santa Fe, NM. July 17-19, 2012*

Woodhouse, C.A., D. Griffin, and G. Pederson. From Monsoon to Snowpack: Hydroclimatic Variability in Western North America from Tree Rings. American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting, Duluth, MN, June 21-24, 2012.*

Woodhouse, C.A. How Can Paleoenvironmental Data Inform Adaptation? Tree Rings, Drought, and Water Resources. Adaptation Futures: 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptations, Tucson, AZ, May 29-31, 2012.

* = invited