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

Full CV (2021)


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


Regents Professor (June 2020 – present), School of Geography, Development, and Environment; Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research; and Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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

Interim Director (Jan. 2014 – May 2015), School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Associate Director (Aug. 2012-Mar. 2014), School of Geography and Development, 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


Woodhouse, C.A., R.M. Smith, S.A. McAfee, G.T. Pederson, G.J. McCabe, W.P. Miller, A. Csank. 2021. Upper Colorado River Basin 20th century droughts under 21st century warming: Plausible scenarios for the future. Climate Services 21,

Williams, A. P., K. J. Anchukaitis, C. A. Woodhouse, D. M. Meko, B. I. Cook, K. Bolles, E. R. Cook. 2020. Tree rings and observations suggest no stable cycles in Sierra Nevada cool‐season precipitation. Water Resources Research,

McCabe, G., D. Wolock, C.A. Woodhouse, G. Pederson, S. McAfee, S. Gray, A. Csank. 2020. Basin wide hydro-climatic drought in the Colorado River basin. Earth Interactions 24. 1–20.

Frederick, S.E. and C.A. Woodhouse. 2020. A Multi-Century Perspective on the Relative Influence of Seasonal Precipitation on Streamflow in the Missouri River Headwaters. Water Resources Research.

Martin, J.T., G.T. Pederson, C.A. Woodhouse and 16 co-authors. 2020. Increased drought severity tracks warming in the United States’ largest river basin. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS),

Woodhouse, C.A. and E.K. Wise. 2020. The Changing relationship between the upper and lower Missouri River basins during drought. International Journal of Climatology 1–18.

Stahle, D.W., E.R. Cook, D. J. Burnette, M. C.A. Torbenson, I. M. Howard, D. Griffin, J. Villanueva, B. I. Cook, P. A. Williams, E. Watson, D. Sauchyn, N. Pederson, C. A. Woodhouse, G. T. Pederson, D. Meko, B. Coulthard, C. J. Crawford. 2020. Dynamics, variability, and change in seasonal precipitation reconstructions for North America. Journal of Climate

Pendergrass, A.G., G.A. Meehl, R. Pulwarty, M. Hobbins, A. Hoell, A. AghaKouchak, C. J.W. Bonfils, A. J.E. Gallant, M. Hoerling, D. Hoffmann, L. Kaatz, F. Lehner, D. Llewellyn, P. Mote, R. Neale, J. T. Overpeck, A. Sheffield, K. Stahl, M. Svoboda, M.C. Wheeler, A. W. Wood, C. A. Woodhouse. 2020. Flash droughts: High impact events that present a new challenge for subseasonal to seasonal prediction. Nature Climate Change 10, 191–199.

Woodhouse, C.A., D.M. Meko, and E. Bigio. 2020. A long view of southern California water supply: perfect droughts revisited. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 56, 212-229.

Arizpe, A., D.A. Falk, C.A. Woodhouse, T.W. Swetnam. 2020. Widespread fire years in the US-Mexico sky islands are contingent on both winter and monsoon precipitation.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 29, 1072-1087.

Martin, J., Pederson, G.T., Woodhouse, C.A., Cook, E.R, McGuire, M., Broman, D., Lanini, J., et al. 2019. 1200 years of Upper Missouri River streamflow reconstructed from tree rings. Quaternary Science Reviews, 224, 105971.

Ravindranath, A., N. Devineni, U. Lall, E.R. Cook, G. Pederson, J. Martin, C.A. Woodhouse. 2019.  Streamflow Reconstruction in the Upper Missouri River Basin Using a Novel Bayesian Network Model. Water Resources Research. Doi: 10.1029/2019WR024901

Rao, M.P., E.R. Cook, B.I. Cook, J.G. Palmer, M. Uriart, N. Devineni, U. Lall, R.D. D’Arrigo, C.A. Woodhouse, M. Ahmed, 2018. Six centuries of Upper Indus Basin streamflow variability and its climatic drivers. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2018WR023080

Woodhouse, C. A. and G. T. Pederson, 2018. Investigating runoff efficiency in upper Colorado River streamflow over past centuries. Water Resources Research, 54,

Wise, E.K., C.A. Woodhouse, G.J. McCabe, G.T. Pederson, and J-M. St. Jacques. 2018. Hydroclimatology of the Missouri River basin. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 161-182, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-17-0155.1.

Hallett, L.M, T.L. Morelli, L. R. Gerber, M.A. Moritz, M. W. Schwartz, N.L. Stephenson, J. L. Tank, M.A. Williamson, C. A. Woodhouse. 2017. Navigating translational ecology: creating opportunities for scientist participation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15, 578–586, doi: 10.1002/fee.1734.

Schwartz, M.W., J.K. Hiers, F.W. Davis, G. M. Garfin, S.T Jackson, A.J. Terando, C.A. Woodhouse, T.L. Morelli, M.A. Williamson, M.W. Brunson. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce.   Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15, 587–596, doi: 10.1002/fee.1732.

Enquist, C.A.F, S.T. Jackson, G. M. Garfin, F.W. Davis, L.R. Gerber, J.A. Littell,J.L. Tank, A.J. Terando, T.U. Wall, B. Halpern, J.K. Hiers, T.L. Morelli, E. McNie, N.L. Stephenson, M.A. Williamson, C.A. Woodhouse, L. Yung, M.W. Brunson, K.R. Hall, L.M. Hallett, D.M. Lawson, M.A. Moritz, K. Nydick, A. Pairis, A.J. Ray, C. Regan, H.D. Safford, M.W. Schwartz, and M.R. Shaw. 2017. Foundations of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15, 541–550, doi: 10.1002/fee.1733.

McAfee, S.A., G.T. Pederson, C.A. Woodhouse, G. J. McCabe. 2017. Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin, Climate Services 8, 26-35,

McCabe, G., D. Wolock, G. Pederson, C. Woodhouse, and S. McAfee.  2017.  Evidence that recent  warming  is  reducing  upper  Colorado  River  Flows.  Earth Interactions, 21, 1-14, doi:10.1175/EI-D-17-0007.1.

Malevich, S.B. and C.A. Woodhouse.  2017. Pacific SSTs, mid-latitude atmospheric circulation, and widespread interannual anomalies in Western US streamflow. Geophysical Research Letters,  doi: 10.1002/2017GL073536.

Margolis, E. Q., C.A. Woodhouse, and T.W. Swetnam. 2017. Drought, multi-seasonal climate and wildfire in northern New Mexico. Climatic Change #, 1-14, doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-1958-4.

Wilding, T. and C.A. Woodhouse. 2017.  Assessing the potential of pinyon pine for climate reconstructions in eastern California. Tree-Ring Research 73, 11-12.

Bracken, C, B. Rajagopalan, C.A. Woodhouse. 2016.  A Bayesian hierarchical nonhomogeneous hidden Markov model for multisite streamflow reconstructions, Water Resour. Res., 52, 7837–7850, doi:10.1002/2016WR018887.

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. 2016. Three millennia of southwestern North American dustiness and future implications. PLoS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149573.



Woodhouse, C.A. 2020. Missouri River Drought: A Story of Two Basins. The National Judicial College, online seminar, The Emerging Megadrought: A Tale of Two River Basins, August 13, 2020*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2019. Practicing Collaborative Research. Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds Workshop, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 14, 2019*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2019. The Role of Dendrochronology in the 21st Century: Lessons Learned from Water Managers. Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Brown Bag Seminar, University of Arizona, November 6, 2019

Woodhouse, C.A. 2019. Missouri River Hydroclimatology Overview. Improving Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Precipitation Forecasting, Western States Water Council and California Department of Water Resources, San Diego CA, May 22-24, 2019*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2019. Tree-ring reconstructions of Colorado River streamflow: Drought and Implications for Power Generation. Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation International, Hydropower Conference, Tucson AZ, March 20, 2019*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2018. The Effects of Temperature on Colorado River Drought over Past Centuries Inferred from a Runoff Efficiency Reconstruction. When the Rain Stops: Drought on Subseasonal and Longer Timescales, Aspen Global Change Institute, Aspen CO, September 9-14, 2018*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2018. Using Tree Rings to Inform Water Resource Management.  2018 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium, University of California, Davis, CA, July 9, 2018*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2018. The Role of Dendrochronology in the 21st Century: Lessons Learned from Water Managers. Plenary, 10th World Dendro Conference, Thimphu, Bhutan, June 10-15, 2018*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2018. Southern California Perfect Drought: How Common? 10th World Dendro Conference, Thimphu, Bhutan, June 10-15, 2018

Woodhouse, C.A., G.T. Pederson, S. McAfee, G. McCabe, and K. Morino. 2018. Colorado River Runoff Efficiency: Placing the Instrumental Record in a Long-Term Context. Surviving Peak Drought and Temperature Workshop University of Arizona, March 29-30, 2018*

Woodhouse, D. Meko and E. Bigio. 2018. Where We’ve Been: Drought in the Southern California Paleo Record. Paleo Drought Workshop: Using the Past to Improve Drought Preparedness Now
April 19, 2018, San Pedro, CA*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2018. The impact of warming temperatures on Colorado River flow. Law of Colorado River Conference, CLE International, Tucson, AZ, Mar 2, 2018*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2017. Reconstructions of Paleo Droughts in Southern California. National Water Research Institute meeting, Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, CA, Dec 5, 2017*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2017. Making the Connection between Quaternary Science and Decision Making. 2017 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, Oct 22-25, 2017*

Woodhouse, C.A. 2017. Evaluating the influence of air temperature and soil moisture conditions on Colorado River streamflow. Colorado River Hydrology Research Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, May 22 – 23, 2017*

Woodhouse, C.A., S.E. Frederick, G.T. Pederson, E.K. Wise. 2017. Spatial and Temporal Variability in Upper Missouri River Basin Droughts and Pluvials. Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston, April 5-9, 2017

Woodhouse, C.A. and G.T. Pederson. 2016. Warm and Cool Droughts: The Influence of Temperature on Colorado River Flow, GC13E-1238. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 11-16, 2016

Woodhouse, C.A. 2016. Using the Paleoclimatic Data Record to Understand Historical Precipitation Patterns. Workshop on Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience. Long Beach CA, October 19, 2016.*

* = invited