Daniel Griffin

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Research interests

I study the variability of past climate, contemporary climate change, and the climate-modulated coupling of ecosystem processes, often through the development and interpretation of high quality tree ring data. Work in my lab group is field-based, student centered, and highly collaborative. Our efforts have been supported by research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and other funding sources.

My current projects are focused on hydroclimate in California and the upper Midwest, and on developing sustainable technologies to achieve open science standards in dendrochronology. I participate in climate services for improved adaptation capacity, and have long been interested in catalyzing connections between field-based research and decision making in natural resources management.


  • GEOG1403: Biogeography
  • GEOG1403H: Honors Biogeography
  • GEOG3111: Geography of Minnesota
  • GEOG3421: Climatology
  • GEOG8980: Climate extremes and environmental change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, North American Monsoon Paleoclimatology From Tree Rings, University of Arizona

MA, University of Arkansas

BS, University of Arkansas

Research Interest Keywords

  • paleoclimatology
  • climate change
  • global change ecology
  • dendrochronology


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