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Carol Griggs

Senior Research Associate (retired)

Tel. (Lab): 607-255-8650

New York State and NE North American Dendrochronology Project


  • Ph.D. - Geological Sciences - Cornell University 2006.
  • M.S. - Quaternary Studies - University of Maine at Orono, 1983.
  • A.B. - Anthropology and Archaeology - Cornell University, 1977

Previous Positions

  • Lab Manager and Research Support Specialist, Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, 2009-2012.
  • American Association of University Women Publication Grant, 2010.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, 2006-2008.
  • Teaching Assistantships, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 2004-2005.
  • Research Support Specialist, Cornell University, 1998-2003.
  • Fellow of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, Cornell University, 1990-1992
  • Research Support Specialist, Cornell University, 1986-1992.
  • Research Aide, Cornell University, 1977-1979.

Research Interests

  • Spatial and temporal change in the paleoclimate patterns from Late Glacial through the Holocene, particularly the interconnections between variations in solar activity and thermohaline circulation, and their effects on the terrestrial environment during the Late Glacial chronozone
  • Dendroclimatology and dendroecology in any time phase and location.
  • Using modern tree-ring data to test dendroclimatological methods and the accuracy of interpreting paleoclimate proxy data; how to correctly interpret regional tree-ring chronologies as evidence or non-evidence of long-term climate change plus the influence of abrupt events
  • Dating historic buildings and other wooden structures, artifacts, and events over time.

All dendrochronological research has relevance to the effect of climate change on human history, and will help understand and assess future change and its causality.

Selected Publications

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