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Dr. Jesse Morris

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
University of Utah
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Room 270
84112 Salt Lake City

Expertise & Interests


Official PAGES function(s)        Forest Dynamics Steering Group
PAGES interests        Arctic2k, Varves WG, Forest Dynamics, Global Paleofire
Topics        Biogeochemical processes, Human impacts & interactions, Carbon cycle, Climate dynamics, Water, Climate variability, Monsoon, Ecosystem processes, Fire, Forests
Timescales        Anthropocene (last 100 years), Future projection, Observational period, Holocene, Last millennia, Last glacial cycle
Regions        Mid-latitude Northern Hemisphere, Antarctic region, Arctic, North America, Asia, Australasia
Archives        Loess, Documentary records, Peat, Instrumental records, Tree rings, Lake sediments
Sector        Academia / Education, Research, Science management, Science policy, Outreach/Communication
Discipline        (Micro)paleontology, (Paleo)climatology, (Paleo)ecology, Palynology, Sedimentology



Morris JL, KK McLauchlan, & PE Higuera (2015). Sensitivity and complacency of sedimentary biogeochemical records to landscape disturbances. Earth-Science Reviews 148: 121–133.

Morris JL, RJ DeRose, & AR Brunelle (2015). Long-term perspectives on landscape change from a subalpine forest in central Utah, USA. Forest Ecosystems 2: 1–12.

Morris JL, M Väliranta, Ü Sillasoo, ES Tuittila, & A Korhola (2015). Re-evaluation of Late Holocene fire histories from three boreal bogs suggest a linkage between bog fires and climate. Boreas 44: 60–67.

Kranabetter JM, KK McLauchlan, S Enders, J Fraterrigo, PE Higuera, JL Morris, E Rastetter, R Barnes, B Buma, DG Gavin, L Gerhart, L Gillson, P Hietz, MC Mack, B McNeil, & SS Perakis (2015). A framework to assess biogeochemical response to ecosystem disturbance using nutrient partitioning ratios. Ecosystems: doi:10.1007/s10021-015-9934-1.

Morris JL, CJ Courtney-Mustaphi, VA Carter, J Watt, K Derr, MFJ Pisaric, RS Anderson, & AR Brunelle (2015). Do bark beetle remains in lake sediments correspond to severe outbreaks? A review of published & ongoing work. Quaternary International 378: 74–86.

Seddon AWR, AW MacKay, AG Baker, HJB Birks, E Breman, CE Buck, EC Ellis, CA Froyd, J Gill, L Gillson, EA Johnson, VJ Jones, S Juggins, M Macias-Fauria, K Mills, JL Morris, D Noguès-Bravo, SW Punyasena, TP Roland, AJ Tanentzap, KJ Willis, & the Palaeo50 Working Group (2014). Identification of fifty priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology 102: 256–267.

Morris JL, JR Mueller, A Nurse, CJ Long, & KK McLauchlan (2014). Holocene fire regimes, vegetation, and biogeochemistry of an ecotone site in the Great Lakes Region of North America. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 1450–464.

McLauchlan KK, PE Higuera, DG Gavin, SS Perakis, MC Mack, H Alexander, J Battles, F Biondi, B Buma, D Colombaroli, S Enders, DR Engstrom, FS Hu, JR Marlon, J Marshall, M McGlone, JL Morris, LE Nave, BN Shuman, E Smithwick, DH Urrego, DA Wardle, CJ Williams, & JJ Williams (2014). Reconstructing disturbances and their biogeochemical consequences over multiple timescales. BioScience 64: 105–116.

Morris JL (2013). Using lake sediment records to reconstruct bark beetle disturbances in western North America. Frontiers of Biogeography 5: 219–226.

Morris JL, PC le Roux, AN Macharia, AR Brunelle, EG Hebertson, & Z Lundeen (2013). Organic, elemental, and geochemical contributions to lake sediment deposits during severe spruce beetle disturbances. Forest Ecology and Management 289: 78–89.

Fang K, JL Morris, JS Solonen, PA Miller, H Renssen, MT Sykes, & H Seppä (2013). Comparison of proxy reconstructions and model simulations of Arctic treeline dynamics in Fennoscandia and European Russia. Journal of Quaternary Science 28: 595–604.

Morris JL, AR Brunelle, RJ DeRose, H Seppä, MJ Power, VA Carter, & R Bares (2013). Using quantitative fire regime zones on a high-resolution lake sediment record from western North America. Quaternary Research 79: 24–36.

Morris JL, AR Brunelle, AS Munson, J Spencer, & MJ Power (2013). Holocene vegetation and disturbance reconstructions from the Aquarius Plateau, Utah, USA. Quaternary International 310: 111–123.

Davis BAS, JO Kaplan, T Giesecke, H Sepp?, S Brewer, ... JL Morris, et al. (2013). The European modern pollen database project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 22: 521–530.

Morris JL & AR Brunelle (2012). Pollen accumulation in lake sediments during historic spruce beetle disturbances in subalpine forests of southern Utah, USA. The Holocene 22: 961–974.

Morris JL, AR Brunelle, & AS Munson (2010). Pollen evidence of late Holocene disturbance on the Wasatch Plateau, UT. Western North American Naturalist 70: 175–188.