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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)        EcoRe3 Steering Committee
PAGES interests        EcoRe3, Forest Dynamics, Global Paleofire
Topics        Biogeochemical processes, Carbon cycle, Climate dynamics, Climate variability, Ecosystem processes, Fire, Forests, Human impacts & interactions, Monsoon, Water
Timescales        Anthropocene (last 100 years), Future projection, Holocene, Last millennia, Last glacial cycle, Observational period
Regions        Antarctic region, Arctic, Asia, Australasia, Mid-latitude Northern Hemisphere, North America
Archives        Documentary records, Instrumental records, Lake sediments, Loess, Peat, Tree rings
Sector        Academia / Education, Outreach/Communication, Research, Science management, Science policy
Discipline        (Micro)paleontology, (Paleo)climatology, (Paleo)ecology, Palynology, Sedimentology



Morris JL, Cottrell SP, Fettig CJ, Hansen WD, Sherriff R, Carter VA, Clear JL, Clement JM, DeRose RJ, Higuera PE, Hicke JA, Mattor K, Seddon AWR, Seppa H, Stednick J, Seybold SJ. (2018). Bark beetles as agents of change in social-ecological systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment DOI: 10.1002/fee.1754

Morris JL, Higuera PE, Haberle S, Whitlock C. (2017). Modern pollen from small hollows reflects Athrotaxis cupressoides density across a wildfire gradient in subalpine forests of the Central Plateau, Tasmania, Australia. The Holocene DOI: 10.1177/0959683617702228

Morris JL, Cottrell SP, Fettig CJ, Hansen WD, Sherriff R, Carter VA, Clear JL, Clement JM, DeRose RJ, Higuera PE, Hicke JA, Mattor K, Seddon AWR, Seppa H, Stednick J, Seybold SJ. (2017). Bark beetle impacts on social-ecological systems: Priority questions to inspire future research. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 750-760.

Carter VA, Power MJ, Lundeen Z, Morris JL, Petersen KL, Brunelle A, Anderson RS, Shinker JJ, Koll R, Turney L, Bartlein P. (2017). Regional synthesis of fire activity along latitudinal and elevational gradients in the U.S. Rocky Mountains during the last 1500 years. Quaternary International DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.051

Kranabetter JM, McLauchlan KK, Enders S, Fraterrigo J, Higuera PE, Morris JL, Rastetter E, Barnes R, Buma B, Gavin DG, Gerhart L, Gillson L, Hietz P, Mack MC, McNeil B, Perakis SS (2016). A framework to assess biogeochemical responses to ecosystem disturbance using nutrient partitioning ratios. Ecosystems 19: 378–395.

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.