Academic Biographical Sketch

Katherine (Katie) Hirschboeck is a retired emeritus faculty member in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and former chair of the Global Change Ph.D.Minor Graduate Interdisciplinary Program.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography, with a minor in Geology, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Her Ph.D. degree in Geosciences was awarded by the University of Arizona in 1985 and her dissertation examined the hydroclimatic causes of mixed distributions in Arizona flood records, linking them to climatic variability.  She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Oklahoma in 1984 and subsequently held a faculty position at Louisiana State University in the Department of Geography and Anthropology where she was tenured as an Associate Professor of Geography in 1990. In 1991, she joined the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona as an Associate Professor of Climatology and officially retired in May 2017.  She is still very active in a variety of science and outreach activities on campus and in the community.

 Katie held joint faculty appointments in the departments of  Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Geography and Development, and continues to maintain interdisciplinary ties with these units, as well as the Geosciences Department, Arid Lands Resource Sciences, and the Institute of the Environment

Katie's research has focused on the climatology and hydroclimatology of extreme events – especially floods, paleofloods, and droughts, including their meteorological and climatological causes and their long-term variability.  Her dendrochronology work has linked synoptic climatology and tree-ring responses to anomalous atmospheric circulation patterns.  Awards include the University of Arizona’s Provost Teaching Award, an editor's award from the American Meteorological Society, and the Association of American Geographer's Warren J. Nystrom Award for best dissertation.

Katie continues to be affiliated with many professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers (for whom she served as the Water Resources Specialty Group secretary/treasurer and chair); the American Quaternary Association (for whom she served as paleoclimatology councilor); the American Meteorological Society; American Geophysical Union; American Water Resources Association; the Geological Society of America; and the Tree-Ring Society.  She also served on the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Committee on Geography within the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the NAS's Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources.

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