University of St Andrews
 
 
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Dr Robert Wilson

Senior Lecturer


 

Degrees and positions

  • BSc (hons) degree in Geology (Durham University, UK - 1992)
  • Graduate (hons) diploma (Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS), University of Tasmania, Australia - 1993)
  • MSc in Environmental Science (University of Western Ontario, Canada - 1999)
  • PhD in Environmental Science (University of Western Ontario, Canada - 2003)
  • PDRA (University of Edinburgh - 2003 to 2007)
  • Adjunct Associate Research Scientist (Tree-Ring Laboratory, Columbia University, USA - 2006 to present)
  • Lecture in Physical Geography (University of St Andrews - 2007 to 2011)
  • Senior Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of St Andrews - 2011 to present)

My research focus and passion is dendrochronology (tree-ring science) with specific emphasis on the reconstruction and understanding of climate for the last 1000-2000 years. Historical and ecological analyses are also important aspects of the research undertaken in my laboratory. I have also worked with other annually resolved proxy archives such as corals and historical documents to target other regions (e.g. the tropics) and seasons (e.g. winter) which cannot normally be examined using tree-ring data. Since arriving at St Andrews I have set up a modest tree-ring laboratory. More information can be found here: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~rjsw/TRL/.

Current supervised PhDs:

Milos Rydval, Cheryl Wood, Christopher Sargeant.

Rob Wilson

Supervisor for

Research overview

Late Holocene palaeoclimatology using tree-rings. Have also worked with historical and coral archives.

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463914
  • Scottish Oceans Institute

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  • St Andrews Sustainability Institute

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  • Geography & Sustainable Development

    1/04/11 to 31/07/11

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463914
  • School of Geography and Geosciences

    1/10/07 to 31/03/11

    School of Geography and

    Geosciences

    Irvine Building

    St Andrews

    KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 463914

 

Recent Publications

Singer, MB , Sargeant, C, Piegay, H, Riquier, J , Wilson, R & Evans, CM 2014, ' Floodplain ecohydrology: climatic, anthropogenic, and local physical controls on partitioning of water sources to riparian trees ' Water Resources Research .
Cunningham, LK , Austin, WEN , Knudsen, KL, Eiriksson, J, Scourse, JD, Wanamaker, AD, Butler, PG , Cage, AG , Richter, T, Husum, K, Hald, M, Andersson, C, Zorita, E, Linderholm, HW, Gunnarson, BE, Sicre, M-A, Sejrup, HP, Jiang, H & Wilson, RJS 2013, ' Reconstructions of surface ocean conditions from the northeast Atlantic and Nordic seas during the last millennium ' The Holocene , vol 23, no. 7, pp. 921-935.
Cooper, RJ, Melvin, TM, Tyers, I , Wilson, R & Briffa, KR 2013, ' A tree-ring reconstruction of East Anglian (UK) hydroclimate variability over the last millennium ' Climate Dynamics , vol 40, no. 3-4, pp. 1019-1039.
Singer, MB , Stella, J, Piegay, H, Dufour, S , Wilson, R & Johnstone, L 2013, ' Contrasting water-uptake and growth responses to drought in co-occurring riparian tree species ' Ecohydrology , vol 6, no. 3, pp. 402.
Anchukaitis, KJ, Breitenmoser, P, Briffa, KR, Buchwal, A, Buentgen, U, Cook, ER, D'Arrigo, RD, Esper, J, Evans, MN, Frank, D, Grudd, H, Gunnarson, BE, Hughes, MK, Kirdyanov, AV, Koerner, C, Krusic, PJ, Luckman, B, Melvin, TM, Salzer, MW, Shashkin, AV, Timmreck, C, Vaganov, EA & Wilson, RJS 2012, ' Tree rings and volcanic cooling ' Nature Geoscience , vol 5, no. 12, pp. 836-837.
Esper, J, Frank, DC, Timonen, M, Zorita, E , Wilson, R , Luterbacher, J, Holzkämper, S, Fischer, N, Wagner, S, Nievergelt, D, Verstege, A & Büntgen, U 2012, ' Orbital forcing of tree-ring data ' Nature Climate Change , vol 2, no. 12, pp. 862-866.
Okumura, Y, Schneider, D, Deser, C & Wilson, R 2012, ' Decadal-interdecadal climate variability over Antarctica and linkages to the Tropics: analysis of ice core, instrumental, and tropical proxy data ' Journal of Climate , vol 25, no. 21, pp. 7421–7441.
Wilson, R , Loader, NJ, Rydval, M, Patton, H, Frith, A , Mills, CM , Crone, A, Edwards, C, Larsson, L & Gunnarson, BE 2012, ' Reconstructing Holocene climate from tree rings: The potential for a long chronology from the Scottish Highlands ' The Holocene , vol 22, no. 1, pp. 3-11.
Wilson, R & Bates, CR 2012, ' Lake sonar surveys and the search for sub-fossil wood ' Dendrochronologia , vol 30, no. 1, pp. 61-65.
Kiss, A , Wilson, R & Bariska, I 2011, ' An experimental 392-year documentary-based multi-proxy (vine and grain) reconstruction of May-July temperatures for KAszeg, West-Hungary ' International journal of biometeorology , vol 55, no. 4, pp. 595-611.
Dobrovolny, P, Moberg, A, Brazdil, R, Pfister, C, Glaser, R , Wilson, R , van Engelen, A, Limanowka, D, Kiss, A, Halickova, M, Mackova, J, Riemann, D, Luterbacher, J & Boehm, R 2010, ' Monthly, seasonal and annual temperature reconstructions for Central Europe derived from documentary evidence and instrumental records since AD 1500 ' CLIMATIC CHANGE , vol 101, no. 1-2, pp. 69-107.
Luterbacher, J, Koenig, SJ, Franke, J, van der Schrier, G, Zorita, E, Moberg, A, Jacobeit, J, Della-Marta, PM, Kuettel, M, Xoplaki, E, Wheeler, D, Rutishauser, T, Stoessel, M, Wanner, H, Brazdil, R, Dobrovolny, P, Camuffo, D, Bertolin, C, van Engelen, A, Gonzalez-Rouco, FJ , Wilson, R , Pfister, C, Limanowka, D, Nordli, O, Leijonhufvud, L, Soderberg, J, Allan, R, Barriendos, M, Glaser, R, Riemann, D, Hao, Z & Zerefos, CS 2010, ' Circulation dynamics and its influence on European and Mediterranean January-April climate over the past half millennium: results and insights from instrumental data, documentary evidence and coupled climate models ' CLIMATIC CHANGE , vol 101, no. 1-2, pp. 201-234.
Zorita, E, Moberg, A, Leijonhufvud, L , Wilson, R , Brazdil, R, Dobrovolny, P, Luterbacher, J, Boehm, R, Pfister, C, Riemann, D, Glaser, R, Soderberg, J & Gonzalez-Rouco, F 2010, ' European temperature records of the past five centuries based on documentary/instrumental information compared to climate simulations ' CLIMATIC CHANGE , vol 101, no. 1-2, pp. 143-168.
Leijonhufvud, L , Wilson, R , Moberg, A, Soderberg, J, Retso, D & Soderlind, U 2010, ' Five centuries of Stockholm winter/spring temperatures reconstructed from documentary evidence and instrumental observations ' CLIMATIC CHANGE , vol 101, no. 1-2, pp. 109-141.
Fish, T , Wilson, R , Edwards, C , Mills, C , Crone, A, Kirchhefer, AJ, Linderholm, HW, Loader, NJ & Woodley, E 2010, ' Exploring for senescence signals in native scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in the Scottish Highlands ' FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT , vol 260, no. 3, pp. 321-330.
Stott, KJ , Austin, WEN , Sayer, MDJ, Weidman, CR , Cage, AG & Wilson, RJS 2010, ' The potential of Arctica islandica growth records to reconstruct coastal climate in north west Scotland, UK ' Quaternary Science Reviews , vol 29, no. 13-14, pp. 1602-1613.
Wilson, R , Cook, E, D'Arrigo, R, Riedwyl, N, Evans, MN, Tudhope, A & Allan, R 2010, ' Reconstructing ENSO: the influence of method, proxy data, climate forcing and teleconnections ' Journal of Quaternary Science , vol 25, no. 1, pp. 62-78.
Frank, D, Esper, J, Zorita, E & Wilson, R 2010, ' A noodle, hockey stick, and spaghetti plate: a perspective on high-resolution paleoclimatology ' Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change , vol 1, no. 4, pp. 507-516.
Buentgen, U, Franke, J, Frank, D , Wilson, R , Gonzalez-Rouco, F & Esper, J 2010, ' Assessing the spatial signature of European climate reconstructions ' Climate Research , vol 41, no. 2, pp. 125-130.
D'Arrigo, R , Wilson, R & Tudhope, A 2009, ' The impact of volcanic forcing on tropical temperatures during the past four centuries ' Nature Geoscience , vol 2, no. 1, pp. 51-56.