Glen                           MacDonald

Glen MacDonald

Distinguished Professor

email:   macdonal@geog.ucla.edu
phone:  (310) 825-2568
office:  WH 24-188



Recent Courses

ENVIRON M130 | GEOG M131 - Environmental Change
GEOG 131 - Environmental Change
GEOG 215 - Quaternary Studies: Physical Aspects


Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between climatic variations and vegetation response at different spatial and temporal scales. I use fossil pollen, fossil stomates, plant macrofossils, tree-rings, geochemistry and historical records to reconstruct past climate variation and then examine vegetation changes caused by these variations. My lab facilities are relatively extensive and consist of four rooms with full facilities for pollen and plant macrofossil processing and analysis, tree-ring analysis and elementary sedimentological analysis. Field equipment includes livingstone and hiller sediment corers, tree-ring corers and chainsaws, GPS, radios, and misc. field camp supplies. Areas of active field research include the northern Great Plains and adjacent Rocky Mountains, the North American subarctic, Russia and Siberia.


Selected Publications

Wolfe, B.B., Edwards, T.W.D., Jiang, H., MacDonald, G.M., Gervais, B.R. and Snyder, J.A., "Effect of varying oceanicity on early- to late-Holocene paleohydrology, Kola Peninsula, Russia: isotopic evidence from treeline lakes", The Holocene, 153-160 (2003) .

MacDonald, G.M., "Effect of varying oceanicity on early- to late-Holocene paleohydrology, Kola Peninsula, Russia: isotopic evidence from treeline lakes", Biogeography: Space, Time and Life, John Wiley and Sons, - (2003) .

Wolfe, B.B., Edwards, T.W.D., Jiang, H., MacDonald, G.M., Gervais, B.R. and Snyder, J.A., "Effect of varying oceanicity on early- to late-Holocene paleohydrology, Kola Peninsula, Russia: isotopic evidence from treeline lakes", The Holocene, 153-160 (2003) .

MacDonald, G.M., "Effect of varying oceanicity on early- to late-Holocene paleohydrology, Kola Peninsula, Russia: isotopic evidence from treeline lakes", Biogeography: Space, Time and Life, John Wiley and Sons, - (2003) .

Gervais, B. R., MacDonald, G. M., Snyder, J. A., and Kremenetski, C. V., "Pinus sylvestris treeline development and movement on the Kola Peninsula of Russia: pollen and stomate evidence", Journal of Ecology, 627-638 (2002) .

MacDonald, G.M., "The boreal forest", In: The Physical Geography of North America, A.R. Orme (ed.), Oxford University Press, 270-290 (2002) .

Gervais, B. R., MacDonald, G. M., Snyder, J. A., and Kremenetski, C. V., "Pinus sylvestris treeline development and movement on the Kola Peninsula of Russia: pollen and stomate evidence", Journal of Ecology, 627-638 (2002) .

MacDonald, G.M., "The boreal forest", In: The Physical Geography of North America, A.R. Orme (ed.), Oxford University Press, 270-290 (2002) .

Wolfe, S.A., Huntley, D.J., David, P.P., Ollerhead, J., Sauchyn, D.J. and MacDonald, G.M., "Late 18th century drought-induced sand dune activity, Great Sand Hills, Saskatchewan", Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 105-117 (2001) .

Szeicz, J.M. and MacDonald, G.M., "Montane climate and vegetation dynamics in easternmost Beringia during the Late Quaternary", Quaternary Science Reviews, 247-257 (2001) .