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Bryan applies dendrochronology techniques to growth increments formed in the hard parts of marine and freshwater species including fish, bivalves, and corals. These aquatic chronologies are used to establish long-term patterns in productivity and their relationships to climate, quantify long-term impacts of human activities, and hind-cast climate prior to the start of instrumental records. They are also combined across species to describe linkages among marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems or to generate multi-proxy climate histories. Originally trained as a forest ecologist, Bryan also maintains interests in developing histories of forest disturbance and natural hazards including landslides and earthquakes.

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  • IGC
    Introduction to Global Change

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    IPA for Bryan Black

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2023

    $32.0K
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    Track 2 MRI: Acquisition of a mini carbon dating system for multi-millennial, multi-user sequences of annually resolved 14C and other high precision applications

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2022

    $2.0M
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    Track 2 MRI: Acquisition of a mini carbon dating system for multi-millennial, multi-user sequences of annually resolved 14C and other high precision applications

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2022

    $752.0K
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    Collaborative Research: Extending tree-ring based reconstructions of Atlantic Gulf Basin hydroclimate over the Common Era using old-growth sinker wood

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2022

    $400.3K
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    Collaborative Research: Urban Watershed Evolution - Novel Temporal Perspectives on the Hydrologic Impacts and Positive Unintended Consequences of Failing Municipal Infrastructure

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2021

    $69.0K
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    Dendrochronologial dating of Pacific Northwest earthquakes

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $47.0K
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    Building a High-Resolution Landslide Chronology for Cascadia Megathrust Earthquakes: Collaborative Research with University of Oregon and University of Arizona

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $20.5K
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    Training Dendrochronologists: A Workshop Approach to Determine the Drivers of Forest Stress in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $6.8K
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    Influence of Sea Ice on Ecosystem Shifts in Arctic Seas

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $96.7K
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    IPA for Bryan Black

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $34.5K
News
  • California's 'climate whiplash' has been worsening for 50 years and will continue

    2022

Publications (157)
Recent
  • Long-term tropical cyclones activity shapes forest structure and reduces tree species diversity of US temperate forests

    2023

  • A modern multicentennial record of radiocarbon variability from an exactly dated bivalve chronology at the Tree Nob site (Alaska coastal current)

    2023

  • Positive unintended consequences of urbanization for climate-resilience of stream ecosystems

    2023

  • p The Searsville Lake Site (California, USA) as a candidate Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the Anthropocene Series /p

    2023

  • Growth portfolios buffer climate‐linked environmental change in marine systems

    2023

  • Utility of Dendrochronology Crossdating Methods in the Development of Arctic Coralline Red Algae Clathromorphum compactum Growth Increment Chronology for …

    2022

  • Multiproxy, Multi-Centennial Perspectives on Environmental Variability Across Northeastern Pacific Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems

    2022

  • p Growth portfolios buffer climate‐linked environmental change in marine systems /p

    2022

  • Enhanced winter, spring, and summer hydroclimate variability across California from 1940 to 2019

    2022

  • p The Unprecedented Character of California s 20th Century Enhanced Hydroclimatic Variability in a 600‐Year Context /p

    2022

  • Fish ear stones offer climate change clues in Alaska's lakes

    2022

  • Douglas Fir Multiproxy Tree-Ring Data Glimpse MIS 5 Environment in the US Pacific Northwest

    2022

  • Sclerochronological records of environmental variability and bivalve growth in the Pacific Arctic

    2022

  • span style= font-size:12pt; Seasonality and lake water temperature inferred from the geochemistry and sclerochronology of Quaternary freshwater bivalves from the Turkana Basin, Ethiopia and Kenya /span

    2022

  • Global decline in ocean memory over the 21st century

    2022

  • Interannual temperature variability is a principal driver of low-frequency fluctuations in marine fish populations

    2022

  • Fitting growth models to otolith increments to reveal time-varying growth

    2022

  • Using drought sensitive trees to understand landslides and flooding events in coastal Cascadia

    2022

  • p Relationships among somatic growth, climate, and fisheries production in an overexploited marine fish from the Gulf of California, Mexico /p

    2021

  • A multimillennial snow water equivalent reconstruction from giant sequoia tree rings

    2021

  • Assessing local impacts of the AD 1700 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami using tree ring growth histories: A case study in South Beach, Oregon, USA 2

    2021

  • The Preservation of Climate-Driven Landslide Dams in Western Oregon

    2021

  • p The Preservation of Climate‐Driven Landslide Dams in Western Oregon /p

    2021

  • Co‐occurrence of California drought and Northeast Pacific marine heatwaves under climate change

    2021

  • Advances of sclerochronology research in the last decade

    2021

  • Growth rings across the Tree of Life: demographic insights from biogenic time series data

    2021

  • Assessing local impacts of the 1700 CE Cascadia<? xmltex\break?> earthquake and tsunami using tree-ring growth<? xmltex\break?> histories: a case study in South Beach, Oregon, USA

    2021

  • Reading the diaries of life – Current advances in sclerochronological research

    2021

  • A Multicentennial Proxy Record of Northeast Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures From the Annual Growth Increments of Panopea generosa

    2021

  • Co-occurrence of California Drought and Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwaves Under Climate Change

    2021

  • RingdateR: A statistical and graphical tool for crossdating

    2021

  • Lake trout growth is sensitive to spring temperature in southwest Alaska lakes

    2021

  • Enhanced winter, spring, and summer hydroclimate variability across Califronia from 1940 to 2019

    2021

  • Ontogenetic movements of cod in Arctic fjords and the Barents Sea as revealed by otolith microchemistry

    2020

  • Northern Benguela Merluccius paradoxus Annual Growth From Otolith Chronologies Used for Age Verification and as Indicators of Fisheries-Induced and Environmental Changes

    2020

  • Lake Trout Otolith Growth Increment Measurements, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 1979-2012

    2020

  • A multi-century, tree-ring-derived perspective of the North Cascades (USA) 2014–2016 snow drought

    2020

  • Dendrochronological dating of landslides in western Oregon: Searching for signals of the Cascadia AD 1700 earthquake

    2020

  • Fundamental questions and applications of sclerochronology: Community-defined research priorities

    2020

  • Continental-scale tree-ring-based projection of Douglas-fir growth: Testing the limits of space-for-time substitution

    2020

  • Northern Benguela Merluccius paradoxus Annual Growth From Otolith Chronologies Used for Age Verification and as Indicators of Fisheries-Induced and …

    2020

  • Multiproxy dendrochronological dating of coseismic land-level changes in the Puget lowlands

    2020

  • Competition-driven growth of Atka mackerel in the Aleutian Islands ecosystem revealed by an otolith biochronology

    2020

  • p Lake trout growth is sensitive to spring temperature in southwest Alaska lakes /p

    2020

  • p Continental‐scale tree‐ring‐based projection of Douglas‐fir growth: Testing the limits of space‐for‐time substitution /p

    2020

  • Potential sources of bias in the climate sensitivities of fish otolith biochronologies

    2020

  • Coupled Climate Stressors along the West Coast of North America: Drought, Marine Heat Waves, HABs, and Hypoxia

    2020

  • A multi-century history of North Pacific SSTs from annual growth increments in the bivalve Panopea generosa

    2020

  • Continental-scale Projection of Future Douglas-fir Growth from Tree Rings: Testing the Limits of Space-for-Time Substitution

    2019

  • Pacific climate influences on ocean conditions and extreme shell growth events in the Northwestern Atlantic (Gulf of Maine)

    2019

  • A network of bivalve chronologies from semi-enclosed seas

    2019

  • Measuring the Effect of Urbanization on Water Use by Trees in Riparian Settings

    2019

  • The revolution of crossdating in marine palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology

    2019

  • Understanding the Recent Enhancement in Precipitation Variability over California

    2019

  • A boundary current drives synchronous growth of marine fishes across tropical and temperate latitudes

    2018

  • Non-stationary responses in anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) recruitment to coastal upwelling in the Southern Benguela

    2018

  • Can trees record impacts of urban growth on watersheds?

    2018

  • Pacific climate influences on the Gulf of Maine region (Northwestern Atlantic)

    2018

  • Intrinsic and environmental drivers of growth in an Alaskan rockfish: an otolith biochronology approach

    2018

  • Enhanced climatic variability over California post-1950: A synthesis of observed and reconstructed trends and possible explanations

    2018

  • Pacific climate influences on ocean conditions and extreme shell growth events in the Northwestern Atlantic

    2018

  • Hunting for landslides from Cascadia’s great earthquakes

    2018

  • Using bivalve chronologies for quantifying environmental drivers in a semi-enclosed temperate sea

    2018

  • Rising synchrony controls western North American ecosystems

    2018

  • Otolith increments in European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) reveal temperature and density-dependent effects on growth

    2018

  • A comparison of modes of upwelling-favorable wind variability in the Benguela and California current ecosystems

    2018

  • Multi-Proxy Reconstructions of Northeast Pacific Decadal Variability from Bivalve Mollusks and Trees

    2017

  • Importance of the spring transition in the northern Gulf of Mexico as inferred from marine fish biochronologies

    2017

  • Propensity for deep-seated landslides in the Oregon Coastal Ranges during Cascadia megathrust earthquakes through dendrochronological dating of landslide-dammed lakes

    2017

  • Rising climate variability and synchrony in North Pacific ecosystems

    2017

  • Spatial and temporal dependence on sea ice algae in the Chukchi Sea, Arctic Ocean, inferred from bivalve stable isotopic composition

    2017

  • Collaborative Research: P2C2--Multi-proxy Reconstructions of North Pacific Decadal Variability from Bivalve Mollusks and Trees

    2017

  • Sclerochronology-tool for uncovering environmental drivers in a semi-enclosed sea

    2017

  • Synchrony in climate and biological response within and between the Benguela and California Current Ecosystems-Bryan A. Black

    2017

  • Abundance, biomass and caloric content of Chukchi Sea bivalves and association with Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) relative density and distribution in the …

    2017

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Robust Annually Resolved Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions from the Oceans

    2016

  • Otolith biochronologies reveal latitudinal differences in growth of Bering Sea yellowfin sole Limanda aspera

    2016

  • Long-term Bering Sea environmental variability revealed by a centennial-length biochronology of Pacific ocean perch Sebastes alutus

    2016

  • Poleward displacement of coastal upwelling-favorable winds through the 21st century

    2016

  • Upwelling and Other Environmental Influences on Growth of a Nearshore Benthic Fish

    2016

  • Report of the Workshop on Growth-increment Chronologies in Marine Fish: climate-ecosystem interactions in the North Atlantic 2.

    2016

  • Influence of basin-and local-scale environmental conditions on nearshore production in the northeast Pacific Ocean

    2016

  • The bivalve Glycymeris pilosa as a multidecadal environmental archive for the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas

    2016

  • On the Past, Present, and Future of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems

    2016

  • The value of crossdating to retain high‐frequency variability, climate signals, and extreme events in environmental proxies

    2016

  • Ecosystem Responses to Climate Variability in Eastern Boundary Upwelling Ecosystems II Posters

    2016

  • Rising Variance and Synchrony across Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems of Western North America

    2016

  • Modes of upwelling variability in the Benguela Current System and how they relate to ecosystem productivity

    2016

  • Long‐term growth‐increment chronologies reveal diverse influences of climate forcing on freshwater and forest biota in the Pacific Northwest

    2015

  • Evidence of climate‐driven ecosystem reorganization in the Gulf of Mexico

    2015

  • Rangia Clam Investigations

    2015

  • Anticipated effects of climate change on coastal upwelling ecosystems

    2015

  • Under pressure: Climate change, upwelling, and eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems

    2015

  • Poleward displacement of coastal upwelling‐favorable winds in the ocean's eastern boundary currents through the 21st century

    2015

  • OF FISH, SEABIRDS, AND TREES

    2015

  • Evidence of bottom-up limitations in nearshore marine systems based on otolith proxies of fish growth

    2015

  • Six centuries of variability and extremes in a coupled marine-terrestrial ecosystem

    2014

  • Sclerochronological studies reveal that patterns of otolith growth of adults of two co-occurring species of Platycephalidae are synchronised by water temperature variations

    2014

  • Climate Change and Coastal Upwelling Drivers

    2014

  • California’s Summer and Winter Coastal Upwelling Impact on the Terrestrial Ecosystem

    2014

  • Climate change and wind intensification in coastal upwelling ecosystems

    2014

  • Meta-analysis: a tool for communicating complexity to informed general audiences

    2013

  • Integrated assessment of wind effects on Central California’s pelagic ecosystem

    2013

  • Otolith biochronologies as multidecadal indicators of body size anomalies in yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera)

    2013

  • Lake trout otolith chronologies as multidecadal indicators of high-latitude freshwater ecosystems

    2013

  • Multi-proxy reconstructions and the power of integration across marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems.

    2013

  • The North Pacific High and wintertime pre‐conditioning of California current productivity

    2013

  • Otolith oxygen isotopes measured by high‐precision secondary ion mass spectrometry reflect life history of a yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera)

    2013

  • From the trees to the seas: multi-species perspectives on long-term climatic and ecological variability-Bryan A. Black

    2013

  • Relative influence of oceanic and terrestrial pressure systems in driving upwelling‐favorable winds

    2013

  • Linking predators to seasonality of upwelling: using food web indicators and path analysis to infer trophic connections

    2012

  • Bayesian hierarchical modeling of Pacific geoduck growth increment data and climate indices

    2012

  • Climatic effects on the growth of a temperate reef fish from the Southern Hemisphere: a biochronological approach

    2012

  • Multidecadal otolith growth histories for red and gray snapper (Lutjanus spp.) in the northern Gulf of Mexico, USA

    2011

  • Bomb-produced radiocarbon validation of growth-increment crossdating allows marine paleoclimate reconstruction

    2011

  • Winter and summer upwelling modes and their biological importance in the California Current Ecosystem

    2011

  • Modeling the effect of climate variability on rockfish growth rates in the North Pacific: empirical evidence for biophysical coupling

    2011

  • Wintertime ocean conditions synchronize rockfish growth and seabird reproduction in the central California Current ecosystem

    2010

  • Growth-increment chronologies reflect ecosystem responses to climate variability in the northeast Pacific-Bryan Black

    2010

  • Climate-driven synchrony in otolith growth-increment chronologies for three Bering Sea flatfish species

    2010

  • Century‐scale records of coral growth rates indicate that local stressors reduce coral thermal tolerance threshold

    2010

  • Winter and summer upwelling modes and their biological relevance in the California Current-Bryan Black

    2010

  • Impacts of Swiss needle cast on overstory Douglas-fir forests of the western Oregon Coast Range

    2010

  • Spatial variability in growth-increment chronologies of long-lived freshwater mussels: implications for climate impacts and reconstructions

    2010

  • Climate-driven synchrony across tree, bivalve, and rockfish growth-increment chronologies of the northeast Pacific

    2009

  • Identifying dendroecological growth releases in American beech, jack pine, and white oak: within-tree sampling strategy

    2009

  • Properties of boundary-line release criteria in North American tree species

    2009

  • Multi-proxy reconstructions of northeastern Pacific sea surface temperature data from trees and Pacific geoduck

    2009

  • Propriétés des critères des lignes limites de dégagement chez les arbres Nord Américains

    2009

  • Local stressors reduce coral resilience to bleaching

    2009

  • Establishing highly accurate production-age data using the tree-ring technique of crossdating: a case study for Pacific geoduck (Panopea abrupta)

    2008

  • A tree-ring approach to establishing climate-growth relationships for yelloweye rockfish in the northeast Pacific

    2008

  • Relationships between radial growth rates and lifespan within North American tree species

    2008

  • Disturbance history of a mixed conifer stand in central Idaho, USA

    2008

  • Refining Techniques for Detecting Swiss Needle cast Outbreaks in Tree-ring

    2008

  • Establishing climate–growth relationships for yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) in the northeast Pacific using a dendrochronological approach

    2008

  • Age of black coral (Antipathes dendrochristos) colonies, with notes on associated invertebrate species

    2007

  • Native American influences on the forest composition of the Allegheny Plateau, northwest Pennsylvania

    2006

  • Constructing long-term proxy series for aquatic environments with absolute dating control using a sclerochronological approach: introduction and advanced applications

    2006

  • Modeling and spatial prediction of pre-settlement patterns of forest distribution using witness tree data

    2006

  • An evaluation of boundary-line release criteria for eleven North American tree species

    2005

  • Disturbance history and climate response in an old-growth hemlock-white pine forest, central Pennsylvania

    2005

  • Disturbance history of a European old‐growth mixed‐species forest—A spatial dendro‐ecological analysis

    2005

  • Using tree-ring crossdating techniques to validate annual growth increments in long-lived fishes

    2005

  • Overstory tree composition of eastern hemlock stands threatened by the hemlock woolly adelgid at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    2004

  • A witness tree analysis of the effects of Native American Indians on the pre-European settlement forests in east-central Alabama

    2004

  • Development and application of boundary-line release criteria

    2004

  • Use of boundary‐line growth patterns as a basis for dendroecological release criteria

    2003

  • Combining environmentally dependent and independent analyses of witness tree data in east-central Alabama

    2002

  • Influences of Native Americans and surveyor biases on metes and bounds witness‐tree distribution

    2001

  • Analysis of temporal variation and species-site relationships of witness tree data in southeastern Pennsylvania

    2001

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    2001

  • Dendroecology and climatic impacts for a relict, old-growth, bog forest in the Ridge and Valley Province of central Pennsylvania, USA

    2001

  • Dendroecological analysis of a mature loblolly pine-mixed hardwood forest at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, eastern Virginia

    2000

  • Physiographic Analysis of Witness Tree Distripution and Surveyor Bias in the Pre-European Settlement Forests of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

    1998

  • Overstory tree composition of hemlock and hardwood forest stands at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    1998

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