Dr. Nicole K. Davi

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: M.S. in Sustainability Management

Professor, Department of Environmental Science
William Paterson University

Tree-Ring Lab
61 Route 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964


Nicole Davi is a an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Tree-Ring Laboratory at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Science at William Paterson University. Davi’s research focuses on developing and interpreting high-resolution paleoclimatic records in order to further our understanding of climate change over the past 2000 years. She has authored/co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles on paleoclimate and has received awards from National Science Foundation and other funding agencies for her research. Davi also has several projects that focus on improving science literacy for undergraduate and K-12 students, and also for public audiences. Davi often collaborates with artists to explore new and compelling ways to communicate the excitement of scientific explorations with diverse audiences.


Jan 31, 2024

Science for the Planet: Why We Need to Preserve Maritime Forests

Tree-ring scientist Nicole Davi explains the critical role maritime forests play in protecting our coastal communities from storms. The tree-ring records she's building will help us understand how these ecosystems are responding to climate change.

Mar 08, 2022

Learning From Tree Rings: An Interview With Nicole Davi

A dendrochronologist explains how tree rings can teach us about our past, present, and future.

Aug 17, 2021

New Way of Analyzing Tree Rings Confirms Unprecedented Central Asia Warming

Researchers have reconstructed temperatures in Mongolia all the way back to 1269 C.E., showing that recent temperatures are the warmest the region has seen in eight centuries.

Dec 03, 2019

Within Sight of New York City, an Old-Growth Forest Faces Storms and Sea Level Rise

On a peninsula within sight of New York City, researchers are studying trees dating as far back as the early 1800s. Rising seas and more powerful storms, both fueled by climate change, could eventually spell their end.

Dec 03, 2019

Photo Essay: An Old-Growth Forest Near New York City Faces Storms and Sea-Level Rise

Centuries-old trees on a peninsula near New York City could provide an important record of past storms. Researchers recently traveled there to sample the trees before they are wiped out by rising seas and powerful storms.


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Approaching a thermal tipping point in the Eurasian boreal forest at its southern margin 2023
A Spatiotemporal Assessment of Extreme Cold in Northwestern North America Following the Unidentified 1809 CE Volcanic Eruption 2023
Estimating return intervals for extreme climate conditions related to winter disasters and livestock mortality in Mongolia 2022
Accelerated Recent Warming and Temperature Variability Over the Past Eight Centuries in the Central Asian Altai From Blue Intensity in Tree Rings 2021
Blue intensity from a tropical conifer’s annual rings for climate reconstruction: An ecophysiological perspective 2018
Strip‐Bark Morphology and Radial Growth Trends in Ancient Pinus sibirica Trees From Central Mongolia 2018
European and Mediterranean hydroclimate responses to tropical volcanic forcing over the last millennium 2017
A long-term context (931–2005 C.E.) for rapid warming over Central Asia 2015
Dzuds, droughts, and livestock mortality in Mongolia 2015
Response of radial growth to warming and CO2 enrichment in southern Northeast China: a case of Pinus tabulaeformis 2015
An Ensemble Weighting Approach for Dendroclimatology: Drought Reconstructions for the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau 2014
Hydroclimate Variations in Central and Monsoonal Asia over the Past 700 Years 2014
A Hydroclimatic Regionalization of Central Mongolia as Inferred from Tree Rings 2013
Is eastern Mongolia drying? A long-term perspective of a multidecadal trend 2013
Recent trends in Inner Asian forest dynamics to temperature and precipitation indicate high sensitivity to climate change 2013
Extension of summer (June–August) temperature records for northern Inner Mongolia (1715–2008), China using tree rings 2012
Extension of summer (June–August) temperature records for northern Inner Mongolia (1715–2008), China using tree rings: Supplementary data 2012
Seasonal dynamics of vegetation over the past 100 years inferred from tree rings and climate in Hulunbei'er steppe, northern China 2012
Seasonal dynamics of vegetation over the past 100 years inferred from tree rings and climate in Hulunbei'er steppe, northern China: Supplementary data 2012
Three centuries of shifting hydroclimatic regimes across the Mongolian Breadbasket 2012
Tree-ring based precipitation variability since AD 1828 in northwestern Liaoning, China 2012