I work at the interfaces of biological, geological and climatological sciences. The overall objective of my research is to understand long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions. To achieve this objective, I use "the natural experiments of the past" that are archived in geological deposits (e.g., lake sediments). These deposits offer a long-term holistic perspective into past environmental conditions, some of which do not exist today but may be analogs of different climatic conditions in the future. In pursuing my research interests, I integrate traditional paleoecological analyses and state-of-the-art analytical tools (e.g., genomic, geochemical, and numerical-modeling techniques). My students and I have conducted field research from the tropics to the Arctic to address a wide array of global change questions. We have authored more than 110 scholarly articles in top-tier disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.
I am currently serving as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Despite my administrative duties, I continue to enjoy working closely with students on their research projects. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact me directly to explore research of mutual interest.
- Ph.D., University of Washington
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Plant Biology
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Chen, Y., Hu, F. S., & Lara, M. J. (2021). Divergent shrub-cover responses driven by climate, wildfire, and permafrost interactions in Arctic tundra ecosystems. Global change biology, 27(3), 652-663. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15451
Chen, Y., Lara, M. J., & Hu, F. S. (2020). A robust visible near-infrared index for fire severity mapping in Arctic tundra ecosystems. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 159, 101-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2019.11.012
Hoecker, T. J., Higuera, P. E., Kelly, R., & Hu, F. S. (2020). Arctic and boreal paleofire records reveal drivers of fire activity and departures from Holocene variability. Ecology, 101(9), [e03096]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3096
Napier, J. D., de Lafontaine, G., & Hu, F. S. (2020). Exploring genomic variation associated with drought stress in Picea mariana populations. Ecology and Evolution, 10(17), 9271-9282. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6614
Napier, J. D., Fernandez, M. C., de Lafontaine, G., & Hu, F. S. (2020). Ice-age persistence and genetic isolation of the disjunct distribution of larch in Alaska. Ecology and Evolution, 10(3), 1692-1702. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6031