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Scotty Strachan

Contact Information


  • M.S., University of Nevada, Reno, Geography, 2011
  • B.S., University of Nevada, Reno, Geography, Minor: Economics, 2001
  • A.A., Western Nevada Community College, 1997


Research Areas of Interest

Dendrochronology, Great Basin hydroclimate, Climate-forest interactions, Geographic Information Science, Environmental monitoring, Dendroarchaeology

Class Materials


(in preparation) Strachan, S. In-situ differentiation of liquid and solid precipitation at fine timescales.

(in review) Mutiibwa, D., T. Albright, S. Strachan. MODIS Land Surface Temperature and Air Temperature in Complex Terrain.

2014 Dascalu, S.M., F.C. Harris Jr., M. McMahon Jr., E. Fritzinger, S. Strachan, R. Kelley. An Overview of the Nevada Climate Change Portal. In: Ames, D.P., Quinn, N.W.T., Rizzoli, A.E. (eds.). Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, San Diego, ISBN: 978-88-9035-744-2

2014 Biondi, F., M. Hay, and S. Strachan. The tree-ring interpolation model (TRIM) and its application to Pinus monophylla chronologies in the Great Basin of North America. Forestry DOI:10.1093/forestry/cpu020

2013 Strachan, S., F. Biondi, S. Lindström, R. McQueen, P. Wigand. Application of Dendrochronology to Historic Charcoal Production Sites in the Great Basin, USA. Historical Archaeology 47(4).

2013 Kilpatrick, M., F. Biondi, S. Strachan, and J.S. Sibold. Fire history of mixed conifer ecosystems in the Great Basin/Mojave Deserts transition zone, Nevada, USA. Trees 27(6):1789-1803. DOI:10.1007/s00468-013-0924-7

2013 Mensing, S., S. Strachan, J. Arnone, L. Fenstermaker, F. Biondi, D. Devitt, B. Johnson, B. Bird, and E. Fritzinger. A network for observing Great Basin climate change. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 94(11): 105-112

2012 Biondi, F., and S. Strachan. Dendrohydrology in 2050: Challenges and Opportunities. Pp. 355-362 in W.M. Grayman, D.P. Loucks, and L. Saito (editors), Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, Virginia

2012 Strachan, S., F. Biondi, and J. Leising. A 550-year reconstruction of streamflow variability in Spring Valley, Nevada, USA. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 138(4):326-333. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000180 

2011 McMahon Jr., M., S.M. Dascalu, F.C. Harris Jr., S. Strachan, and F. Biondi. Architecting Climate Change Data Infrastructure for Nevada. Pp. 354-365 in Salinesi, C. and Pastor, O. (eds.), Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops CAISE-2011, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, LNBIP-83, Springer, London, UK

2011 Biondi, F., L. Jamieson, S. Strachan, and J. Sibold. Dendroecological testing of the pyroclimatic hypothesis in the central Great Basin, Nevada, USA. Ecosphere 2(1): art5 (20 pages). DOI:10.1890/ES10-00068.1 

2007 Biondi, F., S. Strachan, S.A. Mensing, and G. Piovesan. Radiocarbon analysis confirms the annual nature of sagebrush growth rings. Radiocarbon 49(3): 1232-1240

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