Kevin Anchukaitis

Associate Professor, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Chair, Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, Graduate College

Kevin J. Anchukaitis is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. He is a paleoclimatologist, dendrochronologist, and earth systems geographer specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change during the Quaternary and the interaction between past climate and human society. He received his Bachelors degree from Georgetown University (1998), a Masters from the University of Tennessee (2002), and his Ph.D. in Geosciences from The University of Arizona (2007). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Assistant Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York City. From 2012 to 2015 he was an Assistant Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate dynamics across a range of temporal and spatial scales, from local to global and interannual to millennial. These include dendroclimatology, climate field reconstruction and spatiotemporal data analysis, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, forward and numerical modeling of paleoclimate proxies, and the integration of paleoclimate data with General Circulation Modeling. His research program includes extensive fieldwork throughout Asia and the Americas.


  • Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona