Aquila Flower

Associate Professor of Geography


I am a broadly trained geographer with research interests that fall within the intersection of climatology and biogeography. My research focuses on the role of climatic variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances in shaping forest, alpine, and coastal ecosystem dynamics. I teach physical geography and geospatial techniques courses.

Research Interests

Climate, natural disturbances, and human land use patterns shape ecosystems at multiple spatial scales. A detailed understanding of these socio-ecological dynamics is crucial for sustainable management in the face of changing climatic conditions and evolving land use goals. My research focuses on understanding the complex, interactive effects of these factors on forested, alpine, and coastal ecosystems in western North America. I use a multidisciplinary suite of dendrochronological, ecological, statistical, and geospatial methods to examine ecosystem dynamics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.


See my personal website for select publications.

Teaching Schedule

I teach physical geography and GIS classes. I am also the program lead and primary faculty advisor for our GIS Certificate and minor.

Fall 2021: on sabbatical

Winter 2022: ENVS 420/520 - GIS III, ENVS 499O - Professional Geographer Seminar

Spring 2022: ENVS 421/521 - GIS IV, ENVS 428/528 - Biogeography