Simon James Goring
Assistant Research Scientist
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin – Madison
550 North Park St, Madison WI, 53706
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Professional Experience

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin - Madison

July 2014 – Current Assistant Research Scientist
July 2011 – July 2014 Post-Doctoral Researcher


Ph.D. Thesis: Holocene climate of British Columbia using pollen-based climate reconstruction [[link]

2005 – 2012 Ph.D. Biological Sciences Simon Fraser University
2003 B.Sc. Plant Science University of Northern British Columbia
1999 Forest Technician Diploma Sir Sandford Fleming College


2020 Publications

  • Trachsel, M., Dawson A., Paciorek, C.J., Williams, J.W., McLachlan, J.S., Cogbill C.V., Foster D.R., Goring S.J., Jackson S.T., Oswald W.W., Shuman B.N. 2020. Comparison of settlement-era vegetation reconstructions for STEPPS and REVEALS pollen–vegetation models in the northeastern United States. Quaternary Research 1–20. <a href=>10.1017/qua.2019.81</a>

2019 Publications

  • Dawson, A., Paciorek, C. J., Goring, S. J., Jackson, S. T., McLachlan, J. S., and Williams, J. W.. 2019. Quantifying trends and uncertainty in prehistoric forest composition in the upper Midwestern United States. Ecology 100( 12):e02856. <a href=>10.1002/ecy.2856</a>
  • Seeley M, Goring S, & Williams JW. 2019. Assessing the environmental and dispersal controls on Fagus grandifolia distributions in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Biogeography: DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13491
  • Wang, Y., Goring, S.J. & McGuire, J.L. 2019. Bayesian ages for pollen records since the last glaciation in North America. Scientific Data 6, 176. <a href=>10.1038/s41597-019-0182-7</a>

2018 Publications

  • Goring SJ, Graham R, Loeffler S, Myrbo A, Oliver JS, Ormond C, & Williams JW. 2018. The Neotoma Paleoecology Database: A Research Outreach Nexus. Elements of Paleontology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [DOI: 10.1017/9781108681582]
  • Farley S, Dawson A, Goring SJ, Williams JW. 2018. Situating ecology as a big data science: Current advances, challenges, and solutions. BioScience. 68:563–576. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biy068
  • Goring SJ, Whitney KS, Jacob A. 2018. Accessibility is imperative for inclusion. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 16: 63. [Open Access]
  • Williams JW, Grimm EC, Blois JL, Charles DF, Davis EB, Goring SJ, Graham RW, Smith AJ, Anderson M, Arroyo-Cabrales J, Ashworth AC, Betancourt JL, Bills BW, Booth RK, Buckland PI, Curry BB, Giesecke T, Jackson ST, Latorre C, Nichols J, Purdum T, Roth RE, Stryker M, Takahara H. 2018. The Neotoma Paleoecology Database, a multiproxy, international, community-curated data resource. Quaternary Research, 89:156-177. [Open Access]

2017 Publications

  • Goring SJ, Williams JW. 2017. Effect of historic land-use and climate change on tree-climate relationships in the northern United States. Ecology Letters. 20:461-470. [Link], PDF]
  • Tipton J, Hooten M, Goring SJ. 2017. Reconstruction of spatio-temporal temperature from sparse historical records using robust probabilistic principal component regression. Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography 3:1-16. [Open Access]
  • Peyron O, Combourieu-Nebout N, Brayshaw D, Goring S, Andrieu-Pone V, Desprat S, Fletcher W, Gambin B, Ioakim C, Joannin S, Kotthoff U, Kouli K, Montade V, Pross J, Sadori L, and Magny M. 2017. The climate of the Mediterranean basin during the Holocene from terrestrial and marine pollen records: A model/data comparison. Climate of the Past 13:249-265 [Open Access]

2016 Publications

  • Goring SJ, Williams JW, Mladenoff DJ, Cogbill CV, Record S, Paciorek CJ, Jackson ST, Dietze MC, Matthes JH, McLachlan JS. 2016. Novel and Lost Forests in the Upper Midwestern United States, from New Estimates of Settlement-Era Composition, Stem Density, and Biomass. PLoS One. 11: e0151935. [Open Access]
  • Kujawa E, Goring SJ, Dawson A, Calcote R, Grimm EC, Hotchkiss SC, Jackson ST, Lynch EA, McLachlan J, St-Jacques J-M, Umbanhowar Jr. C, Williams JW. 2016. The effect of anthropogenic land cover change on pollen-vegetation relationships in the American Midwest. Anthropocene 15:60-71. [Link]
  • Dawson A, Paciorek C, McLachlan J, Goring S, Williams JW, Jackson S. 2016. Quantifying pollen-vegetation relationships to reconstruct ancient forests using 19th-century forest composition and pollen data. Quaternary Science Reviews. 137:156-175.
  • Matthes, JH., Goring S, Williams JW, Dietze MC. 2016. Benchmarking historical CMIP5 plant functional types across the Upper Midwest and Northeastern United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 121. [link]
  • Paciorek C, Goring SJ, Thurman A, Cogbill C, Williams J, Mladenoff D, Peters JA, Zhu J, McLachlan JS. 2016. Statistically-estimated tree composition for the northeastern United States at Euro-American settlement. PLoS ONE. 11: e0150087. [Open Access]

2015 Publications

  • Goring S, Dawson A, Williams JW, Simpson G, Grimm EC, Dawson R. 2015. neotoma: A programmatic interface to the Neotoma Paleoecological database.Open Quaternary 1:2. [Open Access]
  • Corimbourieu-Nebout N, Bertini A, Russo-Ermolli E, Peyron O, Klotz S, Montage V, Fauquette S, Allen J, Fusco F, Goring S, Huntley B, Joannin S, Lebreton V, Magri D, Orain R, Sadori L. 2015. Climate changes in the central Mediterranean and Italian vegetation dynamics since the Pliocene. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 218:127-147. [Link]
  • Walsh MK, Marlon JR, Goring S, Brown KJ, Gavin D. 2015. A regional perspective on Holocene on fire-climate-human interactions in the Pacific Northwest.Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 105:1135-1157. [Link], [Code]

2014 Publications

  • Goring S, Weathers K, Dodds W, Cheruvelil K, Kominoski J, Rüegg J, Sweet L, Utz R. (2014) The collaborative culture of Macrosystems Ecology: Optimizing participant benefits. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12:39-47. [Open Access]
  • Cheruvelil KS, Soranno PA, Weathers KC, Hanson PC, Goring S. (2014) Creating and maintaining high-performing collaborative research teams: the importance of diversity and socio-cognitive skills. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12:31-38. [Open Access]
  • Heffernan J, Soranno P, Angilletta M, Buckley L, Dodds W, Harms T, Keitt T, Knapp A, Kominoski J, McDowell B, Powell H, Xiao J, Gruner D, Goring S, Koenig L, Kellner J, Richardson A, Rocha A, Stow C, Vargas R, Weathers K. (2014) What is macrosystems ecology? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12:5-14. [Open Access]

2013 Publications

  • Goring S, Lacourse T, Pellatt MG, Mathewes RW. (2013) Pollen assemblage richness does not reflect regional plant species richness: a cautionary tale. Journal of Ecology. 101:1125-1136. [link], [Data and R Code]
  • Combourieu-Nebout N, Peyron O, Bout-Roumazeilles V, Goring S, Dormoy I, Joannin S, Sadori L, Siani G, Magny M. (2013) Holocene vegetation and climate changes in central Mediterranean inferred from a high-resolution marine pollen record (Adriatic Sea). Climate of the Past. 9:2023-2042. [Open Access]
  • Gill JL, McLauchlan KK, Skibbe AM, Goring SJ, Williams JW. (2013) Linking abundances of the dung fungus Sporormiella to the density of Plains bison: Implications for assessing grazing by megaherbivores in the paleorecord. Journal of Ecology. 101:1125-1136. [Link]
  • Peyron O, Magny M, Goring S, Joannin S, de Beaulieu J-L, Brugiapaglia E, Sadori L, Garfi G, Kouli K, Combourieu-Nebout N. (2013) Contrasting patterns of climatic changes during the Holocene in the central Mediterranean (Italy) reconstructed from pollen data. Climate of the Past. 9:1233-1252. [Open Access]

2012 and Older Publications

  • Goring S, Williams JW, Blois JL, Jackson S, Paciorek CJ, Booth RK, Marlon JR, Blaauw M, Christen JA. (2012) Deposition times in the northeastern United States during the Holocene: establishing valid priors for Bayesian age models. Quaternary Science Reviews. 48:54-60. [Link], [Data and R Code]
  • Goring S, Lacourse T, Pellatt MG, Walker IR, Mathewes RW. (2010) Are pollen-based climate models improved by combining surface samples from soil and lacustrine substrates? Review of Paleobotany and Palynology. 162:203-212. [Link]
  • Goring S, Pellatt MG, Lacourse T, Walker IR, Mathewes RW. (2009) A new methodology for reconstructing climate and vegetation from modern pollen assemblages: an example from British Columbia. Journal of Biogeography. 36:626-638. [Link]
  • Joannin S, Brugiapaglia E, de Beaulieu J-L, Bernardo L, Magny M, Peyron O, Goring S, Vannière B. (2012) Pollen-based reconstruction of Holocene vegetation and climate in southern Italy: the case of Lago Trifoglietti. Climate of the Past. 8:1973-1996. [Open Access]
  • Pellatt MG, Goring S, Bodtker KM, Cannon AJ. (2012) Using a down-scaled bioclimate envelope model to determine long-term temporal connectivity of Garry oak (*Q. garryana*) habitat in western North America: Implications for protected area planning. Environmental Management. 49:802-815. [Link]
  • Peyron O, Goring S, Dormoy I, Kotthoff U, Pross J, de Beaulieu J-L, Drescher-Schneider R & Magny M. (2011) Holocene seasonality changes in the central Mediterranean region reconstructed from the pollen sequences of Lake Accesa (Italy) and Tenaghi Philippon (Greece). The Holocene. 21:131-146. [Link]
  • Dormoy I, Peyron O, Combourieu-Nebout N, Goring S, Kotthoff U, Magny M, Pross J. (2009) Terrestrial climate variability and seasonality changes in the Mediterranean region between 15,000 and 4,000 years BP deduced from marine pollen records. Climate of the Past. 5: 615-632. [Open Access]
  • Vamosi J, Goring S, Kennedy B, Mayberry R, Moray C, Neame LA, Tunbridge ND, Elle E. (2007) Pollination, Floral Display, and the Ecological Correlates of Polyploidy. Functional Ecosystems and Communities. 1: 1-9. [Open Access]


  • Goring S. (2016) earthlife – an R package for the EarthLife Consortium API. [GitHub]
  • Blaauw M & Goring SJ. 2014. clam: Classic age modeling in R. [GitHub]
  • Goring S. (2013) neotoma – an R package for the Neotoma Paleoecological Database. [GitHub]
  • Keenlyside K, Nantel P, Pellatt M, Goring S, Gray P. (2014) Chapter 6: Natural environment and biodiversity. In: From Impacts to Adaptation – Assessment Update. Natural Resources Canada. [Open Access]
  • Gill JL, Blois JL, Goring S, Marlon JR, Bartlein PJ, Nicoll K, Scott AC, Whitlock C. (2012) Paleoecological changes at Lake Cuitzeo were not consistent with an extraterrestrial impact. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 109: E2243. [Link]
  • Blois J, Goring S, Smith A. (2011) Integrating paleoecological databases: the Neotoma Consortium Workshop, September 23- 2 26, 2010. EOS Transactions of the AGU. 92:48. [Link]

Grants & Other Support

[ * as PI; ** as co-PI ]


2017 *EarthRates - Open and inter-operable data standards in the paleogeosciences. (Workshop funding - $15,000)
2017 *THROUGHPUT: Standards and Services for Community Curated Repositories. ($570,000; NSF EarthCube)
2017 **Geochronology Frontiers at the Laboratory-Cyberinfrastructure Interface. ($1,450,000; NSF EarthCube)
2017 **Using cosmogenic elements as geochronological markers in lake sediments and incorporating instantaneous sedimentation rates into Holocene age-models. (Utah State University; Internal - $20,000)
2016 *Collaborative Research: Leveraging domain repositories in Flyover Country, a mobile app for geoscience outreach, data discovery, and visualization ($657,000; NSF- Geoinformatics)
2015 **Collaborative Research: Neotoma Paleoecology Database, Community-led Cyberinfrastructure for Global Change Research ($341,000, NSF - Geoinformatics)
2015 **Building Interoperable Cyberinfrastructure (CI) at the Interface between Paleogeoinformatics and Bioinformatics ($898,000 – NSF EarthCube Integrative Activities)
2014 **Memorandum of Understanding United States Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program


2014 *Climate Prediction in No-Analogue Space Amazon Web Services in Education Grant, $6000
2013 **NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates NSF - $8400
2012 **NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates NSF - $8400



2015 Introduction to Geocomputing (GEOG378) University of Wisconsin Online instruction, in-person labs. Introduction to GDAL, Python & ArcPy
2012 Conservation Paleoecology (GEOG920) University of Wisconsin Co-instructed graduate seminar.


2017 UBC R Study Group University of British Columbia Various modules on R including text analysis, programming style elements.
2016 UBC R Study Group University of British Columbia Various modules on R including dynamic mapping, interactive applications and others.
2015 IT Academy – Data Analysis (2 days) University of Wisconsin Pre-college STEM workshops for traditionally under-represented students.
2014 Camp PalEON (1 week) University of Notre Dame Paleoecoinformatics, age-depth modeling, and support.
2014 Pollen Analysis Workshop (1 week) University of Maine Organizer, instructor
2013 Neotoma – Hands-on computing workshop. (1 day) AASP 46th Annual Meeting Organizer, instructor.
2012 Camp PalEON (1 week) University of Notre Dame Paleoecoinformatics, age-depth modeling, and support.
2009 Using R for Paleoecological Research University of the Fraser Valley One Day R Workshop

Guest Lectures

2016 Mozilla Science UBC R Study Group University of British Columbia Various 1.5 hr instructional units – R Style, RMarkdown, leaflet, regular expressions
2015 Mozilla Science UBC R Study Group University of British Columbia Various 1.5 hr lectures/workshops – Interactive spatial data exploration in R
2014 Climatic Environments of the Past (GEOG331) University of Wisconsin Guest Lecturer (Stable Isotopes, Ice Cores, Insolation Control of Monsoons)
2014 Biogeography (GEOG338) University of Wisconsin Guest Lecturer (Species Ranges & Dispersal, Applied Biogeography)
2013 Climatic Environments of the Past University of Wisconsin Guest lecturer (Dating Techniques, The Anthropocene)
2013 Quaternary Vegetation Dynamics University of Wisconsin Assisted with course & lab design, multiple (4) lectures.

Teaching Assistantship

2008 Paleobiology and Palynology (TA) Simon Fraser University
2007 General Biology (TA) Simon Fraser University


Invited Presentations

  • Goring S. EarthCube Metrics: Key Considerations. EarthCube All Hands Meeting June 2018. Washington DC.
  • Goring S. A better clock, a clearer past, a more precise future: Using geoinformatics to better understand the Earth’s future. Geological Society of America October 2017. Seattle, WA.
  • Goring S. Turning technical challenges into interdisciplinary success: Understanding interactions between climate, vegetation and land use change. UBC IRES Seminar Series. September 7, 2017.
  • Goring S. The emergence of novel ecosystems due to 19th and 20th century land use. Ecological Society of America. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. August 2016.
  • Goring S. Hacking the disciplinary silo. Ecological Society of America. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. August 2016.
  • Goring S. DOIs and Neotoma. Paleoclimate Standards Workshop. Boulder, CO. June 2016.
  • Goring S., Myrbo A. Transformative Earth Sciences through data: Neotoma, EarthCube and FlyoverCountry. Mozilla Science, UBC Data Science Day. Vancouver, BC. April 2016.
  • Goring S., Muñoz S. The Anthropocene as a boundary and a lens in eastern North America. Symposium on Physical Geography. American Association of Geographers. San Francisco, March 2016.
  • Goring S., Williams JW. Connecting users, data and data repositories. Rebecca J Holz Seminar Series in Research Data Management. EarthCube Distinguished Lecture. February 2016. Madison, WI.
  • Goring S., The Midwest before Madison: Using pre-settlement forests to address the challenges of global change. Department of Biology Seminar Series. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC. October, 2014.
  • Goring SJ, Williams JW, Grimm EC, Graham RW, McLachlan J, Blois J, Paciorek CJ, Dawson A. Age models in large scale synthesis: Status quo or de novo? Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Vancouver BC. October 2014.
  • Goring S., Predicting the future with the past. Biodiversity Lunchtime Internal Seminar Series. University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC. October, 2014.
  • Goring S. The neotoma package and semi-automated chronology construction for paleoecological databases. Neotoma Chronology Workshop. Belfast UK, January 2014.
  • Goring S, Lacourse T, Pellatt M, Mathewes R. Pollen richness is not equivalent to plant species richness: a cautionary tale. AASP 46th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, October 2013.
  • Goring S, Brewer S, Grimm E. Neotoma – Hands-on computing workshop. AASP 46th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, October 2013.
  • Goring S. The more things change: Using the past to understand an uncertain future. Faculty of Environment; University of Waterloo. Waterloo, ON. July 30, 2013.
  • Goring S, Weathers K, Dodds W, Soranno P, Sweet L, Cheruvelil K, Kominoski J, Rüegg J, Thorn A, Utz R. Cultural credit for collaborative contributions to support interdisciplinary ecology. NSF Macrosystems Biology Meeting. Washington DC. June 6, 2013.
  • Goring S, Williams JW, Ruid M, MacLachlan JS, Jackson ST, Paciorek CJ, Thurman A, Zhu J, Brooks W, Mladenoff DJ, Cogbill C, Record S, Dietze MC. What the Public Lands Survey can tell us about climate change, vegetation and models of future (and past) change. Quaternary Paleoecology Series. University of Minnesota. April 10, 2013.
  • Goring S, Williams JW, Ruid M, MacLachlan JS, Jackson ST, Paciorek CJ, Thurman A, Zhu J, Brooks W, Mladenoff DJ, Cogbill C, Record S, Dietze MC. Using the past to predict the future: The Public Land Survey, 19th century climate and the PalEON Project. Yi-Fu Tuan Seminar Series. University of Wisconsin – Madison. February 15, 2013

Organized Sessions

2018 NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting NSF EarthCube Program (Organizing Committee Member)
2017 Facilitating Interdisciplinary Geosciences By Limiting Data Friction: Approaches and Outcomes. American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA
2017 Integrating Data and Models in Paleoclimatology and Paleoecology: Current Approaches, Emerging Challenges, and Next Steps. American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Standing on the Shoulders of Clients: Evolving Cyberinfrastructure in the Ecological Sciences. Ecological Society of America, Portland OR.
2017 NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting NSF EarthCube Program (Organizing Committee Chair)
2015 Agile Curation, Data Access and Infrastructure, and Data Layers: Maximizing the Value of Research Data. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco
2015 Paleoecological patterns, ecological processes, modeled scenarios: Crossing temporal scales to understand an uncertain future. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD
2015 Paleoecological patterns, ecological processes, modeled scenarios: Crossing scales to understand an uncertain future. Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD
2015 NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting NSF EarthCube Program (Organizing Committee Member)
2014 Quantitative Frontiers in Paleoecology. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists. San Francisco, CA.

Other Presentations

  • Goring SJ, et al. The Neotoma Database: Recent developments and future directions. Ecological Society of America. August 2017. Portland, OR. doi: [10.6084/m9.figshare.5293882.v1]
  • Goring SJ, et al. 2016. Community Engagement to Drive Best Practices and Scientific Advancement. American Geophysical Union. December 2017. San Francisco, CA. doi: [10.6084/m9.figshare.4313516.v1]
  • Goring S, Salonen S, Luoto M, Williams JW. Climate Prediction in No-Analogue Space. Geological Society of America. October 2015, Baltimore, MD.
  • Goring S, Cogbill CV, Dawson A, Hooten M, McLachlan J, Mladenoff D, Paciorek CJ, Ruid M, Tipton J, Williams J, Record S, Matthes JH, Dietze M. Effects of European land use on contemporary tree-climate relationships in the northeastern United States: Implications for predictive models. American Geophysical Union. December 2014, San Francisco, CA.
  • Goring S, Williams JW, Grimm EC, Graham RW, Paciorek CJ, Dawson A, McLachlan JS, Bills B, Anderson M. Developing synergies between large-scale research and geodatabases: Neotoma and PalEON. Geological Society of America. October 2014, Vancouver BC.
  • Goring S, Williams JW, Ruid M, MacLachlan JS, Jackson ST, Paciorek CJ, Thurman A, Zhu J, Brooks W, Mladenoff DJ, Cogbill C, Record S, Dietze MC. Estimating pre-settlement vegetation in the American Midwest: Exploring climate relationships and links to proxy data for robust data assimilation. International Biogeography Society Biennial Meeting. January 2013, Miami, FL.
  • Goring S. Holocene reconstructions for British Columbia, Canada using pollen as a proxy for climate: applications, validation and trepidation. Climate People and the Environment Program Seminar Series. Feb 24, 2012. Madison, WI.
  • Goring S, Mathewes R. Towards a comprehensive Holocene temperature and precipitation record for British Columbia using a pollen-based multi-method approach. CANQUA - GeoHydro 2011. August 28 – September 1, 2011. Quebec City, QC.
  • Goring S, Mathewes RW, Lacourse T, Pellatt MG. Match and Mismatch: Pollen-Based Climate Reconstruction and the Instrumental Records from Southwestern British Columbia, Canada. 8th European Paleobotany – Palynology Conference. July 2010. Budapest, Hungary.
  • Goring SJ, Lacourse T, Pellatt MG, Walker IR & RW Mathewes. Multivariate climate reconstruction using a modern pollen database for British Columbia. IPC/IOPC. August 31, 2008. Bonn, Germany.
  • Goring SJ & RW Mathewes. Southwestern British Columbia Revisited: Paleoclimatic History. Botany 2008. July 28, 2008. Vancouver, British Columbia.

Selected Conference Posters

  • Goring S, Williams JW, Jenkins J, Uhen MD, Peters S, McClellen M. 2017. Earthlife Consortium - Open API Development to Support Long Time-Scale Biogeoscience. EarthCube All Hands Meeting. 2017, Seattle, WA.
  • Goring S, Williams JW, Kujawa E, Dawson A. Vegetation and Pollen signals of the Anthropocene, changing signals, changing scales. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Decembe r 2015, San Francisco, CA.
  • Goring S, et al.  Effects of Euro-American settlement and historic climate variability on species-climate relationships and the co-occurrence of dominant tree species. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, December 2013, San Francisco, CA.
  • Williams JW, Goring S, Brooks W, Cogbill C, Dietze M, Jackson S, McLachlan J, Mladenoff D, Paciorek C, Thurman A, Zhu J and PalEON Participants. Forest composition and biomass at Euroamerican settlement in the upper Great Lakes. AGU Fall Meeting, Dec. 2012.
  • Goring SJ, Williams JW, Dietze MC, Jackson ST, Mladenoff D, Cogbill C, Zhu J, Thurman A, Brooks W. Reliable gridded estimates of pre-settlement vegetation for the Upper Midwest from Public Land Survey Data. American Quaternary Association Meeting, June 2012.
  • Goring SJ, Lacourse T, Pellatt MG, & RW Mathewes. How sensitive are pollen-based climate models to large-scale vegetation change? An example from Marion Lake, British Columbia. CANQUA. May 4-8th 2009. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Kuhn TS, Goring SJ & AO Mooers. Late-Quaternary extinctions and the shape of the Mammalian tree of life. CANQUA. May 4-8th 2009. Vancouver, British Columbia.

Awards and Recognition

2016 EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer (National)
2015 Climate Informatics 2015 ($1100 Travel Grant - National)
2015 EarthCube Early Career Travel Grant ($500 - National)
2011 CANQUA – Alexis Dreimanis Award ($2000 – National)
2011 President’s Research Stipend ($6,250 –Simon Fraser University)
2009 NSERC PGS-D3 Scholarship ($63,000 – National Scholarship)
2009 AASP – The Palynological Society – Conference Travel Grant ($250USD)
2009 CANQUA – Student Poster Award (3rd Place with TS Kuhn - $100)
2008 Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Poster Award ($500)
2008 Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship ($6000)
2007 Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Scholarship ($390 - Iowa State University)
2004 van Adrichem Summer Research Bursary ($600 - UNBC)
1999 JB Goodhew Award (Recognition, Sir Sanford Fleming College)

University, Academic and Public Service

University Service

2009 Biological Sciences Graduate Student Council (SFU)
2006 Faculty Search Committee – Two NSERC Canada Research Chair Tier II positions (SFU)
2002 – 2004 Student Senator (UNBC)

Academic Service

2018 Organizing Committee – NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting
2017 EarthCube All-Hands Meeting Chair
2016 – 2018 EarthCube Leadership Council
2016 – 2018 EarthCube Engagement Committee Chair
2015 Program Committee – Climate Informatics 2015
2015 Developed Early Career Travel Grant & Distinguished Lecturer program for the EarthCube Engagement Team
2014 - 2015 Organizing Committee – NSF EarthCube All Hands Meeting
2014 - 2015 Engagement Team – NSF EarthCube Program
2014 – Pres. Editorial Board – Open Quaternary
2014 Blog Manager – Open Quaternary (
2013 PalEON Settlement Vegetation Workshop Organizer, Madison, WI
2012 – Pres. Canadian Association of Palynologists Executive, International Federation of Palynological Societies representative
2011 PalEON Settlement Vegetation Workshop Organizer, Madison, WI
2010 Neotoma Consortium Workshop, Participant, Madison, WI
2009 AASP – The Palynological Society Annual Meeting – Copy editor


Geoscientific Model Development, Journal of Biogeography, Environment and Sustainability, Journal of Maps, Frontiers in Biogeography, Journal of Ecology, American Midland Naturalist, Ecology Letters, Open Ecology Journal, Geology, Environmental Modelling and Software, Climate of the Past, Earth Science Reviews, Quaternary Science Reviews, Frontiers in Paleoecology, PLOS One, Ecology and Evolution

Public Service

Present Board member – Kids Sing Chorus ( - from 2015
2017 What lakes know about woolly mammoths (Grade 3 presentation and exercise, Lord Selkirk Elementary)
2015 Storytelling with Data – An introduction to data science (Two half-day workshops) IT Academy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
2010 Why is Paleoecology Awesome? (Talk) East Side High School, Vancouver, BC
2009 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic analysis of pollen assemblages.
2005 - 2011 Big Brothers, In-School Mentoring Program, Vancouver, BC