Dan Smith

Dan Smith
Position
Professor
Alpine geomorphology; dendrochronology
Contact
Office: DTB B123a

Research

My research interests focus on the temporal and spatial impacts of fluctuating climates on alpine geomorphic processes in the Canadian cordillera.

Observations at high-mountain locations in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Coast Mountains of British Columbia and the Vancouver Island Ranges have resulted in the presentation of a growing body of evidence on the impacts of changed climates during the Holocene.

The research is tied to an attempt to characterize the geomorphic significance of distinctive suites of processes at various intervals over the last millennia.

Our research presently focuses on understanding the physical glaciological response of perennial ice in this region to changes in climate. A broad appreciation for the magnitude of climatic change has been gleaned from high-resolution tree-ring analysis.

These insights are being compared to corollary field investigations at a variety of sites to evaluate individual glacier responses to Holocene climates.

Teaching

Field Studies in Physical Geography

Publications