Author: Packrat Middens and
Packrat Midden Research in the
U. S. Geological Survey Southwest Science Center
Colorado Plateau Field Station
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 5614
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Web page: http://www.usgs.nau.edu/staff/kcole.html
- Current Positions:
- Adjunct Professor, Quaternary Studies Program and College of Ecosystem
Management, Northern Arizona University
- Research Ecologist, USGS/Southwest Science Center
- Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1981
- M.S., Biology, California State University, Los Angeles, 1974
- B.S., Biosciences, University of Southern California, 1971
- Research Interests:
- Quaternary Geology, Paleoecology, Global Change, Settlement History,
- Recent Grants and Awards:
- Past, Recent, and Twenty-first Century vegetation change in the arid
southwest. Proposal funded by the USGS Global Change Research Program
(with K. Thomas and S. Arundel).
- Grazing impacts and history at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Funded through the USGS National Resource Protection Program (with J.
Belnap, C. Drost, T. Graham, and D. Willey).
- Roots of agriculture in southern Arabia: reconstructing human economic
choices and landscape management in changing mid-Holocene paleoenvironments.
Proposal funded by the National Science Foundation (with J. S.
McCorriston, S. Banerjee, and E. Oches).
- Selected Publications:
- Cole, K. L. and L. K. Murray. 1999. Paleoenvironments of Capitol Reef
National Park reconstructed from fossil packrat middens. Proceedings
of the 4th biennial Conference on Research on The Colorado
Plateau, van Riper, (Ed).
- Cole, K. L., in press, A multiple-scale history of past and
ongoing vegetation change within the Indiana Dunes, In, Handbook
for discovering historic ecosystems, D. Egan and E. Howell (eds.),
Island Press, CA.
- Cole, K. L. and G. Liu. 1994. Holocene paleoecology of an estuary
on Santa Rosa Island, California. Quaternary Research, 41:326-335.
- Cole, Kenneth L., M. B. Davis, F. Stearns, G. Guntenspergen, and K.
Walker. 1998. Historical Land Cover Changes in the Great Lakes Region,
In, Perspectives on the Land use History of North America: A context
for understanding our changing environment, T.D. Sisk (ed.). U.S.
Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, USGS/BRD/BSR-1998-0003.
- Cole, Kenneth L., N. L. Henderson, and D. S. Shafer. 1997. Late Holocene
vegetation and historic grazing impacts at Capitol Reef National Park,
UT, reconstructed using fossil packrat middens. Great Basin Naturalist,
- Cole, K. L. 1995. Current rates of vegetation change in national parks.
In, LaRow, E.T., Farris, G.S., Pucket C. E., and Doran, P.B. (eds.),
Our living resources 1994: A report to the nation on the distribution,
abundance, and health of U.S. plants,animals, and ecosystems. National
Biological Service, Washington, D.C.
- Cole, K. L. 1995. Mixed assemblages and the regression fallacy. In,
Late Quaternary Environments and deep history: a tribute to Paul
S. Martin, Mead, J., and Steadman, D., (eds.), The Mammoth Site,
Hot Springs, South Dakota.
- Cole, K. L. 1990. Reconstruction of past desert vegetation along the
Colorado River using packrat middens.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology,
and Palaeoecology 76: 349-366.
- Cole, K. L. 1990. Late Quaternary vegetation Gradients through the
Grand Canyon. In, Fossil packrat middens: The last 40,000 years
of biotic change in the arid west, J. L. Betancourt, P. S. Martin,
and T. R. Van Devender (eds), University of Arizona Press, Tucson AZ.
- Cole, K. L. 1986. The lower Colorado Valley: A Pleistocene Desert.
Quaternary Research 25:392-400.