Alexander (Zan) Stine cv

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Climate Sciences
San Francisco State University
Office: 517 Thornton Hall
Phone: 415-338-1209
1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94132 USA
stine [at] sfsu dot edu
Link to me on department faculty webpage



Publications
  • AR Stine and P Huybers, Arctic tree rings as recorders of variations in light availability , Nature Communications, 5:3836 doi: 10.1038/ncomms4836, 2014 PDF (1.0 MB) Supplement (1.0 MB)
  • KA McKinnon, AR Stine, and P Huybers, The spatial structure of the seasonal cycle in surface temperature: amplitude, phase, and Lagrangian history , Journal of Climate, 26(20), pp. 7852-7862, 2013 PDF (1.0 MB)
  • F Ludlow, AR Stine, P Leahy, E Murphy, PA Mayewski, D Taylor, J Killen, MGL Baillie, M Hennessy, and G Kiely Medieval Irish chronicles reveal persistent volcanic forcing of severe winter cold events, 431--1649 CE , Environmental Research Letters, 8(2),2013, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024035 PDF (1.0 MB)
  • AR Stine, P Huybers, Changes in the seasonal cycle of temperature and atmospheric circulation , Journal of Climate, 2012, 25: 7362-7380, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00470.1 PDF (1.8 MB)
  • FH Lambert, AR Stine, NY Krakauer, JCH Chiang, How much will precipitation increase with global warming? , EOS, 2008, 89(21): 193-194, doi: 10.1029/2007ES001938 PDF (124 KB)
  • P Lurie, CM Almeida, N Stine, AR Stine, SM Wolfe, Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Voting Patterns at Food and Drug Administration Committee Meetings, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2006, 295(16): 1921-1928 PDF (112 KB)
  • KM Fischer, EM Parmentier, AR Stine, ER Wolf, Modeling anisotropy and plate-driven flow in the Tonga subduction zone back arc Journal of Geophysical Research, 2000, 105(B7): 16181-16191, PDF (1.5 MB)

Current Research Topics
    Annual Cycle of Surface Temperature
    The vast majority of the variability observed in the instrumental surface temperature record is at annual frequencies. Systematic changes have occurred in the amplitude and phase of the annual cycle of surface temperature over the past half century, which appear to be related to seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation over the same period. I am interested in understanding natural and anthropogenic influences on variability in seasonality, and how we can distinguish them from one another.
    Tree Rings
    Because tree-ring growth is correlated with temperature at many locations, long tree-ring records have been used to infer the temperature history of the Earth before the advent of the thermometer. However, in later part of the 20th century many of these tree rings ceased to track temperature, suggesting a large-scale change in the way the terrestrial biosphere responds to climate. This recent behavior, known as the "tree-ring divergence problem," represents not only a problem for climate reconstructions -- it is an important ecological problem in its own right. I am interested in understanding the effects of climate upon tree growth, and on how the multiple influences on tree growth effect our ability to interpret tree rings as a record of past climates.

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