Kevin Anchukaitis

Assistant Scientist

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Department of Geology and Geophysics

266 Woods Hole Rd. MS #23

Woods Hole, MA 02543

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‡ Li, X., S. St. George, and K.J. Anchukaitis, Forward modeling of tree-climate relations across the Northern Hemisphere, Global Ecology and Biogeography, submitted, 2015.

Cook, B.I., K.J. Anchukaitis, R Touchan, D.M. Meko, and E.R. Cook, Mediterranean drought variability over the last millennium, submitted, 2015.

DiCosmo, N. and K.J. Anchukaitis, Climate as a factor in the Mongol withdrawal from Hungary in 1242, submitted, 2015.

Karnauskas, K.B., J.P. Donnelly, K.J. Anchukaitis, An intercomparison of monthly surface air temperature on islands and proximate moorings across the tropical Indo–Pacific, in review, 2015.

Karnauskas, K.B., J.P. Donnelly, K.J. Anchukaitis, Future freshwater stress for island populations, in revision, 2015.

Anchukaitis, K.J., B. I. Cook, E. R. Cook, B.M. Buckley, Z. Fan, Mekong River flow reconstructed from tree rings, in revision, 2015.

‡ Fleming, L.E. and K.J. Anchukaitis, North Pacific decadal variability in the CMIP5 last millennium simulations, in revision, Climate Dynamics, 2015


‡ Hernandez, M., C. C. Ummenhofer, K.J. Anchukaitis, Multi-scale drought and ocean-atmosphere variability in monsoon Asia, Environmental Research Letters, 10, 0740102015, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/074010, 2015.

Davi, N. , R. D'Arrigo, G.C. Jacoby, E.R. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis, B. Nachin, M.P. Rao, C. Leland, A long-term context (931--2005 C.E.) for rapid warming over central Asia, Quaternary Science Reviews, 14, 1, 89-97, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.020, 2015. [Earth Institute] [LDEO]

Tierney, J.E., N.J. Abram, K.J. Anchukaitis, M.N. Evans, C. Giry, H. Kilbourne, C.P. Saenger, H. Wu, J. Zinke, Tropical sea-surface temperatures for the past four centuries reconstructed from coral archives, Paleoceanography, 30(3), 226-252 doi: 10.1002/2014PA002717, 2015.


D’Arrigo, R.D., R. Wilson, G. Wiles, K.J. Anchukaitis, O. Solomina, N. Davi, C. Deser, V. Matskovsky, E. Dolgova, Tree-ring reconstructed temperature index for coastal northern Japan: implications for western North Pacific variability, International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.4230, 2014.

† Griffin, D. and K.J. Anchukaitis, How unusual is the 2012-2014 California drought? Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2014GL062433, 2014. [UMN] [WHOI] [Mercury News] [Climate Central] [LA Observed] [USA Today] [Salon] [Washington Post] [io9] [Earth+Sky] [538] [Scientific American] [NBC] [Smithsonian] [LA Times] [Time] [KPCC] [MPR] [KQED] [Buzzfeed] [EOS]

Anchukaitis, K.J., M. J. Taylor, C. Leland, D. Pons, J. Martin-Fernandez, E. Castellanos, Tree-ring reconstructed dry season rainfall in Guatemala, Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2407-y, 2014.

Touchan, R., D. Meko, K.J. Anchukaitis, Dendroclimatology in the Eastern Mediterranean, Radiocarbon, 54(4): S61-S68, doi: 10.2458/azu_rc.56.18321, 2014.

Anchukaitis, K.J. and N. McKay, PAGES2k: Advances in Climate Field Reconstructions, PAGES Magazine, 22(2):98, 2014. [PDF]

PAGES2k Consortium (Kaufman, D., K.J. Anchukaitis, U. Buentgen, J. Emile-Geay, M.N. Evans, H. Goosse, J. Luterbacher, J.E. Smerdon, L. von Gunten), A framework for community-driven climate reconstructions during the past two millennia, EOS, 95(40):361-362, doi:10.1002/2014EO400001, 2014.

† Martin-Benito, D., N. Pederson, M. McDonald, P.J. Krusic, B.M. Buckley, K.J. Anchukaitis, R. D’Arrigo, L. Andreu-Hayles, and E. Cook. Dendrochronological dating of the World Trade Center ship, Lower Manhattan, New York City, Tree-Ring Research, 70(2), 65-77, doi: 10.3959/1536-1098-70.2.65, 2014. [Scientific American] [Discovery] [Huffington Post] [NPR] [NY Times] [C-SPAN] [Discovery (2)] [History Channel] [New York Observer] [National Geographic] [History Channel] [Washington Post] [Gizmodo] [io9] [Telegraph (UK)] [Boston Globe] [NBC Nightly News] [Philadelphia Inquirer] [Mashable] [CNN] [The New Yorker]

Wiles, G.C., O. Solomina, R.D. D’Arrigo, K.J. Anchukaitis, Y. V. Gensiarovsky, N. Wiesenberg, Reconstructed summer temperatures over the last 400 years based on larch ring widths: Sakhalin Island, Russian Far East, Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2209-2, 2014.

Pederson, N., A. Hessl, N. Baatarbileg, K.J. Anchukaitis, and N. DiCosmo, Pluvials, Droughts, the Mongol Empire, and Modern Mongolia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(12):4375-4379, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1318677111, 2014. [NSF] [National Geographic][Time] [Los Angeles Times] [ BBC][Smithsonian] [USA Today] [Science] [io9][The Independent (UK)] [Climate Central ] [The Conversation (AUS)] [ABC (AUS)] [Der Spiegel] [Bloomberg] [Seattle Post-Intelligencer-] [Christian Science Monitor] [The Week] [Scientific American] [PBS NewsHour] [The Times (UK)] [Discover Magazine] [BBC World Service] [Quirks and Quarks] [NY Times]

Touchan, R., K.J. Anchukaitis, V.V. Shishov, F. Sivrikaya, J. Attieh, M. Ketmen, J. Stephan, I. Mitsopoulos, A. Christou, D.M. Meko. Spatial Patterns of Eastern Mediterranean Climate Influence on Tree Growth, The Holocene, 24(4):381-392, doi:10.1177/0959683613518594, 2014.


D’Arrigo, R.D., R. Wilson, K.J. Anchukaitis, Volcanic cooling signal in tree-ring temperature reconstructions for the past millennium, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 9000–9010, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50692, 2013. [AGU Research Spotlight]

‡ Tolwinski-Ward, S.E., K.J. Anchukaitis, M.N.Evans, Bayesian parameter estimation and interpretation for an intermediate model of tree-ring width, Climate of the Past, 9, 1481–1493, doi:10.5194/cp-9-1481-2013, 2013.

Evans, M.N, S.E. Tolwinski-Ward, D.M. Thompson, K.J. Anchukaitis, Applications of proxy system modeling in high resolution paleoclimatology, Quaternary Science Reviews, 76, 16–28, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.05.0242013, 2013.

Anchukaitis, K.J., R.D.D’Arrigo, L.Andreu-Hayles, D.Frank, A.Verstege, B.M.Buckley, A.Curtis, G.C. Jacoby, E.R. Cook, Tree-ring reconstructed summer temperatures from northwestern North America during the last nine centuries, Journal of Climate, 26, 10, 3001–3012, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00139.1, 2013. [Reconstruction Data] [ITRDB]

PAGES 2k Consortium (M. Ahmed, K.J. Anchukaitis, A. Asrat, H.P. Borgaonkar, M. Braida, B.M. Buckley, U. Buntgen, B.M. Chase, D.A. Christie, E.R. Cook, M.A.J. Curran, H.F. Diaz, J.Esper, Z-X. Fan, N.P. Gaire, Q. Ge, J. Gergis, J.F. Gonzalez-Rouco, H. Goosse, S.W. Grab, N. Graham, R. Graham, M. Grosjean, S.T. Hanhijarvi, D.S. Kaufman, T. Kiefer, K. Kimura, A.A. Korhola, P.J. Krusic, A. Lara, A-M. Lezine, F.C. Ljungqvist, A.M. Lorrey, J. Luterbacher, V. Masson-Delmotte, D. McCarroll, J.R. McConnell, N.P. McKay, M.S. Morales, A.D. Moy, R. Mulvaney, I.A. Mundo, T. Nakatsuka, D.J. Nash, R. Neukom, S.E. Nicholson, H. Oerter, J.G. Palmer, S.J. Phipps, M.R. Prieto, A. Rivera, M. Sano, M. Severi, T.M. Shanahan, X. Shao, F. Shi, M. Sigl, J.E. Smerdon, O.N. Solomina, E.J. Steig, B. Stenni, M. Thamban, V. Trouet, C.S.M. Turney, M. Umer, T. van Ommen, D. Verschuren, A.E. Viau, R. Villalba, B.M. Vinther, L. von Gunten, S. Wagner, E.R. Wahl, H. Wanner, J.P. Werner, J.W.C. White, K. Yasue, E. Zorita), Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia, Nature Geoscience, 6, 339–346, doi:10.1038/ngeo1797, 2013. [Press Release] [DotEarth] [NOAA] [NSF]

† Bell, A.R., D.E. Osgood, B.I. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis, G.R. McCarney, A.M. Greene, B.M. Buckley, E.R. Cook, Paleoclimate histories improve access and sustainability in index insurance programs, Global Environmental Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.03.003, 2013.

Anchukaitis, K.J., M. Taylor, J. Martin-Fernandez, D. Pons, M. Dell, C. Chopp, E. Castellanos, Annual chronology and climate response in Abies guatemalensis Rehder (Pinaceae) in Central America, The Holocene, 23, 2, 270–277, doi:10.1177/0959683612455548, 2013.

Tierney, J.E., J.E. Smerdon, K.J. Anchukaitis, R. Seager, Decadal-scale East African hydroclimate controlled by the Indian Ocean, Nature, 493, 389–392, doi:10.1038/nature11785, 2013. [Data]

† Beck, P.S.A., R.D. D’Arrigo, K.J. Anchukaitis, C.J. Tucker, J.E. Pinzo ́n, S.J. Goetz, A large-scale coherent signal of canopy status in maximum latewood density of tree rings at arctic treeline in North America, Global and Planetary Change, 100, 109–118, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.10.005, 2013.

Ummenhofer, C.C., R.D. D'Arrigo, K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, E.R. Cook, Links between Indo-Pacific Climate Variability and Drought in the Monsoon Asia Drought Atlas, Climate Dynamics, 40, 5--6, 1319--1334, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1458-1, 2013.


Cook, E.R., P.J. Krusic, K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, T. Nakatsuka, M. Sano and the PAGES Asia 2k members, Tree-ring reconstructed summer temperature anomalies for temperate East Asia since 800 C.E., Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1611-x, 2012.

Anchukaitis, K.J., P. Breitenmoser, K. R. Briffa, A. Buchwal, U. Buntgen, E. R. Cook, R. D. D’Arrigo, J. Esper, M.N. Evans, D. Frank, H. Grudd, B. Gunnarson, M.K. Hughes, A.V. Kirdyanov, C. Korner, P. Krusic, B. Luckman, T.M. Melvin, M.W. Salzer, A.V. Shashkin, C. Timmreck, E.A. Vaganov, R. Wilson, Tree rings and volcanic cooling, Nature Geoscience, 5, 836–837, doi:10.1038/ngeo1645, 2012.

Anchukaitis, K.J. and J.E. Tierney, Identifying coherent spatiotemporal modes in time-uncertain proxy paleoclimate records, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1483-0, 2012.

Cook, B.I., A.R. Bell, K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, Snow and precipitation impacts on dry season streamflow in the Lower Mekong Basin, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, D16116, doi:10.1029/2012JD017708, 2012.

Cook, B.I., K.J. Anchukaitis, J.O. Kaplan, M. Puma, M. Kelley, D. Gueyffier, Pre-Columbian deforestation as an amplifier of drought in Mesoamerica, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2012GL052565, 2012. [Earth Institute] [UPI] [io9] [CBC] [Huffington Post] [Discover Magazine] [Summit County Voice] [MSNBC] [Christian Science Monitor] [Smithsonian]

Pederson, N., A.R. Bell, T.A. Knight, C. Leland, N. Malcomb, K.J. Anchukaitis, K. Tackett, J. Scheff, A. Brice, B. Catron, W. Blozan, J. Riddle, Long-term perspective on a modern drought in the American Southeast, Environmental Research Letters, 7, 014034, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/1/014034, 2012. [Data] [Earth Institute] [Environmental Research Web] [Scientific American]

D'Arrigo, R.D., K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, E.R. Cook, R. Wilson, Regional climatic and North Atlantic Oscillation signatures in West Virginia red cedar over the past millennium, Global and Planetary Change, 84–85, 8–13, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.07.003, 2012.


† Andreu-Hayles, L., R.D. D'Arrigo, K.J. Anchukaitis, P. Beck, D. Frank, A. Verstege, S. Goetz, Varying boreal forest response to Arctic environmental change at the Firth River, Alaska, Environmental Research Letters, 6, 045503, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045503, 2011. [Earth Institute] [DotEarth] [UPI] [EarthSky] [Alaska Dispatch] [NSF]

† Bell, A.E., B.I. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, E.R. Cook, Repurposing climate reconstructions for drought prediction in southeast Asia, Climatic Change, 106(4), 691-698, doi:10.1007/s10584-011-0064-2, 2011.

Meko, D.M., R. Touchan, K.J. Anchukaitis, SEASCORR: a MATLAB program for identifying the seasonal climate signal in an annual tree-ring time series, Computers and Geosciences, 37(9), 1234-1241, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.01.013, 2011.

Vaganov, E.A., K.J. Anchukaitis, M.N. Evans, How well understood are the processes that create dendroclimatic records? A mechanistic model of climatic control on conifer tree-ring growth dynamics, in M.K. Hughes, T.W. Swetnam, and H.F. Diaz (eds), Dendroclimatology: Progress and Prospects, Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research, 11(2), 37-75, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-5725-0_3, 2011. [preprint]

† Andreu-Hayles, L., O. Planells, E. Gutierrez, E. Muntan, G. Helle, K.J. Anchukaitis, G. Schleser, Long tree-ring chronologies reveal 20th century increases in water-use efficiency but no enhancement of tree growth at five Iberian pine forests, Global Change Biology, 17(6), 2095-2112, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02373.x, 2011.

Cook, B.I., E.R. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis, R. Seager, R. L. Miller, Forced and Unforced Variability of 20th Century North American Droughts and Pluvials, Climate Dynamics, 37, 1097-1110, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0897-9, 2011.


Anchukaitis, K.J., B.M. Buckley, E.R. Cook, B.I. Cook, R.D. D'Arrigo, C.M. Ammann, The influence of volcanic eruptions on the climate of the Asian monsoon region, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L22703, doi:10.1029/2010GL044843, 2010. [Earth Institute] [NSF] [Reuters] [Scientific American] [Discovery]
[Der Spiegel] [Yale 360] []

‡ Tolwinski-Ward, S.E., M.N. Evans, M.K. Hughes, K.J. Anchukaitis, An efficient forward model of the climate controls on interannual variation in tree-ring width, Climate Dynamics, 36(11-12): 2419-2439, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0945-5, 2010. [Erratum] [Model @ NCDC]

Cook, E.R., K.J. Anchukaitis, B.M. Buckley, R.D. D'Arrigo, G.C. Jacoby, W.E. Wright, Asian monsoon failure and megadrought during the last millennium, Science, 328(5977), 486-489, doi:10.1126/science.1185188, 2010. [Data: NCDC | INGRID] [Science] [Earth Institute] [NSF] [Nature] [Discovery] [CBC] [ABC] [Voice of America] [The Independent] [Japan Times] [Agence France-Presse]

Touchan, R., K.J. Anchukaitis, D.M. Meko, M. Sabir, S. Attalah, A. Aloui, Spatiotemporal drought variability in northwestern Africa over the last nine centuries, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0804-4, 2010. [UA] [Earth Institute]

Buckley, B.M., K.J. Anchukaitis, D. Penny, R. Fletcher, E.R. Cook, M. Sano, Le Canh Nam, A. Wichienkeeo, Ton That Minh, Truong Mai Hong, Climate as a contributing factor in the demise of Angkor, Cambodia, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(15), 6748-6752, doi:10.1073/pnas.0910827107, 2010. [Data, ITRDB] [Earth Institute] [NSF] [LA Times] [MSNBC] [Not Exactly Rocket Science] [Voice of America] [Der Spiegel] [USA Today] [Environmental Research Web] [Quirks and Quarks] [Washington Post] [3 Quarks Daily] [Summit County Voice] [Columbia Magazina]

Anchukaitis, K.J. and M.N. Evans, Tropical cloud forest climate variability and the demise of the Monteverde Golden Toad, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(11), 5036-5040, doi:10.1073/pnas.0908572107, 2010. [Data] [Science News] [Environmental Research Web] [Earth Institute]

Cook, B.I., E.R. Cook, K.J. Anchukaitis, P. Huth, J.E. Thompson, S. Smiley, A homogeneous record (1896-2006) of daily meteorology and climate at Mohonk Lake, New York, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 544-555, doi:10.1175/2009JAMC2221.1, 2010. [Earth Institute] [Reuters] [Climate Central]


Shanahan, T.M, J.T. Overpeck, K.J. Anchukaitis, J.W. Beck, J.E. Cole, D. Dettman, J. Peck, C.A. Scholz, J. King, Atlantic forcing of persistent drought in West Africa, Science, 324(5925), 377-380, doi:10.1126/science.1166352, 2009. [Data @ NCDC] [New York Times] [BBC] [DotEarth] [New Scientist] [UA] [Earth Institute]

McCarroll, D., M.H. Gagen, N.J, Loader, I. Robertson, K.J. Anchukaitis, S.O. Los, R. Jalkanen, A. Kirchefer, J.S. Waterhouse, Correction of tree ring stable carbon isotope chronologies for changes in the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73(6), 1539-1547, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2008.11.041, 2009. [Erratum]

D'Arrigo, R.D., G. Jacoby, B.M. Buckley, J. Sakulich, D. Frank, R. Wilson, A. Curtis, K.J. Anchukaitis, Tree growth and inferred temperature variability at the North American Arctic treeline, Global and Planetary Change, 65(1-2), 71-82, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2008.10.0112008, 2009.


Anchukaitis, K.J., M.N. Evans, N.T. Wheelwright, and D.P. Schrag, Isotope chronology and climate signal calibration in neotropical cloud forest trees, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, G03030, doi:10.1029/2007JG000613, 2008.

Touchan, R., K.J. Anchukaitis, D.M. Meko, S. Attalah, C. Baisan, and A. Aloui, The long term context for recent drought in northwestern Africa, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L13705, doi:10.1029/2008GL034264, 2008. [Science Editors' Choice] [AGU Journal Highlights]

D'Arrigo, R., P. Baker, J. Palmer, K.J. Anchukaitis, and G. Cook, Experimental reconstruction of monsoon drought variability for Australasia using tree rings and corals, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L12709, doi:10.1029/2008GL034393, 2008.

Anchukaitis, K.J., M.N. Evans, T. Lange, D.R. Smith., D.P. Schrag, and S.W. Leavitt, Consequences of a rapid cellulose extraction technique for oxygen isotope and radiocarbon analyses, Analytical Chemistry, 80, 2035-2041, doi:10.1021/ac7020272, 2008.


Gagen, M., D. McCarroll, N.J. Loader, I. Robertson, R. Jalkanen, and K.J. Anchukaitis, Exorcising the 'segment length curse': summer temperature reconstruction since AD1640 using non-detrended stable carbon isotope ratios from pine trees in Finnish Lapland, The Holocene, 17, 435-446, doi:10.1177/0959683607077012, 2007.


Anchukaitis, K.J., M.N. Evans, A. Kaplan, E.A. Vaganov, M.K. Hughes, H.D. Grissino-Mayer, and M.A. Cane, Forward modeling of regional-scale tree-ring patterns in the southeastern United States and the recent emergence of summer drought stress, Geophysical Research Letters, 33(4), L04705, doi:10.1029/2005GL025050, 2006.

Evans, M.N., B.K. Reichert, A. Kaplan, K.J. Anchukaitis, E.A. Vaganov, M.K. Hughes, and M.A. Cane, A forward modeling approach to paleoclimatic interpretation of tree-ring data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, G03008, doi:10.1029/2006JG000166, 2006.


Anchukaitis, K.J. and S.P. Horn, A 2000-year reconstruction of forest disturbance from southern Pacific Costa Rica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 221(1-2), doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2005.02.003, 35-54, 2005.