Current Lab Members

Associate Professor Jia Hu – Principal Investigator


Dr. Jia Hu (pronounced Jah Who) is Associate Professor and Associate Director in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at University of Arizona and Affiliate Faculty at the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research. You can hear more about her journey from graduate school to her current position at: Rock Your Research.


Phone:  +1 (520) 621-1062

Office: N229, ENR2

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Yuriko Yano, PhD – Research Assistant Professor


Dr Yano is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University. Her expertise include soil ecology and biogeochemistry.

Kinzie Bailey – PhD Student

Kinzie is a PhD student who joined the lab in 2017. She is conducting a study to determine the difference in water use between juniper and willow and the effects of removal on stream water availability.


Brandon Strange – PhD student

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Brandon is a PhD student who joined the lab in 2018. He is interested in applying an ecophysiological perspective to the tree ring record.


Collin Gillespie – MS student


Collin is a MS student who joined the lab in 2022. He is conducting a study with The Nature Conservancy looking at water use dynamics among velvet mesquite stands of different ages and densities along a riparian corridor.


Maquelle Garcia – Visiting PhD student

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Maquelle is a PhD student, visiting from the Instituto National de Pesquisas de Amazonia in Brazil. She has been examining the hydraulic traits of many trees growing in the Amazon.

Maquelle is visiting to learn about tree ring isotope analyses.

Lab Alumni

Paul Szejner – Postdoctoral Fellow, UNAM, Mexico
Justin Martin – PhD graduate, currently a postdoc with the Northern Rockies USGS
Claire Qubain – MS graduate
Timothy Clute – MS graduate
Nate Looker – MS graduate, currently pursuing a PhD at University of Minnesota
Sara Nerby – Undergraduate (Hopa Science Award)
Corinne Moss – Undergraduate (USP Award)
Sara Amish – Undergraduate (IoE Fellow and USP Award)
Taylor Simpson – Undergraduate (IoE Fellow and USP Award)
Jason Roehrig – MFA Science & Natural History Filmmaking
Eric Anderson – graduate student in Microbiology and Immunology at MSU