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About Aquila Flower

I am a broadly trained geographer with research interests that fall within the intersection of climatology and biogeography. My research focuses on the role of climatic variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances in shaping forest, coastal, and alpine ecosystem dynamics. I teach physical geography and geospatial techniques courses.

Research Interests: Climate, natural disturbances, and human land use patterns shape forests at multiple spatial scales. A detailed understanding of these socio-ecological dynamics is crucial for sustainably managing forests in the face of changing climatic conditions and evolving land use goals. My research focuses on understanding the complex, interactive effects of these factors on forested ecosystems in western North America. I use a multidisciplinary suite of dendrochronological, ecological, statistical, and geospatial methods to examine ecosystem dynamics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.


2013 - Present Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Western Washington University College of the Environment
Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Western Expert
Present Co-Director, Western Washington University Institute of Spatial Information and Analysis, Huxley College of the Environment
2013 - 2021 Associate Professor, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment

Curriculum Vitae

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  • ENVS 503 - Communicating Research Results
  • ENVS 428/528 - Biogreography
  • ENVS 422/522 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • ENVS 421/521 - GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications
  • ENVS 420/520 - GIS III: Analysis & Modeling
  • ENVS 326 - Climatology
  • Envs 320/517 - GIS I: Introduction to GIScience
  • ENVS 203 - Physical Geography


Ph.D., University of Oregon ‐ Department of Geography
MS, Univeristy of Victoria ‐ Department of Geography
BA, Humboldt State University ‐ Department of Geography

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Studies
Arntzen Hall 202
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
Mail Stop 9085

Office phone: 360-650-6487


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (13)

Recent Works (1)

Professional and Technical Reports (5)

Presentations (5)