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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 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 forest dynamics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.


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

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • WWU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Small Grant. “Three Centuries of Synchronous Forest Defoliator Outbreaks in Western North America”. $1,495. 2016.
  • Faculty Development Summer Grant. Open Source Resource Development for ENVS 203: Physical Geography. $4,000. 2016.
  • Puget Sound Partnership 2016 Action Agenda - Near Term Action. Puget Sound Partnership. “Salish Sea Geospatial Clearinghouse”. Accepted as part of the Puget Sound Partnership’s slated projects,


  • ENVS 503 - Communicating Research Results
  • ENVS 428/528 - Biogreography
  • ENVS 422/522 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • ENVS 421/521 - GIS IV: Advanced Applications
  • ENVS 420/520 - GIS III: Analysis & Modeling
  • ENVS 326 - Climatology
  • Envs 320/597M - 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 (11)

Professional and Technical Reports (5)

Presentations (4)