Irina Panyushkina

Associate Research Professor

Research Interests:   

Climate Change, Dendrochronology, Paleoclimatology, Environmental Archaeology
Ongoing projects: 
  • Yenisey River Hydrology and Arctic Warming Amplification 
  • Societal Response of past civilizations to changes of aridity in Central Asia (last 3000 yrs) 
  • Ob River hydroclimatic variability for the last 1000 years, Siberia
Geography of Research Projects:   
Central Asia & Northern Eurasia 
Great Lakes & Pacific Northwest 
Common Era, Holocene, Late Pleistocene  

Irina P. Panyushkina became a faculty member of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the University of Arizona in 2006. Her doctoral and post-doctoral work at the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Russian Academy of Science.  She is a Fulbright awardee from U.S. State Department and has developed and directed over a dozen research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the CRDF Global. As an active member of the post-Soviet scientific community, Dr. Panyushkina facilitates collaborative research in Paleogeography and Dendrochronology between investigators of the United States and Europe throughout Russia and Kazakhstan. The majority of her projects investigate environmental change and climate variability with tree-ring proxies.  Current research focuses on understanding past climate-human society interactions.   

Selected publications:
Meko D.M., Panyushkina I.P, AgafonovL.I., Edwards J.A., 2020. Impact of high flows of an Arctic river on ring widths of floodplain trees. The Holocene. 10.1177/0959683620902217.
Panyushkina I.P., Meko D.M., Macklin M.G., Toonen W.H.J., Mukhamedeiv M.M., Konovalov V.G., Ashikbaev N.Z., Sagitov A.O. 2018. Runoff variations in Lake Balkhash Basin, Central Asia, 1779 to 2015, inferred from tree rings. Climate Dynamics 51(7): 3161-3177.  doi: 10.1007/s00382-018-4072-z.
Damgaard et al. 2018. 137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes. Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0094-2.
Mühlemann et al. 2018.  Ancient Hepatitis B viruses from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period. Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0097-z.
Miyake F., Jull A.J.T., Panyushkina I.P., Wacker L., Salzer M., Baisan C., Lange T., Cruz R., Masuda K., Nakamura T. 2017. Large 14C excursion in 5480 BC indicates an abnormal sun in the mid-Holocene. PNAS Physical Sciences - Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 114 (3), doi:10.1073/pnas.161314411
Panyushkina I.P., Leavitt, S.W., Mode W. 2017. A 1400-yr Bølling-Allerød    tree-ring record from Great Lakes region. Tree-Ring Research 72 (2): 102-112. doi: 10.3959/1536-1098-73.2.102
Panyushkina I.P., Mukhamadiev N.S., Lynch A.M., Ashikbaev N.Z., Arizpe A.H., O’Connor C.D., Abjanbaev D., Mengdibayeva G.Z., Sagitov A.O. 2017. Wild apple growth and climate change in southeast Kazakhstan.  Forests 8 (11), 406, doi:10.3390/f8110406. 
Agafonov L.I., Meko D., Panyushkina I. P. 2016. Reconstruction of Ob River, Russia, from ring widths of floodplain trees. Journal of Hydrology 543: 198-217. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.09.031
Panyushkina I.P., Shishov V.V., GrachevA.M., KnorreA.A., Kirdyanov A.V., Leavitt S.W., VaganovE.A., ChebykinE.P., ZhuchenkoN.A., Hughes M., 2016. Trends in elemental concentrations of tree rings from the Siberian Arctic. Tree-Ring Research 72 (2): 13-16.
Macklin M.G., Panyushkina I.P., Toonen W.H.J., Chang C., Tourtellotte P.A., Duller G.A., Wang H., Prins M., 2015. The influence of Late Pleistocene geomorphological inheritance and Holocene hydromorphic regimes on floodwater farming in the Talgar catchment, southeast Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Quaternary Science Review 129:85-95. 
Voelker S.L., Stambaugh M.C., Guyette R.P., Feng X., Grimley D.A., Leavitt S.W., Panyushkina I.P., Grimm E.C., Marsicek J.P., Shuman B., Curry B.B., 2015. Deglacial hydroclimate for Midcontinental North America. Quaternary Research 83 (2):336-344, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2015.01.001 

Voelker S.L., Brooks R.J., Meinzer F.C., Anderson R., Bader M. K.-F., Battipaglia G., Becklin K.M., Beerling D., Bert D., Betancourt J.L., Dawson T.E., Domec J.-C., Guyette R.P., Körner C., Leavitt S.W., Linder S., Marshall J.D., Mildner M., Ogée J., Panyushkina I.P., Plumpton H.J., Pregitzer K.S., Saurer M., Smith A.R., Siegwolf R.T.W., Stambaugh M.C., Talhelm A.F., Tardif J.C., Van de Water P.K., Ward J.K., Wingate L. 2016.  A dynamic leaf gas-exchange strategy is conserved in woody plants under changing ambient CO2: evidence from carbon isotope discrimination in paleo and COenrichment studies. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13102

Jull A.J.T., Panyushkina I.P., Lange T.E., Kukarskih V.V., Clark K.J., Myglan V.S., Salzer M., Burr G.S., Leavitt S.L. 2014. Excursions in the 14C record at AD 774-775 from tree rings from Russia and America. Geophysical Research Letters 10.1002/2014GL059874
Panyushkina I.P., Leavitt S.W. 2012. Ancient boreal forests under the environmental instability of the glacial to post-glacial transition in the Great Lakes region (14,000-11,000 years BP), Can. J. of Forest Research 43: 1032-1039.
Panyushkina I.P. 2012. Climate-induced changes in population dynamics of Siberian Scythians (700-250 BC), in Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations. Eds. L. Giosan et al., Geophys. Monogr. Ser. 198:145-154, AGU, Washington D. C.
Panyushkina I.P., Hughes M.K., Vaganov E.A., Munro M.A.R. 2003. Summer temperature in northeastern Siberia since 1642 reconstructed from tracheids dimensions and cell numbers of Larix cajanderi.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 1-10.