Tom Swetnam

Regents' Professor, Emeritus

Dr. Swetnam has studied land use history, forest and fire ecology in the western U.S., Mexico, South America, and Siberia, Russia. Using dendrochronology Tom and his colleagues have reconstructed hundreds of years of climate and fire history in Southwestern forests and giant sequoia groves of the Sierra Nevada. Tom’s work focuses on applications of science in the management of natural resources and in promoting effective science education and communication with land managers and the public. Tom currently resides in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, where he and his wife Suzanne enjoy a busy retirement life of gardening, community volunteering, and tree-ring dating of historic buildings, archaeological timbers, and fire scars.