Malcolm Hughes Endowment for Outreach

Malcolm Hughes Endowment for Outreach


We honor the accomplishments of Malcolm Hughes in the fields of dendrochronology, dendroclimatology and paleoclimatology, to which he has made significant contributions (see the brief bio below). In particular, in the 1990s Malcolm and his colleagues established the relevance of climate history to assessing global warming. He has been a leader in research into periods of persistent climate anomalies in the past, including where and when these occurred, and why. This work shed light on climate dynamics while also providing critically important context for the recent global-scale climate changes that have been driven by human activities. With his network of international collaborators, Malcolm has explored and developed tree-ring records and their applications to dendroclimatology in almost every continent, helping to build research capacity through these collaborations. True to his background as a biologist, Malcolm’s pioneering work with Russian colleagues and others on modeling tree-ring formation and cambial processes has expanded our fundamental understanding of how and why tree rings function. Beyond research, Malcolm’s teaching and mentoring have fostered the development of several generations of dendrochronologists. During his time as Director, he guided the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research through major demographic and thematic transitions. This included placing the Lab, with units from several colleges, at the heart of UA’s role as a major center for the study of the Earth System and Global Change. His knowledge, guidance and advice have been invaluable to many of us, in research and more broadly, in the world of academia (and beyond!).

To learn more about the Malcolm Hughes Endowment for Outreach, please contact Dr. Pamela Pelletier: sends e-mail)  OR 520.621.0984


All gifts will be directed to the newly-established Malcolm Hughes Endowment for Outreach. This endowment supports the LTRR Outreach Program, the core of communicating science to a broader audience and serves as the “heartwood” of our science education program. Each year, thousands of visitors ranging from preschool through retiree are enriched through interactions with our researchers, docent outreach team, one-of-a-kind exhibits, lab tours, classroom visits and the Sky Island Science Investigators field classes. It is through your support that we are able to deliver a top-notch outreach and science driven education program. With the new endowment, our goal is to strengthen the existing program and develop new programs that foster the scientific literacy and career paths for elementary to undergraduate students.

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Drs. Malcolm Hughes and Thomas Swetnam
Dr. Malcolm Hughes

A Brief Bio


PhD., University of Durham


Amanuensis, Research Fellow, Soil Biology Institute, University of Aarhus, Denmark


University Research Fellow, Botany Department, University of Durham


Lecturer in Ecology, Reader in Palaeoecology, Liverpool Polytechnic


Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, UA


Professor of Dendrochronology, UA


Professor of Watershed Management, School of Renewable Natural Resources, UA


Regents’ Professor of Dendrochronology, UA


Honors Professor, Honors College, UA


Regents' Professor Emeritus


Honors and Awards


Visiting Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado


Fellow, American Geophysical Union


Bullard Fellow, Harvard Forest, Harvard University


Galileo Circle Fellow, UA


Opening Lecturer of College of Science Public Lecture Series “Global Climate Change”


Regents’ Professor, UA


Visiting Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado


Visiting Faculty Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research


Chair, Section E (Geology and Geography) American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (elected)


President, Global Environmental Change Focus Group, American Geophysical Union (first elected president)


Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Harold C Fritts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dendrochronology, Tree-Ring Society


Durham International Senior Research Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, U.K.


Mann, Bradley, Hughes (1999) included in 40 papers selected from list of 1000 cited papers to be included in 40th Anniversary Collection of “Geophysical Research Letters”