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Clay Tucker

Dr. Clay Tucker

Assistant Professor


Dr. Tucker is a tree-ring scientist and hurricane climatologist, and he obtained a PhD in Geography at Louisiana State University. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alabama before coming to USM. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he spends much of his professional and personal life in the swamps, marshes, and bays of the Gulf Coast.

  • PHD - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (2020)
  • MS - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (2015)
  • BS - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (2013)

GHY 104 - Weather and Climate
GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Lab
GHY 105L - Land and Water Lab

  • The Longleaf Tree-Ring Network: Reviewing and expanding the utility of Pinus palustris Mill. Dendrochronological data, Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, 2023
  • Baldcypress false ring formation linked to summer hydroclimatic extremes in the southeastern United States, Environmental Research Letters, 2022
  • 1,100-Year Reconstruction of Baseflow for the Santee River, South Carolina, USA Reveals Connection to the North Atlantic Subtropical High, Geophysical Research Letters, 2022
  • Using Tree-Ring Research to Introduce Students to Geoscience Fieldwork, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2021
  • Coastal tree-ring records for paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental applications in North America, Quaternary Science Reviews, 2021
  • Streamflow variability indicated by false rings in bald cypress (taxodium distichum (l.) rich.), Forests, 2020
  • Taxodium distichum (baldcypress) growth rings reveal origins of an 18th century Jesuit plantation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Dendrochronologia, 2019
  • Event-based climatology of tropical cyclone rainfall in Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida, Atmosphere, 2018
  • Hurricane risk variability along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, PLoS One, 2015
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association of Geographers
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon

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Areas of Expertise

Tree-Ring Science, Hurricane Climatology, Wetland Ecology, Coastal Studies