Carl A. "Andy" Reese

Professor of Geography

Andy Reese's CV




Biogeography, Climate change, Palynology, Paleotempestology, Research Methods

I am a biogeographer whose primary research interest is palynology, a science that uses fossil pollen archived in the earth to reconstruct past vegetation.  I use the information gained through these studies to make inferences about past climatological conditions and climate change.  Over the years, I have focused on pollen that has been archived in ice, and have conducted research throughout the Central Andes of South America and the Brooks Range of Alaska.  This research has been used to answer a wide variety of questions surrounding climate change in these regions from the late Pleistocene to present. 

I am also interested in the modern process of pollen dispersal and deposition, and the development of modern pollen-trapping equipment.  My pollen research has been used to study the impacts of past hurricane landfalls along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts of North America and Honduras, as well as investigate the potential of paleoenvironmental records archived in bat guano. 

Current projects include the use of palynology to advise the U.S. Forest Service on environmental restoration goals, and the analysis of pollen in terrestrial sediments found in an ocean core 20 miles off the coast of Alabama!  Outside of academia, I can be found hunting, fishing, watching LSU football, or chasing my four kids around. 



  • GHY 104 Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • GHY 105 Introduction to Landforms, Hydrology, and Biogeography
  • GHY 315 Field Methods in Geography
  • GHY 4/522 Biogeography
  • GHY 4/524 Quaternary Environments
  • GHY 4/525 Climatology
  • GHY 715 Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Plus graduate-level seminar classes in Paleoecology and Climatology