All Publications in Full CV


Some Links to Recent Publications  

Sacramento Bee Op/Ed on Marshes February 2018

AAG President’s Column – Long, Hot Summer October 2016

AAG President’s Column – The World of the City September 2016

California Drought Study From Kirman Lake – reports

AAG President’s Column – Geographies of Bread and Water August 2016

AAG President’s – The End(s) of Geography July 2016

Yale 360 Beyond the Perfect Drought 

AMBIO Paper on Science and Water Policy 

San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed on John Muir and the City

Zocalo on The Future on Muir’s Legacy  and the City

The AAG Newsletter on Muir and Geography

Boom Article  on John Muir in the 21st Century

Popular/General Articles

MacDonald, G.M.  2015. Beyond the Perfect Drought.  Yale Environment 360

MacDonald, G.M. 2014. The Next John Muir is Chasing Butterflies in the Heart of L.A. – The Conservationists of the 21st Century will be City Kids. Zocalo December 24.

MacDonald, G.M. 2014. John Muir. Boom: A Journal of California, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Fall 2014), pp. 60-69.

MacDonald, G.M. 2013. The Myth of a Desert Metropolis: Los Angeles was not built in a desert, but are we making it one? Boom: A Journal of California, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Fall 2013), pp. 86-94.

MacDonald, G.M. 2013 Yosemite fire puts San Francisco on the front lines. San Francisco Chronicle August 30, 2013

MacDonald, G.M. 2012. Los Angeles Water – Myths, Miracles, Mayhem and William Mulholland AAG Newsletter 47: 11-13.

MacDonald, G.M. 2012 Climate-change denial getting harder to defend. Los Angeles Times October 4, 2012

MacDonald, G.M. 2009 Misreading climategate Op/Ed Los Angeles Times December 9, 2009

MacDonald, G.M. 2009 Super-drought in the Southwest. Muse Magazine May-June, 26-31

MacDonald, G.M. 2007 hot and dry for decades Op/Ed Los Angeles Times July 13, 2007

Some Recent Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

 Philben, M., Holmquist, J., MacDonald, G., Duan, D., Kaiser, K. and Benner, R. 2015. Temperature, oxygen, and vegetation controls on decomposition in a James Bay peatland, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 729–743. doi:10.1002/2014GB004989.

Willis, K. S., Beilman, D., Booth, R. K., Amesbury, M., Holmquist, J., & MacDonald, G. 2015. Peatland paleohydrology in southern West Siberian Lowlands: Comparison of multiple testate amoeba transfer functions, sites, and Sphagnum δ13C values. The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683615585833.

Holmquist, J. R., Reynolds, L., Brown, L. N., Southon, J. R., Simms, A. R., & MacDonald, G. M. 2015. Marine radiocarbon reservoir values in Southern California estuaries: Interspecies, latitudinal, and interannual variability. Radiocarbon, 57, 449–458 DOI: 10.2458/azu_rc.57.18389.

Armitage, D., de Loë, R. C., Morris, M., Edwards, T. W., Gerlak, A. K., Hall, R. I., Huitema, D., Ison, R., Livingstone, D., MacDonald, G., Mirumachi, N., Plummer R Wolfe, B. B. 2015. Science–policy processes for transboundary water governance. Ambio 2015, 1-14. DOI 10.1007/s13280-015-0644-x

Hargan, Kathryn E., Kathleen M. Rühland, Andrew M. Paterson, James Holmquist, Glen M. MacDonald, Joan Bunbury, Sarah A. Finkelstein, and John P. Smol. 2015. Long-term successional changes in peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada inferred from the ecological dynamics of multiple proxies. The Holocene 25, no. 1: 92-107.

Hargan, K.E., K.M. Rühland, A.M. Paterson, S.A. Finkelstein, J. Holmquist, G.M. MacDonald, W. Keller, and J.P. Smol. 2015. The influence of water table depth and pH on the spatial distribution of diatom species in peatlands of the Boreal Shield and Hudson Plains, Canada. Botany 93, 57-74. DOI:10.1139/cjb-2014-0138.

Zhang,Z., Y. Xue, G. MacDonald, P. M. Cox, and G. J. Collatz. 2015. Investigation of North American vegetation variability under recent climate: A study using the SSiB4/TRIFFID biophysical/dynamic vegetation model, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere 120, doi:10.1002/2014JD021963.

Reinemann, S. A., Porinchu, D. F., MacDonald, G. M., Mark, B. G., & DeGrand, J. Q. 2014. A 2000-yr reconstruction of air temperature in the Great Basin of the United States with specific reference to the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. Quaternary Research, 82(2), 309-317.

Julie Loisel, Zicheng Yu, David W Beilman, Philip Camill, Jukka Alm, Matthew J Amesbury, David Anderson, Sofia et al. (INCLUDING MacDonald) 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene DOI 0959683614538073.

Holmquist, J. R. and MacDonald, G.M.. 2014. Peatland succession and long-term apparent carbon accumulation in central and northern Ontario, Canada. The Holocene 24, 1075-1089.

Buermann, W., Parida, B., Jung, M., MacDonald, G.M., Tucker, C.J. and Reichstein, M. 2014, Recent shift in Eurasian boreal forest greening response may be associated with warmer and drier summers, Geophysical Research. Letters 41, 1995–2002, doi:10.1002/2014GL059450.

Holmquist, J.R., MacDonald, G.M., Gallego-Sala, A.V. 2014. Peatland Initiation, Carbon Accumulation, and 2 ka Depth in the James Bay Lowland and Adjacent Regions. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 46(1), 19-39

Yu, Z., J. Loisel, M. R. Turetsky, S. Cai, Y. Zhao, S. Frolking, G. M. MacDonald, and J. L. Bubier, 2013. Evidence for elevated emissions from high-latitude wetlands contributing to high atmospheric CH4 concentration in the early Holocene, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27, 131–140, doi:10.1002/gbc.20025.

Charman, D. J., Beilman, D. W., Blaauw, M., Booth, R. K., Brewer, S., Chambers, F. M., Christen, J. A., Gallego-Sala, A., Harrison, S. P., Hughes, P. D. M., Jackson, S. T., Korhola, A., Mauquoy, D., Mitchell, F. J. G., Prentice, I. C., van der Linden, M., De Vleeschouwer, F., Yu, Z. C., Alm, J., Bauer, I. E., Corish, Y. M. C., Garneau, M., Hohl, V., Huang, Y., Karofeld, E., Le Roux, G., Loisel, J., Moschen, R., Nichols, J. E., Nieminen, T. M., MacDonald, G. M., Phadtare, N. R., Rausch, N., Sillasoo, Ü., Swindles, G. T., Tuittila, E.-S., Ukonmaanaho, L., Väliranta, M., van Bellen, S., van Geel, B., Vitt, D. H., and Zhao, Y.: 2012. Climate-related changes in peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium, Biogeosciences, 10, 929-944, doi:10.5194/bg-10-929-2013.

MacDonald, G.M., Beilman D.W. , Kuzmin, Y.V., Orlova, L.A., Kremenetski, K.V., Shapiro, B., Wayne, R.K. and Van Valkenburgh, B. 2012. Pattern of extinction of the woolly mammoth in Beringia. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1881

Pau, S. , MacDonald, G.M. and Gillespie, T.W. 2012. A Dynamic History of Climate Change and Human Impact on the Environment from Keālia Pond, Maui, Hawaiian Islands. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102, 748-762.

Smith, L. C., Beilman, David. W., Kremenetski, K. V., Sheng, Y., MacDonald, G. M., Lammers, R. B., Shiklomanov, A. I. and Lapshina, E. D. (2012), Influence of permafrost on water storage in West Siberian peatlands revealed from a new database of soil properties. Permafrost Periglac. Process., 23: 69–79. doi: 10.1002/ppp.735

MacDonald. G.M. 2011. Potential influence of the Pacific Ocean on the Indian summer monsoon and Harappan decline. Quaternary International 229, 140–148.

Willis, K.J. and MacDonald, G.M. 2011. Long-term ecological records and their relevance to climate change predictions for a warmer world. Annual Reviews of Ecology and Evolution 42: 267–287

Tingstad, A.H. Moser, K.A. MacDonald, G.M. and Munroe, J.S. 2011. A ~13,000-year paleolimnological record from the Uinta Mountains, Utah, inferred from diatoms and loss-on-ignition analysis. Quaternary International 235, 48-56.

Velichko, A.A., Timirevaa, S,N., Kremenetsk, K.V., MacDonald. G.M. and Smith, L.C., 2011 West Siberian Plain as a late glacial desert Quaternary International. 237, 45-53.

Yu,Z.C. D.W. Beilman, S. Frolking, G.M. MacDonald N.T. Roulet P. Camill and D.J. Charman, 2011. Peatlands in the Global Carbon Cycle. EOS 92: 97-98

MacDonald, G.M. 2010. Climate Change and Water in Southwestern North America Special Feature: Water, climate change, and sustainability in the southwest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 , 21256-21262; doi:10.1073/pnas.0909651107

MacDonald, G.M. 2010. Global warming and the Arctic: a new world beyond the reach of the Grinnellian niche? The Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 855-861

MacDonald, G.M. 2010. Some Holocene paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental perspectives on Arctic/Subarctic climate warming and the IPCC 4th Assessment Report. Journal of Quaternary Science 25, 39-47.

Miller, G.H, J. Brigham-Grette, R.B. Alley, L. Anderson, H.A. Bauch, M.S.V. Douglas, M.E. Edwards, S.A. Elias, B.P. Finney, J.J. Fitzpatrick, S.V. Funder, T.D. Herbert, L.D. Hinzman l, D.S. Kaufmanm, G.M. MacDonald, L. Polyak, A. Robock, M.C. Serreze, J.P. Smol, R. Spielhagen, J.W.C. White, A.P. Wolfe, E.W. Wolff, 2010. Temperature and precipitation history of the Arctic. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 1679-1715

Tingstad, A.H. and MacDonald, G.M. 2010. Long-Term Relationships Between Ocean Variability and Water Resources in Northeastern Utah. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46, 987–1002.

Woodhouse, C.A., Meko, D.M., MacDonald, G.M., Stahle, D.W. and Cook, E.R. 2010. Climate Change and Water in Southwestern North America Special Feature: A 1,200-year perspective of 21st century drought in southwestern North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, 21283-21288; doi:10.1073/pnas.0911197107