Elizabeth A Schneider

Elizabeth’s research focuses on the spatial and temporal processes of fire and how it is linked to ecological aspects across scale. Her research uses a dendrochronological approach to assess the occurrence of historic fire activity and the controlling mechanisms in the fragmented forests of the Upper Great Lakes region. The goal of her research is to understand how mechanisms of fire interact at various scales providing land managers with critical information on current and future fire risk.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2011.
  • M.S.: Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fire ecology and behavior, disturbance interactions, ecosystem resilience, forest management, dendrochronology, biogeography, climate change
Courses Taught
  • Geog 1403 - Biogeography of the Global Garden - Instructor (SUM17, SUM18)
  • Geog 1403 Biogeography of the Global Garden (F14; Sp15; Sp16; F16 - TA)
  • Geog 3431 Plant and Animal Geography (F16 - TA)
  • Geog 3839/5839 Introduction to Dendrochronology (F16 - TA)
  • BSE 2001 - Biology, Society and Environment
  • Kipfmueller, K. F., Schneider E. A., Weyenberg S. A., Johnson L. B. (In press). Historical Drivers of a frequent fire regime in the red pine forests of Voyageurs National Park, MN, USA. Submitted to Forest Ecology and Management.
  • Druckenbrod, D. L., Stachowiak, L. A., Schneider, E. A., Graves, D. M., & Grissino-Mayer, H. D. 2017. Dendrochronological dating of the Graves Mill grist mill, Madison County, Virginia, USA. Dendrochronologia, 43, 27-32.
  • Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Schneider, E.A., Rochner, M.L., Stachowiak, L.A., and Dennison, M.E. (2016). Tree-ring dating of timbers from Sabine Hill, home of General Nathaniel Taylor, Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. Dendrochronologia, doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2016.09.001.
  • Stachowiak, L, A., Schneider, E.A., Rochner, M.L., Collins, S.A., and Grissino-Mayer, H.D. (2015). Dendrochronological dating of historic log cabins on the Belle Meade Plantation, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA.Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.
  • Schneider, Elizabeth A., Lauren A. Stachowiak, and Henri D. Grissino-Mayer. "The historical dendroarchaeology of two log structures at the Wynnewood State Historic Site, Castalian Springs, Tennessee, USA." Dendrochronologia 33 (2015): 34-41.
  • Lauren A. Stachowiak, Elizabeth A. Schneider, Maegen L. Rochner, Savannah A. Collins, Chaney P. Swiney, Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, and Thomas G. McKenzie. 2014. Dendrochronological Dating of the Historic McKenzie Home, Meigs County, Tennessee, U.S.A.?Tree-Ring Research 70(1): 31–39.
  • Evelyn J. Pruitt National Fellowship, Society of Women Geographers, 2018 - 2019
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2018 - 2019
  • Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, 2017 - 2018
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship
  • Chancellor's Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise - University of Tennessee
  • International Association of Wildland Fire, Research Scholarship, 2013
  • Association of American Geographers, Biogeography Specialty Group, Research Grant, 2013