Scott St. George

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Scott St. George is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota, and is based on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Dr. St. George studies environmental variability at timescales that range from several weeks to several hundred years, with the goal of producing scientific knowledge that addresses the needs of decision-makers responsible for water supplies, renewable energy and natural hazards. His reseach specializations include dendrochronology and dendroclimatology, low-frequency behavior in the climate system, and the northern Great Plains during the late Holocene. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Dr. St. George was a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa, Canada.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, 2007.
  • M.Sc.: Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 1998.
  • B.Sc.: Geography, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada, 1995.


  • Dendrochronology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleohydrology
  • Wind climatology
  • Northern Plains
  • Canadian Prairies
  • The Red River of the North
  • Drought in North America
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 5426: Climate Variations
  • The seasonality of precipitation signals embedded within the North American Drought Atlas: St. George, Scott, David Meko, Ed Cook, The Holocene, 20 983-988, 2010. LinkImage
  • The magnitude of decadal and multidecadal variability in North American precipitation: St. George, Scott, Ault, Toby, Journal of Climate, 23 842-850, 2010. Link
  • Tree rings as paleoflood and paleostage indicators: St. George, Scott, Springer, Tree-Ring Reconstructions In Natural Hazards Research: A State-Of-The-Art, 233-240, 2010.
  • El NiƱo stills winter winds across the southern Canadian Prairies : St. George, Scott, Wolfe, Stephen, Geophysical Research Letters, 36 L23806, 2009. Link
  • The tree-ring record of drought in the Canadian Prairies: St. George, Scott, Meko, David, Girardin, Martin-Phillipe, MacDonald, Glen, Nielsen, Erik, Pederson, Greg, Sauchyn, David, Tardif, Jacques and Watson, Emma, Journal of Climate, 22 689-710, 2009. Link