Dr. Paul Knapp


Dr. Paul Knapp


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Biogeography, Climatology, Dendroecology


Ph.D. Georgia, 1989


Dr. Knapp’s academic interests include biogeography, climatology, and dendroecology with a regional focus in the American West. Dr. Knapp’s research has focused on examining the influence of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the growth rates of woody species in arid and semiarid environments, and the paleoclimatology of the interior Pacific Northwest.

Carolina Tree-Ring Science Laboratory

Recent Publications

2018 Watkins, K.E., Patterson, T.W. and Knapp, P.A. Investigating the climatic sensitivity of shortleaf pine on a southeastern US college campus. Southeastern Geographer 58 :146–163.
2018 Patterson, T.W. and Knapp, P.A. Longleaf pine cone-radial growth relationships in the southeastern U.S.A. Dendrochronologia 50:134–141.
2018 Patterson, T.W. and Knapp, P.A. Longleaf pine masting, northern bobwhite quail, and tick-borne diseases in the southeastern United States. Applied Geography 98:1–8.
2018 Montpellier, E.E., Soule’ P.T., Knapp, P.A. and Shelly, J.S. Divergent growth rates of alpine larch trees (Larix lyallii Parl.) in response to microenvironmental variability. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research  50 (1), e1415626 (9 pages), doi.org/10.1080/15230430.2017.1415626.
2017 Knapp, P.A. and Soule’, P.T. Spatio-temporal linkages between declining Arctic sea-ice extent and increasing wildfire activity in the western United States. Forests 8(9), 313; doi:10.3390/f8090313.
2016 Patterson, T.W. and Knapp, P.A. Stand dynamics influence masting/radial growth relationships inPinus palustris Mill. Castanea  81:314-322.
2016 Hadley, K.S. and Knapp, P.A. Post-windstorm radial growth of Picea sitchensis and Pseudotsuga menziesii. Madroño 63(3):234-248.
2016 Knapp, P.A, Maxwell, J.T., and Soulé, P.T. Tropical cyclone rainfall variability in coastal North Carolina derived from longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.): AD 1771–2014. Climatic Change 135:311-323.
2016 Knapp, P.A., Maxwell, J.T., Ortegren, J.O. and Soulé, P.T. Spatio-temporal changes in comfortable weather duration in the continental U.S. and implications for human wellness. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106:1-18.
2016 Patterson, T.W. and Knapp, P.A. Observations on a rare old-growth montane longleaf pine forest in central North Carolina. Natural Areas Journal   36:500-508.
2016 Patterson, T.W., Cummings, L.W. and Knapp, P.A. Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) morphology and climate/growth responses along a physiographic gradient in North Carolina.  The Professional Geographer  68:238-248.
2015 Soulé, P.T. and Knapp, P.A. Analyses of intrinsic water-use efficiency indicate performance differences of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir in response to CO2 enrichment. Journal of Biogeography 42:144-155.