Lauren R Kaiser

Lauren R Kaiser
United States Geological Survey | USGS · Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center

M.A., Geography

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Introduction
I am a Master's student graduate from the Department of Geography at the University of Hawaiʹi at Mānoa. My interests include climatology, environmental sciences, ecology, and tropical storms. My thesis work focused on understanding changes in extreme rainfall events across the state of Hawaiʹi in relation to Kona Low storm systems. My current projects look at the impacts of climate change on Hawaiian ecosystems, specifically focusing on native forest birds, invasive species threats, and ROD.
Additional affiliations
October 2014 - present
United States Geological Survey
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • R modeling for general climate change research in the Pacific Islands, applying ensemble species distribution models for multiple species (specifically Hawaiian native birds and plants), and handling large climate model data sets for spatial analysis.
May 2013 - July 2013
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • GEOG 101: The Natural Environment and Lab (4 credits) Introduction to physical geography including weather, climate, vegetation, soils, geology, landforms, environmental issues, natural hazards, and field methods commonly used by physical geographers.
August 2011 - May 2013
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • GEOG 101: The Natural Environment and Lab (4 credits) Introduction to physical geography and field methods. Assisted professors with teaching responsibilities, held review session, and graded all course materials. Taught lab sections for lecture classes.
Education
August 2011 - December 2014
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Field of study
  • Geography
August 2009 - May 2011
August 2007 - May 2009
University of Miami
Field of study
  • Geography

Publications

Publications (3)
Article
In the accompanying Comment, Hawkins et al.1 suggest that our index2 of the projected timing of climate departure from recent variability is biased to occur too early and is given with overestimated confidence. We contest their assertions and maintain that our findings are conservative and remain unaltered in light of their analysis.
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Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift beyond historical analogues. Here we present a new index of the year when the projected mean climate of a given location moves to a state continuously outside the bounds of historical variability under alternative green...

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Projects (2)
Project
Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) is a new fungal disease that is one of the worst threats to Hawaii's native forests. By analyzing the data collected and mapping ROD, we are working to quickly come to understand the climatological, ecological, and biological factors that influence the spread of this disease.
Project
Building on previous research, we aim to improve the current species distribution models of invasive species that threaten the natural ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands. New distribution maps will aid in conservation and restoration efforts of native ecosystems and provide insight on future distribution shifts under ongoing climatic change.