Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
California State University, Fresno
2576 E. San Ramon Ave., Mail Stop ST-24
Fresno, CA 93740
Tel. (559) 278-2912
Fax. (559) 278-5980
Office:Science II 122
My teaching interests are varied. I routinely teach Environmental Earth and Life Sciences (NSCI 115) and Introduction to Environmental Science (EES4). Within the department curriculum I teach Geochemistry (GEOL 124) bi-yearly as well as Terrestrial Paleoecology (EES 126). In addition I am currently working with Dr. Pluhar to develop an environmental science portion of his “Introduction to Field Methods” (EES 30).
My research interests are varied, but center on vegetation, ecology and paleoecology. I am involved in projects that study changes in plants and plant communities from current times to the late Quaternary using macro- and micro-fossils. Within the context of this focus, I have focused on the application of stable isotope analysis and morphological measurements to reconstruct past plant physiology, especially over the last great rise in atmospheric CO2 that occurred during deglaciation. My research has also looked at the variability of natural populations as a means to test their suitability as proxy records for past changes. In addition, I have worked with atmospheric models to track the incorporation and downwind transport of pollen from source areas as a means to understand depositional processes. The most recent application of this work is to track plant gene-flow from genetically modified crop plants into wild relatives growing in surrounding areas nearby.
Examples of Current Research Themes:
2012 Bunderson, Landon D., Peter K. Van de Water, Harrington Wells,
Estelle Levetin. Predicting and Quantifying Pollen Production in
Juniperus Ashei Forests. Phytologia94(3):417-438.
2011 Meredith G. Schafer, Andrew A. Ross, Jason P. Londo, Connie A.
Burdick, E. Henry Lee, Steven E. Travers, Peter K. Van de Water,
Cynthia L. Sagers. The Establishment of Genetically Engineered
Canola Populations in the U.S. PLoS ONE 6(10): e25736.
2009 Dundas, Robert G., Yesenia Ibarra, Frederika J. M. Harmsen, Peter K.
Van de Water. Bison cf. B. latifrons from the Late-Pleistocene Broach
Locality, Fresno, California. Current Research in the Pleistocene
2008 Levetin, Estelle and Peter K. Van de Water. Changing pollen
types/concentrations/ distributions in the United States: Fact or
Fiction. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports 8: 418-424.
2007 Van de Water, Peter K., Lidia S. Watrud, E. Henry Lee, Connie
Burdick, and George King. Long-distance GM pollen movement of
creeping bentgrass using modeled wind trajectory analysis.
Ecological Applications 17(4): 1244-1256.
2004 Watrud, Lidia S., E.Henry Lee, Anne Fairbrother, Connie Burdick, Jay
R. Reichman, Mike Bollman, Marjorie Storm, George King and Peter K.
Van de Water. 2004. Evidence for landscape-level, pollen-mediated
gene flow from genetically modified creeping bentgrass with CP4
EPSPS as a marker. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
2004 Thompson, Robert S., Shafer, Sarah L., Strickland, Laura E., Van de
Water, Peter K., Anderson, Katherine H. Quaternary vegetation and
climate change in the western United States: Developments,
perspectives, and prospects. In, The Quaternary Period in the United
States (A.R. Gillespie, S.C. Porter and B.F. Atwater, eds.),
Developments in Quaternary Science, 1, Elsevier, Amsterdam. P.
2003 Van de Water, Peter K., Keever, Thomas, Main, Charles E., and
Levetin, E. An assessment of predictive forecasting of Juniperus
ashei pollen movement in the southern Great Plains, USA.
International Journal of Biometerology, 48:74-82.