University of Calgary

David Goldblum

  • Associate Professor
  • Department Head

Research Interests

I am a biogeographer whose research interests focus on both natural disturbances and anthropogenic impacts on forest, grassland, and woodland plant communities. These disturbances include natural phenomena such as fire, insect outbreaks, windthrow, and treefalls as well as human-induced disturbance such as climate change, exotic species introductions, habitat fragmentation, and alteration of natural disturbance regimes (e.g. fire suppression).  Techniques include plant carbon assimilation measurements, tree-ring analysis (dendroecology), forest stand analysis, and multivariate statistics.  

Selected Recent Publications

Billah, M.M. and Goldblum, D. 2019. Climatic impacts on radial tree growth of Picea glauca and Picea engelmannii across Canada and USA: divergence, decadal oscillations, and climate change. Physical Geography. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2019.1599482


Bauer, A., Farrell, R., and Goldblum, D. 2016. The geography of forest diversity and community changes under future climate conditions in the eastern United States. Ecoscience. 23: 41-53. 


Prolic, C. and Goldblum, D. 2016. The effect of monthly climate conditions on radial growth of Quercus stellata throughout its range. Southeastern Geographer. 56: 171-186.


Pederson, Neil; D'Amato, Anthony; Dyer, James; Foster, David R; Goldblum, David; Hart, Justin; Hessl, Amy; Iverson, Louis Robert; Jackson, Stephen; Martin-Benito, Dario; McCarthy, Brian C; McEwan, Ryan; Mladenoff, David; Parker, Albert; Shuman, Bryan N; Williams, Jack. 2014. Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States.  Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12779


Enright, N. J., Perry, G.L.W., Goldblum, D., Jaffre, T. (2014). Stress-tolerator traits drive population dynamics of the endangered New Caledonian conifer Araucaria muelleri. Austral Ecology, 39, 60-71.


Goldblum, D., Glaves, B. P., Rigg, L., Kleiman, B. (2013). The Impact of Seed Mix Weight on Diversity and Species Composition in a Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Planting, Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois, USA. Ecological Restoration, 31(2), 1543-4079.


Goldblum, D., Kennett, C., Lisowski, A. (2012). Geographical variation in the photosynthesis characteristics of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) lab- and field-grown seedlings. The Geographical Bulletin, 53(2), 65-78.


Goldblum, D., Kwit, M. C. (2012). The relative photosynthetic contribution of old and new fronds of the wintergreen fern Dryopteris carthusiana, Ontario, Canada. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 139(3), 270-282.


McCarragher, S., Goldblum, D., Rigg, L. S. (2011). Geographic variations in seed germination, seedling growth, and mortality of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) under different temperature and climatic regimes: results of common garden and reciprocal dispersal experiments. Physical Geography (32), 1-21.


Goldblum, D., Rigg, L., Napoli, J. (2010). Environmental determinants of tree species distributions in central Ontario, Canada. Physical Geography, 31, 423-440.


McCarragher, S., Goldblum, D. (2010). Photosystem stress of understory balsam fir (Abies balsamea) in Ontario, Canada as measured by chlorophyll fluorescence. Geographical Bulletin (51), 67-77.


Kwit, M., Rigg, L. S., Goldblum, D. (2010). Sugar maple seedling carbon assimilation at the northern limits of its range: the importance of seasonal light. Journal of Forest Research (40), 385-393.


Goldblum, D., Rigg, L. (2010). The deciduous forest – boreal forest Ecotone. Geography Compass, 4, 701-717.


Goldblum, D. (2010). The geography of white oak’s (Quercus alba L.) response to climatic variables in North America and speculation on its sensitivity to climate change across its range. Dendrochronologia (28), 73-83.


Goldblum, D. (2009). Sensitivity of corn and soybean yield in Illinois to air temperature and precipitation: the potential impact of future climate change. Physical Geography (30), 27-42.



  • PhD
    University of Colorado-Boulder, 1994
  • MA
    University of Colorado-Boulder, 1990
  • BS
    University of California, Los Angeles, 1988


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