Full Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

1983 – PhD, Meteorology, Statistics minor, University of Wisconsin- Madison
1979 – MS, Quaternary Studies, University of Maine at Orono
1973 – BS, Biology, Union College, Schenectady, NY

SMD 09

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1057

Work E-mail: gajewski@uOttawa.ca


Courses taught 2013-2014

  • GEG2304 – Climatology
  • GEG6101 – Environmental Data Analysis

Selected publications

Gajewski, K, J Bunbury, M Vetter, N Ayotte and A Khan. 2014. Paleoenvironmental studies in the southwest Yukon. Arctic. KLRS 50th Anniversary Special Issue: 2-14. DOI 10.14430/arctic.2012.12-105

Finkelstein, SA, J Bunbury, K Gajewski, AP Wolfe, JK Adams and JE Devlin. 2014. Evaluating diatom-derived Holocene pH reconstructions for arctic lakes using an expanded 171-lake training set. Journal of Quaternary Science 29: 249-260

Neil, K., K Gajewski and M Betts. 2014. Human-ecosystem interactions in relation to Holocene climate change in Port Joli Harbour, Southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. Quaternary Research 81: 203-212. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yqres.2014.01.001

Paquette, N and K Gajewski. 2013. Climatic change causes abrupt changes in forest composition, inferred from a high-resolution pollen record, Southwestern Quebec, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 75: 169-180.10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.06.007

Courtney-Mustaphi, C and K Gajewski. 2013. Holocene sediments from a coastal lake on northern Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 50: 564-575. 10.1139/cjes-2012-0143

Rainville, RA and K Gajewski. 2013. Holocene environmental history of the Aishihik Region, Yukon, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 50: 397-405.10.1139/cjes-2012-0103

Bunbury, J and K Gajewski. 2013. Effects of the White River Ash event on aquatic environments, southwest Yukon, Canada. Arctic 66: 17-31.

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2012. Potential problems with the use of gridded climate data in regional quantitative paleoenvironmental studies from data-poor regions. Journal of Paleolimnology 48: 641-650. doi 10.1007/s10933-012-9639-9

Bunbury, J and K Gajewski. 2012. Temperatures of the past 2000 years inferred from lake sediments, southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Quaternary Research 77:355-367. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2012.01.002

Viau, A.E., M Ladd and K Gajewski. 2012. The Climate of North America during the past 2000 years reconstructed from pollen data.Global and Planetary Change. 84: 75-83. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.09.010

Stratton, T, D Price and K Gajewski. 2011. Impacts of daily weather variability on simulations of the Canadian Boreal Forest. Ecological Modeling 222: 3250-3260. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.06.009.

Gajewski, K, S Munoz, M Peros, A Viau, R Morlan, and M Betts.2011. The Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD): archaeological radiocarbon dates in North America and their paleoenvironmental context. Radiocarbon 53: 371-394.

Munoz, S and K Gajewski. 2010. Distinguishing prehistoric human influence on late Holocene forests in southern Ontario, Canada. Holocene 20: 967-981. doi:10.1177/0959683610362815

Bartlein, PJ, SP Harrison, S Brewer, S Connor, BAS Davis, K Gajewski, J Guiot, TI Harrison-Prentice, A Henderson, O Peyron, IC Prentice, M Scholze, H Seppä, B Shuman, S Sugita, RS Thompson, AE Viau, J Williams and H Wu. 2011. Pollen-based continental climate reconstructions at 6 and 21 ka: a global synthesis. Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-010-0904-1

Peros, M and K Gajewski. 2011 On the glacial and postglacial history of the western Canadian Arctic Islands. Quaternary Research. 75: 307-308. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.08.011

Munoz, SE, K Gajewski and MC Peros. 2010. Synchronous environmental and cultural change in the prehistory of the northeastern United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 107(51): 22008-22013. doi:10.1073/pnas.1005764107.

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2010. Postglacial environmental history of western Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Quaternary Science Reviews. 29: 2099-2110. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.05.004

Ladd, M and K Gajewski. 2010. The North American summer Arctic front during 1948 to 2007. International Journal of Climatology 30: 874-883. doi: 10.1002/joc.1940

Peros, M, K Gajewski, T Paull, R Ravindra, B Podritske. 2010. Multi-proxy record of postglacial environmental change of south-central Melville Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. Quaternary Research. 73: 247-258. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.11.010

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2010. Holocene climate change and its effect on lake ecosystem production in northern Victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Journal of Paleolimnology 43: 219-234 doi: 10.1007/s10933-009-9326-7

Peros, M, S Munoz, K Gajewski & A Viau. 2010. Prehistoric demography of North America inferred from radiocarbon data. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 656-664. doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2009.10.029

Kaufman, DS, D Schneider, N McKay, C Ammann, R Bradley, K Briffa, G Miller, B Otto-Bliesner, J Overpeck, B Vinther and Arctic Lakes 2k Project Members (M Abbott, Y Axford, B Bird, HJB Birks, A Bjune, J Briner, T Cook, M Chipman, P Francus, K Gajewski, Á Geirsdóttir, F Hu, B Kutchko, S Lamoureux, M Loso, G MacDonald, M Peros, D Porinchu, C Schiff, H Seppä, E Thomas). 2009. Recent warming reverses long-term cooling. Science 325: 1236-1239. DOI: 10.1126/science.1173983.

Bunbury, J and K Gajewski. 2009. Biogeography of freshwater ostracodes in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic 63: 324-332.

Fortin, M-C and K Gajewski. 2009. Assessing sediment production indices in Arctic lakes. Polar Biology 32: 985-998. doi: 10.1007/s00300-009-0598-1

Bunbury, J and K Gajewski. 2009. Postglacial climates inferred from a lake at treeline, southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 28: 354-369 doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.10.007

Viau, A, K Gajewski, M Sawada and J Bunbury. 2008. Low- and High-frequency climate variability in Beringia during the past 25,000 years. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 45: 1435-1453. doi:10.1139/E08-036

Peros, M and K Gajewski. 2009. Pollen-based reconstructions of late Holocene climate from the central and western Canadian Arctic. Journal of Paleolimnology 41: 161-175. doi: 10.1007/s10933-008-9256-9

Gajewski, K. 2008. The global pollen database in biogeographical and paleoclimatic studies. Progress in Physical Geography 32: 379-402. doi: 10.1177/0309133308096029

Viau, A and K Gajewski. 2009. Reconstructing millennial-scale, regional paleoclimates of boreal Canada during the Holocene. Journal of Climate 22: 316-330. doi: 10.1175/2008JCLI2342.1

Peros, M, K Gajewski & A Viau. 2008. Continental-scale tree population response to rapid climate change, competition and disturbance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 658-669

Finkelstein, S A and K Gajewski. 2008. Responses of Fragilarioid-dominated diatom assemblages in a small Arctic lake to Holocene climatic changes, Russell Island, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology 40: 1079-1095.

Gajewski, K. 2008. Comment on “Abrupt environmental change in Canada’s northernmost lake inferred from diatom and fossil pigment stratigraphy” by Dermott Antoniades et al. Geophysical Research Letters 35, L08701, doi:10.1029/2007GL032316.

Paull, T, P Hamilton, K Gajewski and M LeBlanc. 2008. Numerical analysis of small Arctic diatoms (Bacillariophyceae) representing the Staurosira and Staurosirella species complexes. Phycologia 47: 213-224.

Peros, M and K Gajewski. 2008. Testing the reliability of pollen-based diversity estimates. Journal of Paleolimnology 40: 357-368.

Bunbury, J and K Gajewski. 2008. Does a one point sample adequately characterize the lake environment for paleoenvironmental calibration studies? Journal of Paleolimnology 39: 511-531.

Peros, M and K Gajewski. 2008. Holocene climate and vegetation change on Victoria Island, western Canadian Arctic. Quaternary Science Reviews. 27: 235-249. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.09.002

Podritske, B and K Gajewski. 2007. Diatom community response to multiple scales of Holocene climate variability in a small lake on Victoria Island, NWT, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 26: 3179-3196.

Finkelstein, S and K Gajewski. 2007. A paleolimnological record of diatom community dynamics and late Holocene climatic changes from Prescott Island, Nunavut, central Canadian Arctic. The Holocene 17: 803-812.

Zabenskie, S and K Gajewski. 2007. Post-glacial climatic change on Boothia Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. Quaternary Research 68: 261-270.

Viau, A and K Gajewski. 2007. Comment on “The magnitudes of millennial- and orbital-scale climatic change in eastern North America during the Late Quaternary” by Shuman et al., 2005. Quaternary Science Reviews 26:264-267.

Watrin, J, A-M Lézine, K Gajewski and A Vincens. 2007. Pollen-plant-climate relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biogeography 34: 489-499.

Thesis supervision

Paul Beckwith, Ph.D.
Michelle Chaput, Ph.D.
Karen Neil, Ph.D. 
Emily Cooper, M.Sc.
Geneviève Tardif, M.Sc. 

Fields of Interest

  • Paleoclimatology and paleoecology
  • Climatology
  • Biogeography
  • Quaternary studies
  • Global change
  • Statistical analysis of environmental data
  • Geographic information system (GIS)
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