In Memoriam: Herbert E Wright Jr 1917-2015

Birks, H. J. B.; Ammann, Brigitta; Stefanova, I. (2016). In Memoriam: Herbert E Wright Jr 1917-2015. Holocene, 26(4), pp. 507-510. Sage 10.1177/0959683616634176

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Herbert E Wright Jr was one of the foremost Quaternary scientists of the last century. He made wide ranging contributions to our understanding of the late-Quaternary of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This was based largely on reconstructing palaeoenvironments from lake sediments and included the important implications for glacial, vegetational, fire and climatic history, geoarchaeology and conservation. Many of his inter-disciplinary research projects involved fieldwork with his graduate students and co-workers from the University of Minnesota where he created and led the renowned Limnological Research Center. Perhaps his most outstanding contribution was as an instigator of the Co-operative Holocene Mapping Project (COHMAP). This triggered a paradigm shift in Holocene climatic research involving the comparison of climate-model simulations of past climates with palaeoclimatic data.

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Ammann, Brigitta


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19 May 2016 16:38

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05 Dec 2022 14:55

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Co-operative Holocene Mapping Project, environmental history, Holocene research, inter-disciplinary studies, lake sediments, Minnesota




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