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Chris Gentry

Christopher Gentry


Earth and Environmental Sciences


  • Ph.D. Geography, Indiana State University
  • M.A. Geography, Indiana State University
  • B.A. Geosciences, Indiana University Southeast

Dr. Gentry is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His primary research interests include biogeography, dendrochronology, and spatial analysis. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Indiana State University. Dr. Gentry served as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research from 2012-2016, was on the Executive Committee of the Tree-Ring Society from 2015-2020, selected to be the State of Tennessee Geography Steward for the National Geographic Society from 2018-2020, and was the Interim Director of the Center of Excellence for Field Biology from 2021-2022.

  • Biogeography
  • Cartography
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Global Change
  • Landscape and Fire Ecology
  1. Brown, S.R., Baysinger, A., Brown, P.M., Cheek, J.L., Diez, J.M., Gentry, C.M., Grant, T.A., St. Jacques, J., Jordan, D.A., Leef, M.L., Rourke, M.K., Speer, J.H., Spradlin, C.E., Stevens, J.T., Stone, J.R., Van Winkle, B., Zeibig-Kichas, N.E. (2020) Fire history across forest types in the southern Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming. Tree-Ring Research, Vol 76(1). https://treeringresearch.org/doi/abs/10.3959/TRR2018-11?journalCode=trre
  2. Brown, P.M., Gentry, C.M., and Yao, Q. (2019) Historical and current fire regimes in ponderosa pine forests at Zion National Park, Utah: Restoration of pattern and process after a century of fire exclusion. Forest Ecology and Management. Forest Ecology and Management, Vol 445, pg 1-12. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112719304657?via%3Dihub
  3. van der Sleen, P., Dzaugis, M.P., Gentry, C.M., Hall, W.P., Hamilton, V., Helser, T.E., Matta, M.E., Underwood, C.A., Zuercher, R, Black, B.A. (2016) Long-term Bering Sea environmental variability revealed by a centennial-length biochronology of Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus). Climate Research Vol. 71, No. 1, pg 33-45, http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/cr/v71/n1/p33-45/
  4. Speer, J.H. and Gentry, C.M. (2012) Part 1. A Statewide Overview: Land Use, Soils, Flora, and Wildlife (pp. 3-32). In: Whitaker, J.O. and Amlaner, C.J. (eds.) Habitats and Ecological Communities of Indiana: Pre-settlement to Present. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN.
  5. Gentry, C.M., Lewis, D., and Speer, J.H. (2010) Using Isotopic Analysis and Dendroecological Methods to Analyze Hurricanes in Southeast Texas (pp 309-319). (In: Tree-ring and natural hazards: a state-of-the-art. Stoffel, M., Bollschweiler, M., Butler, D.R., and Luckman, B.H., eds.). Advances in Global Change Research 41, Springer Science, Heidelberg Germany. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-90-481-8736-2_30