Aquila Flower

Professor of Geography, Director of the Spatial Institute · She/They


I am a broadly trained geographer with research interests that fall within the intersection of climatology and biogeography. My research focuses on the role of climatic variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances in shaping forest, alpine, and coastal ecosystem dynamics. I teach physical geography and geospatial techniques courses.


PhD Geography, University of Oregon; MS Geography, University of Victoria; BA Geography, Humboldt State University.

Research Interests

Climate change, natural disturbances, and human land use patterns shape ecosystems at multiple spatial scales. A detailed understanding of these socio-ecological dynamics is crucial for sustainable management in the face of changing climatic conditions and evolving land use goals. My research focuses on understanding the complex, interactive effects of these factors on forested, alpine, and coastal ecosystems in western North America. I use a multidisciplinary suite of dendrochronological, ecological, statistical, and geospatial methods to examine ecosystem dynamics at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

My current main scholarly projecting is developing an open access digital Salish Sea Atlas.


Teaching Schedule

I teach physical geography and GIS classes. I am also the program lead and primary faculty advisor for our GIS Emphasis, Certificate and Minor, as well as our Climate Change Minor.

Fall 2023
On sabbatical to work on a Climate Change Assessment for the Salish Sea

Winter 2024
ENVS/ESCI 392 - Introduction to Climate Change
ENVS 420/520 - GIS III
ENVS 599 - Graduate Seminar: Biogeography

Spring 2024
ENVS 428/528 - Biogeography
ENVS 503 - Communicating Research Results
ENVS 599 - Graduate Seminar: Biogeography