Patrick Pringle

Assoc. Professor of Earth Science
Centralia College
Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
Centralia WA


What led you to Earth and Space science?

My interest in Earth and Space Science dates to childhood in the 1950s and early 1960s when I was finding fossils, learning to identify rocks, and following the space program.


How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

I have belonged to AGU since the 1980s—I couldn’t tell you the year, but I was working for the USGS Volcanic Hazards Program then, and I enjoyed reading EOS.


What are you working on now?

I’m mostly teaching now, but I am actively involved in trying to date ancient subfossil trees via radiocarbon and dendrochronology here in the Pacific Northwest. The trees were typically killed by by volcanism, landslides, or coseismic subslidence. I am also a partner in an effort to create a science curriculum that incorporates studies of tree rings.