Valerie Trouet is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate in bioscience engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 2004 and has worked at Pennsylvania State University and at the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape before moving to Tucson.
Trouet is a dendrochronologist whose research focuses on past climate variability and how it has influenced human systems and ecosystems. She has used tree rings to study hurricanes, snowpack, wildfire and the jet stream. Her research has brought her to sub-Saharan Africa to study trees, to Siberia and the Californian Sierra Nevada to study fire history and to the Balkans, where she was part of a team that found the oldest-known (1,075 years!) living tree in Europe.
She has published more than 60 scientific papers, is a University of Arizona Distinguished Scholar, and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, and NPR’s Science Friday, amongst others. Trouet's first book, "Tree Story," is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2020.