Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk

Professor Emeritus
Office: Academic Surge 1286
Lab: Academic Surge 1324, Biogeography Laboratory


Biogeography, Physical Geography, Habitat Restoration and Conservation, Quaternary Environmental Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Arctic and alpine ecology, vegetation ecology.

Employment and Experience:

  • Ph.D., 1979, Geography (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A. (honors), 1975, Geography Major, Double Biology Minor, California State University, Fullerton.
  • 1981-present: Assistant to Associate to (Full) Professor; July 2007 change over to Senior Lecturer SOE, UC Davis
  • [Chair, Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, 1997-2002; Chair, Graduate Group in Geography, 2000-2005]
  • 1991-1996: Director, University of California Natural Reserve System, UC Office of the President
  • 1985-88, Research Scientist, UC White Mountain Research Station
  • 1979-1981: Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming


Ecology, Geography, Community Development Current Courses: WFC 10, WFC 155, WFC 156, WFC 157, GEO 200B, GEO 200D, GEO 210.

Selected Publications:

  • Price, Jon P., and Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk. 2004. Topographic History of the Maui Nui Complex, Hawai'i, and Its Implications for Biogeography. Pacific Science, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 27-54.
  • Toft, Catherine A., and Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk. 2002. Patterns of Vegetation Along a Spatiotemporal Gradient on Shoreline Strands of a Desert Basin Lake. Plant Ecology, vol., pp. 21-39.
  • Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L. 2000. The Taiga and Boreal Forest. In: Michael G. Barbour and William Dwight Billings, eds., North American Terrestrial Vegetation, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 41-74.
  • Stephens, Scott L., and Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk. 1999. Sequoiadendron giganteum - Mixed Conifer Forest Structure in 1900-91 from the Southern Sierra Nevada, CA. Madrono, Vol. 45, NO. 3, pp. 221-230.
  • Elliott-Fisk, D.L. and D.C. Erman (co-PIs) plus Science Team Members. 1997. Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, Final Report to Congress plus Addendum (4 volumes). University of California, Centers for Water and Wildland Resources, Davis. 328 pp.
  • Bach, A.J., and D. L. Elliott-Fisk. 1996. Soil Development on Late Pleistocene Moraines at Pine Creek, East-Central Sierra Nevada, California. Physical Geography , Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-28.
  • Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L. 1993. Viticultural Soils of California, with Special Reference to the Napa Valley. Journal of Wine Research, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 67-77.
  • Swanson, Terry W., Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L., and Randal J. Southard. 1993. Soil Development Parameters in the Absence of a Chronosequence in a Glaciated Basin of the White Mountains, California-Nevada. Quaternary Research, Vol. 39, pp. 186-200.
  • Jennings, Steven A., and Deborah L. Elliott-Fisk. 1993. Packrat Midden Evidence of Late Quaternary Vegetation Change in the White Mountains, California-Nevada. Quaternary Research, Vol 39, pp. 214-221.
  • Noble, A.C. and D.L. Elliott-Fisk. 1990. Evaluation of the Effects of Soil and Other Geographical Parameters on Wine Composition and Flavor: Napa Valley , California. pp. 37-45. Actualities Oenologiques 89, 4 Symposium International d'Oenologie. Paris: Dunod. 567 pp.
  • Bale, A., G. T. Orlob, and D. L. Elliott-Fisk. 1988. Paleoecological Modeling of Hydrologic Processes. pp. 29-42 In: Mariani, A. (ed.). Advances in Environmental Modelling, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L. 1987. Glacial Geomorphology of the White Mountains, California and Nevada: Establishment of a Glacial Chronology. Physical Geography, Vol. 8, No.4, pp. 299-323.
  • Elliott-Fisk, Deborah L. 1983. The Stability of the Northern Canadian Tree Limit. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 73, No. 4, pp. 560-576. Washington: Association of American Geographers.