Dr. Aondover Tarhule
Executive Associate Dean of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences
Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
Ph.D., Geography, McMaster University (1997)
Hydrology, Hydroclimatic variability, Dendrochonology, Africa
The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Aondover Tarhule, professor of Geography and environmental sustainability, as the first Executive Associate Dean of the College. Dr. Tarhule steps into his new role following six transformational years as Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Under his leadership, undergraduate student enrollments tripled, the number of tenured or tenure-track faculty lines doubled, new undergraduate and graduate degree programs were added in environmental sustainability, the GIS degree was reabsorbed back into the department, and two new state-of-the-art computer laboratories were developed, more than quintupling the department’s computing resources, among numerous other accomplishments.
In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Dean, Dr. Tarhule will also serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost where he will advise the Provost and facilitate interdisciplinary initiative across the Norman campus. Dr. Tarhule assumed both new positions on July 1, 2015.
Prior to coming to the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor in 1998, Dr. Tarhule was a Canadian Science Advisory council post-doctoral fellow at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He also spent one year at the University of Jos, Nigeria as the Rockefeller Foundation post-doctoral fellow. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geography at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. A native of Nigeria, Dr. Tarhule earned a B.Sc. degree in geography with first class honors and received a m.sc. degree in environmental resources planning both from the University of Jos, Nigeria.
Dr. Tarhule’s research focuses on hydroclimatic variability, hydrology and water resources, drought as well as climate information dissemination and use. His recent publications have appeared in Nature Climate Change, International Journal of Climatology, Climate, Hydrology Research, Hydrological Processes, and Water Policy. Regionally, his research has focused on the US Great Plains, as well as Africa, where he carried out the first ever systematic evaluation of the dendrochonological potential of West Africa’s tree species for climate reconstruction.
Dr. Tarhule serves on several editorial boards including The Scientific World Journal, African Geographical Review, and guest editor on Climate. He has served on technical program reviews for NOAA and numerous NSF panels. He was a consultant to the World Bank on the Strategic Development Action Plan of the Niger River Basin as well as the U.K. Directorate for International Development.
Dr. Tarhule lives in Norman, OK with his wife, Dr. Roosmarijn Tarhule-Lips, and their two children.