Dendroecology

Catalog Label: 
GEOS 497K / 597K
Course Category: 
Intensive Summer Session Courses
Level: 
Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Semester or Session: 
Summer Pre-Session
Instructors: 
Tom Swetnam
Don Falk
Ellis Margolis
Secondary Instructors: 
Ann Lynch
Primary Room: 
Units: 
2
Max Units: 
3
Course Description: 

Dendroecology is the study of ecological processes recorded in the tree-ring record. This record is retained over time due to the remarkable preservation qualities of wood, and across the wide geographical distribution of trees. Through the science of dendrochronology, a broad range of ecological variables can be reconstructed and analyzed with high spatial and temporal resolution.

This two-week intensive courses will introduce students to theory, laboratory and field techniques, and current research in dendroecology. Courses will be based at the LTRR (http://www.ltrr.arizona.edu/) with a field trip to the Santa Catalina Mountains. Lectures will be presented by course instructors and other leading scientists. Course readings are drawn primarily from the published literature. Classes are designed for graduate students as well as faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and working professionals with suitable backgrounds. Undergraduates who are interested in the dendroecology course should have suitable background in ecology in order to register.  Contact the course instructor whose email is listed below for prerequisites.