Each tree has a story to tell. Dendrochronology is the study of natural and human processes that are recorded in the tree-ring record. Due to the remarkable preservation qualities of wood, tree-rings may be sampled across a wide geographical distribution, including unique preservation environments. Through the science of dendrochronology, a broad range of ecological, climatic, geological, and cultural variables can be reconstructed, and analyzed with high spatial and temporal resolution. Chronologies have been developed from a wide range of species all over the world, and new developments are always being pursued
The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) is offering three (3) short summer courses in dendrochronology, focusing on Dendroclimatology, Dendroecology, and Dendroarchaeology. Classes will convene for three weeks from May 14th - June 1st, 2018 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
These intensive courses will introduce students to theory, laboratory and field techniques, and current research in each subfield. Courses will be based at the Laboratory on the UA campus. Students will take a multi-day field trip to sites in the Southwest and collect data for analysis in the course. Lectures will be presented by course instructors and other leading scientists. Emphasis is placed on hands-on practical skills and project development in combination with background and theory.
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, and undergraduates who are interested in the dendroclimatology course should have basic background in statistics.
Contact the relevant course instructor listed below for more information about course content and prerequisites:
Courses can be taken for university credit by registering with the University of Arizona Summer School
. Course numbers are:
- GEOS/ANTH 497j/597j Dendroarchaeology
- GEOS 497i/597i Dendroclimatology
- GEOS 497k/597k Dendroecology
Logistics and cost:
Online registration will be open until March 15th, 2018. Please check back in January for more information on registration. Students may also take the course as a non-credit workshop, if graduate transcript credit is not required.
The approximate price for the three-week course, which includes the cost of the field trip:
- $1,522 and students registered through the UA graduate college.
- $1,300 for a non-credit workshop.
Reasonable accomodations are available in the University area. For further information on registration, housing and any other questions, please contact the Summer School Coordinator email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Printable flier for the 2018 courses