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.
Dendroclimatology will place tree rings as natural archives of climate fluctuation in the context of interannual to millennial fluctuations in climate, and of other sources of evidence. The development of tree-ring records for use in the development of climate reconstructions, and the testing and use of such reconstructions will be covered by a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical exercises and student presentations.