Summer 2017 Dendro Presession Courses at the University of Arizona LTRR

Registration is now open for the 2017 summer presession courses. Please see the LTRR Courses webpage for more information if you are interested in taking other courses offered through the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.

Each tree has a story to tell. Dendrochronology is the study of natural and human processes that are 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, climatic, geological, and cultural variables can be reconstructed, and analyzed with high spatial and temporal resolution. Chronologies have been developed all over the world.

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 15 May 2017 through 2 June 2017 at the campus of 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, with field trips to sites in the Southwest region. 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, and undergraduates who are interested in the dendroclimatology course should have basic background in statistics.  Contact the relevant course instructor listed below for prerequisites:

Registration and logistics

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

Online registration will be open until 15 March 2017. A non-credit workshop that runs concurrently is available through the LTRR; contact the Summer School Coordinator for further information. For registration, housing, and general information, please contact the Summer School Coordinator by email at (or 1-520-621-1608).

Registration for credit course and workshop closes when full.

Tuition will be payable to the University of Arizona upon acceptance into the course by the instructors and submission of application materials. International students or those requiring special arrangements to participate should contact one of the instructors prior to registration.

Contact information:

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

1215 E. Lowell Street, Bldg. No. 45B, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA.

Email at

Telephone: +1-520-621-1608

Fax: +1-520-621-8229

We look forward to seeing you this summer!