Summer Tree Ring Classes, University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) is offering short summer courses in dendrochronology, including studies in dendroclimatology, dendroecology, and dendroarchaeology. Classes will convene 19 May, 2014 on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Dendrochronology is the study of natural and human 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, climatic, geological, and cultural variables can be reconstructed and analyzed with high spatial and temporal resolution. These two- and three-week intensive courses will introduce students to theory, laboratory and field techniques, and current research in each subfield. Courses will be based at the LTRR 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 dendroclimatology or dendroecology course should have suitable background in ecology or climate studies in order to register. Contact the course instructor whose email is 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 Geosciences (GEOS) 597i (dendroclimatology), 497j/597j (dendroarchaeology), and 497k/597k (dendroecology). Online registration will open in March 2014. A non-credit workshop that runs concurrently is available through the LTRR; contact the Summer School Coordinator for further information. Prospective students should contact the Summer School Coordinator and/or instructor of the course of interest to obtain permission to register.

Tuition will be payable to the University of Arizona upon acceptance into the course by the instructors and submission of application materials. Off-campus housing is available and must be arranged separately. All international students or those requiring special arrangements to participate should contact one of the instructors as soon as possible, prior to registration. Additional details can be found here.

For registration, housing, and general information, please contact the Summer School Coordinator, Marianne Hamilton at 520-621-1608 or email at

Course Instructors and duration:
Dendroclimatology: Ramzi Touchan and David M. Meko; 5/19/2014 – 6/6/2014.

Dendroecology: Tom Swetnam, Don Falk, and Ellis Margolis; 5/19/2014 – 5/30/2014.

Dendroarchaeology: Ron Towner; 5/19/2014 – 6/6/2014.

Mail or fax:
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
University of Arizona
1215 E. Lowell Street
Bldg. No. 45B
Tucson AZ 85721 USA.
Fax 520-621-8229

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