Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is more than a place to study dendrochronology. We literally wrote the book on it! The dating and study of annual growth rings in trees was formalized as a scientific discipline here when the lab was established in 1937. Dendrochronology is very much an interdisciplinary science, with specific application in many different research areas. These include fire history and fire ecology, paleoclimatology, archaeology, biogeography, isotope geochemistry, paleoecology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, numerical and statistical modeling, and even public health.
The Laboratory is a frequently used educational attraction for many groups including UA classes and labs, class groups from other universities, class groups from primary and secondary schools, and various non-academic organizations. Faculty, staff, and students have helped prepare museum displays and have appeared in PBS, BBC and German Public TV productions. We spend many hours each year visiting schools and community organizations and leading tours of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.