1-unit Seminar for IANIGLA Mendoza
Proposed for teaching component of Fulbright Award to Argentina
Paul Sheppard, email: sheppard @ ltrr.arizona.edu
Note to Fulbright: I have taught this course before at the University of Arizona.
General objectives of this course
Learn by practice with dendrochemical analysis (inorganic, non-isotopic) of selected tree rings for content of relevant elements. Review concepts, techniques, issues, and applications of dendrochemistry as an environmental science.
We will meet for six weeks, about three hours per week. One hour per week will be spent in lecture/discussion, where we'll review relevant literature and learn concepts. The other two hours per week will be in the field or the lab, either together or individually, to actually do the many steps of dendrochemical analysis. These activities may take less than two hours during some weeks, more during other weeks.
Obligations and Expectations
- As a group, I hope for us to give a 1-hour seminar talk on our colloquium activities and results.
- Students will write a typical research report, ~8 pages of text plus figures, due just after the seminar presentation. Each student will have access to all data and results from all others.
- Examinations are not planned for this colloquium. Final grading will be determined as follows:
- Participation in lab activities and lecture-discussions (40%)
- Participation in 1-hour seminar presentation (10%)
- Written research report (50%): To be eligible for a grade of "B", the Introduction and Discussion sections must contain citations of all journal papers that we discuss in lecture. To be eligible for a grade of "A", the Introduction and Discussion sections must contain citations of other journal articles of your choosing from a list of pertinent research.
Office hours and readings
- Paul's office hours are essentially all the time. I'll reply as soon as possible to e-mail questions.
- Readings will be available in pdf format from the course website (tbd in Mendoza). Note: For reading PDF files, Adobe Acrobat Reader will be needed; it can be downloaded free HERE:
Flexible Schedule of Activities (subject to change) Week
1 Lecture: Why do Dendrochemistry: generally, specifically our project, bibliography
Reading: Lewis: 1995. Dendrochemistry in regional ecosystem health assessments: the forest health monitoring experience.
Reading: Cutter and Guyette: 1993. Anatomical, chemical and ecological factors affecting tree species choice in dendrochemistry studies.
Field: Collect tree-ring specimens nearby
2 Lecture: Tree physiology: translocation after ring formation, uptake mechanisms
Reading: Smith and Shortle: 1996. Tree biology and dendrochemistry.
Lab: Crossdate tree-ring specimens, chisel and bag tree-ring samples from cores
3 Lecture: Chemical measurement of wood
Reading: ICP-MS basics.
Reading: Other measurement options.
Lab: Begin acid dissolution of tree-ring samples
Lab: Put liquid samples in line for ICP-MS measurement
4 Lecture: Dendrochemistry of volcanic eruptions
Reading: Sheppard et al.: 2008. Multiple dendrochronological signals indicate the eruption of Parícutin Volcano, Michoacán, Mexico.
Reading: Sheppard et al.: 2009. Multiple dendrochronological responses to the eruption of Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.
Reading: Sheppard et al.: 2010. Dendrochemical evidence of the 1781 eruption of Mount Hood, Oregon.
Lab: Plot out early results
5 Lecture: Other dendrochemistry applications: non-essential element uptake
Reading: Sheppard et al.: 2007. Temporal variability of tungsten and cobalt in Fallon, Nevada.
Lab: Do figures and other results
Lab: Prepare presentation of results
6 1-hour seminar presentation 7 Research paper due
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA
Office: (520) 621-6474, Fax: (520) 621-8229
Comments to Paul Sheppard: sheppard @ ltrr.arizona.edu
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