The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Dendrochronology has been applied as a research tool to many natural scientific disciplines, and it also constitutes its own line of research in many respects. Below is a list of various subdisciplines of dendrochronology, each of which has a list of recent publications that were authored or coauthored by someone currently at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. Direct e-mail links to authors are provided to aid in requesting reprints or more information about any particular article or general research endeavor.
Dendroclimatology: Reconstruction and study of past and present climate, including temperature, precipitation, and/or moisture availability.
- Hirschboeck, K.K., F. Ni, M.L. Wood, and C.A. Woodhouse. 1996. Synoptic dendroclimatology: overview and prospectus. In Tree-Rings, Environment and Humanity: Proceedings of the International Conference. Tucson, Arizona, 17-21 May 1994, edited by J.S. Dean, D.M. Meko, and T.W. Swetnam, pp. 205-223. Radiocarbon.
- Hughes, M.K., and G. Funkhouser. 1998. Extremes of moisture availability reconstructed from tree rings for recent millennia in the Great Basin of western North America. In The Impacts of Climate Variability on Forests, edited by M. Beniston and J. Innes, pp. 99-107. Springer Verlag, Berlin.
- Mann, M.E., R.S. Bradley, and M.K. Hughes. 1998. Global-scale temperature patterns and climate forcing over the past six centuries. Nature 392:779-787.
Dendroecology: Study of past and present forest ecological form and function, including topics such as fire and/or insect dynamics and forest composition history.
- Swetnam, T.W., B.E. Wickman, H.G. Paul, and C.H. Baisan. 1995. Historical patterns of western spruce budworm and douglas-fir tussock moth outbreaks in the Northern Blue Mountains, Oregon since A.D. 1700. Research Paper PNW-RP-484. Portland, OR: U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 27 p.
- Baisan, C.H. and T.W. Swetnam. 1997. Interactions of Fire Regimes and Land Use in the Central Rio Grande Valley. Research Paper RM-RP-330. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins.
- Swetnam, T.W. and J.L. Betancourt. 1998. Mesoscale disturbance and ecological response to decadal climatic variability in the American Southwest. Journal of Climate 211:3128-3147.
Dendrogeomorphology: Study of present landforms and past geomorphic processes, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, avalanches, glacial movement, and landslides.
- Sheppard, P.R. and L.O. White. 1995. Tree-ring responses to the 1978 earthquake at Stephens Pass, northeastern California. Geology 23(2):109-112.
Dendrohydrology: Related to dendroclimatology, reconstruction and study of past and present hydrologic phenomena, including water supply, river flow, and flood frequencies.
- Meko, D.M., Stockton, C.W., Boggess, W.R. 1995. The tree-ring record of severe sustained drought. Water Resources Bulletin 31(5):789-801.
- Stockton, C.W., D.M. Meko, and M.F. Glueck. 1998. Arid grasslands and water resources. In The Future of Arid Grasslands: Identifying Issues, Seeking Solutions. Tucson, Arizona, October 9-13, 1996. Proceedings RMRS-P-3, pp. 177-185. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins.
- House, P.K. and Hirschboeck, K.K.. 1997. Hydroclimatlogical and paleohydrological context of extreme winter flooding in Arizona, 1993. In Storm-Induced Geologic Hazards: Case Histories from the 1992-1993 Winter in Southern California and Arizona. Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology, v. XI:1-24.
Archeology: Dating and study of behavior of past human cultures.
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- Fairchild-Parks, J.A., and T.P. Harlan. 1994. Tree-ring dating of two log buildings in central Texas, USA. Tree-Ring Bulletin 52:67-73.
- Dean, J.S., M.C. Slaughter, and D.O. Bowden III. 1996. Desert dendrochronology: tree-ring dating prehistoric sites in the Tucson basin. Kiva 62:7-26.
- Dean, J.S. 1996. Dendrochronology and the study of human behavior. In Dean, J.S., Meko, D.M., and Swetnam, T.W., eds., Tree Rings, Environment, and Humanity. Radiocarbon 1996, Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson: 461-469.
- Towner, R.H. and B.P. Johnson. 1998. The San Rafael Canyon Survey: Reconstructing 18th Century Navajo Population Dynamics in the Dinétah Using Dendrochronological and Archaeological Data. Arizona State Museum Archaeological Research Series No. 64. University of Arizona, Tucson.
Stable Isotopes: Study of stable isotopes of carbon, oxygen, and/or hydrogen of tree rings and application of results in various climatological, ecological, or hydrological contexts.
- Bert, D., Leavitt, S.W., Dupouey, J.-L. 1997. Variations of wood delta-13C and water-use efficiency of Abies alba during the last century. Ecology 78(5):1588-1596.
- Leavitt, S.W., Wright, W.E., Long, A. 1998. ENSO signal in delta-13C of pre- and post-false latewood of ponderosa pine tree rings in southeastern Arizona. In Wilson, R. and Tharp, V.L., eds., Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Pacific Climate (PACLIM) Workshop, April 6-9, 1997. California Department of Water Resources, Interagency Ecological Program for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Estuary, Technical Report 57:37-44.
- Wright, W.E., S.W. Leavitt, and A. Long. 1999. ENSO teleconnections: Eastern Pacific Sea surface temperature correlations with del 18O in southeastern Arizona precipitation and tree cellulose. Pp. 97-109 in R. Wilson and L. Buffaloe, Proceedings of the 15th Annual Pacific Climate (PACLIM) Workshop, April 27-30, 1998.
Dendrochemistry-Environmental Studies: Analysis of inorganic elements in tree rings and interpretation of chemical changes in the environment through time.
- Sheppard, P.R., P. Casals, and E. Gutiérrez. In review. Relationships between soil nutrient availability at the tree scale with dendrochronological tree growth. In Proceedings of the 9th North American Forest Soils Conference (Lake Tahoe, CA).
- Sheppard, P.R. and T.L. Thompson. In review. Measurement and interpretation of nitrogen in tree rings. Chemical Geology.
Basic Techniques: Improving methods of dendrochronology, including use of high-technology methods such as X-ray densitometry and image analysis.
- Munro, M.A.R., P.M. Brown, M.K. Hughes, and E.M. Garcia. 1996. Image analysis of tracheid dimensions for dendrochronological use. In Tree Rings, Environment and Humanity: Proceedings of the International Conference. Tucson, Arizona, 17-21 May 1994, edited by J.S. Dean, D.M. Meko, and T.W. Swetnam, pp. 843-852. Radiocarbon, Tucson.
- Sheppard, P.R., L.J. Graumlich, and L.E. Conkey. 1996. Reflected-light image analysis of conifer rings for reconstructing climate. The Holocene 6(1):62-68.
- Sheppard, P.R. 1999. Overcoming extraneous wood color variation during low-magnification reflected-light image analysis of conifer tree rings. Wood and Fiber Science 31(2):106-115.
Quantitative Methods: Basic research on how best to quantitatively analyze tree-ring data.
- Cook, E.R., K.R. Briffa, D.M. Meko,, D.S. Graybill, and G. Funkhouser. 1995. The 'segment length curse' in long tree-ring chronology development for paleoclimatic studies. The Holocene 5(2):229-237.
- Sheppard, P.R., R.L. Holmes, and L.J. Graumlich. 1998. The "many fragments curse": a special case of the segment length curse. Tree-Ring Bulletin 54:1-9.
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