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2002: Teaching Dendrochronology at the College Level

Dr. Paul Sheppard, Assistant Professor

Dr. Thomas Swetnam, Professor and Director

Tentative Schedule, Subject to Change as Requested by Participants

Thursday, May 16

8:30-9:15 Coffee, welcome, introductions, Tom and Paul
9:15-10:00 Tour of Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Paul
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Crossdating using web-based applet, Paul
11:15-11:30 Evaluation of web-based applet, Paul
Click here for the survey (word doc)
11:30-12:00 Other web resources for teaching dendrochronology, Paul
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Crossdating using bigcone Douglas-fir paper exercise, Tom and Paul
2:00-3:00 Crossdating with real wood, Zuni Mountain Douglas-fir, Tom and Paul
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Classic principles of dendrochronology, Paul
4:00-4:45 Gather vans for trip to Tom's house
4:45-5:30 Drive out to Tom's house in Rincon Valley
5:30-8:30 BBQ, swimming (bring swim suits if you want), and planet gazing
Historical background of dendrochronology, Tom and Paul
8:30-9:15 Drive back to Tucson
Friday, May 17

8:00-5:00 Field trip on Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon: forest ecology, dendrogeomorphology, core sampling, equipment, Tom, Paul, Chris, and Christine
evening Entertainment options on campus:
Saturday, May 18

8:30-9:00 Coffee, etc.
9:00-9:30 Cleanup and care of equipment, Paul and Tom
9:30-10:00 Mounting cores, sample preparation techniques, publications, Tom and Paul
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Dendroecology: insect outbreaks and fire history, Tom
11:30-12:00 Forest fire management web presentation, Paul
Click here for a pretest-postest survey on wildland fire (word doc)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and evaluations
1:00-2:15 Dendroclimatology: principles and Excel case studies, Tom and Paul
Click here for examples of tree-ring and climate data sets
2:15-3:00 Dendroarcheology: principles and case studies, Paul
evening ??? A night out for Mexican cuisine ???


Notes about Friday field trip

Tucson weather

Dendrochronology books and t-shirts to buy while here

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA
Main Office: (520) 621-1608, Fax: (520) 621-8229
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