The Center for Dendrochronology is a University of Minnesota research group that specializes in the development and interpretation of primary tree-ring datasets for application in the environmental sciences. Housed in the Department of Geography, we are three faculty and a productive cadre of graduate and undergraduate students. Our research is focused largely on reconstructing variability and change in paleoecology (including forest structure and disturbance) and paleoclimatology (from floods to drought). Our fieldwork takes us to amazing forest and woodland sites across North America.
[above] Kurt Kipfmueller Kurt Kipfmueller examined a tree cross section from Voyagers National Park.
Image by Glen Stubbe © Star Tribune 2015
[above] Mixed forest along the north shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota.
[above] Tree rings often reveal a fascinating history of drought (narrow bands) and wetness (wide bands).