Our main research facility is the Dendroecology Laboratory located in Room 569 of the Social Sciences Tower. The lab is fully equipped for tree-ring analysis, with resources including 8 stereo-zoom microscopes, one imaging system interfaced with a Leica S6E scope and Adobe Photoshop CS, and two Velmex measuring systems. We primarily work in a Mac computing environment and use a broad set of analytical and design software including ArcGIS, MatLab, Adobe Creative Suite, and WinDENDRO. The lab also has a full suite of tree-ring sampling equipment including: 15+ increment borers of a variety of sizes, several 50 m and 100 m tapes, diameter tapes, compasses, handheld global positioning systems, backcountry camping equipment, two crosscut saws, and two chainsaws with safety equipment. We also have several Duluth packs and an insulated food pack to help us take our gear into the field.
REGIS CENTER FOR ART
Once tree-ring cores and cross-sections are brought back from the field, samples are prepared using equipment housed in the University of Minnesota's Department of Art. We're extremely fortunate to have access to the Regis Center, which is one of the premier art facilities in the nation. The Center has more than 155,000 square feet of work space and includes a wood shop, metal shop and saw mill. Even more importantly, the Center's professional staff are an enormously valuable resource who provide safety training and supervision to our staff and students while they are using woodworking equipment.
ANCIENT TIMBER ARCHIVE
In addition to our research facilities, long-term storage of tree-ring specimens is provided by our 'Ancient Timbers Archive' in the Rarig Art Center. This space includes industrial shelving for organizing and storing our collection and a fire-proof cabinet that is used to store our chainsaws and flammable materials.
Our group is fortunate to have our own research vessel: a gel-coated, 18' kevlar We•no•nah Champlain canoe named Woodshop I. The Woodshop has made several voyages into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and has only a few scars to show for it.