Facilities

Tree-Ring Laboratory

The Tree-Ring Laboratory was established in 1995 to provide space for processing, measuring, and storing tree cores and slabs collected in conjunction with dendroecological research.

Tree-Ring Laboratory
Department of Geography
University of Georgia
GGY Building, Rm. B33 & B37
Athens, GA, 30602-2502
Phone : 706-542-6060
FAX : 706-542-2388

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The Tree-Ring Laboratory was established in 1995 to provide space for processing, measuring, and storing tree cores and slabs collected in conjunction with dendroecological research. The Tree-Ring Laboratory is housed in Rooms B33 and B37 of the Geography/Geology Building on the campus of the University of Georgia; it includes approximately 350 square feet of finished space, with countertops, sink, and cabinetry in an integrated work space for processing and handling cores. Equipment includes a belt sander and oven for core preparation, a freezer for material storage, and a fully automated increment measuring device. This device consists of a core/slab viewing stage mounted on a biaxial motor-driven platform. Cores are measured on a video microscopic image displayed on a CRT monitor. The measurement routine employs the OPTIMAS image analysis system and a macro tailored for tree-ring use. Cores can be visually inspected with a binocular microscope to verify measurement decisions and assist in crossdating procedures. Dendrochronological analysis is supported by the full library of International Tree-Ring Data Base software developed by personnel at the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona.

On-going dendroecological research includes study of sand pine population structure and dynamics throughout Florida and patterns of invasion of sand pine into longleaf pine savanna on Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. Graduate students or faculty in the Department of Geography who collect tree cores or slabs for dendroecological, dendroclimatic, or dendrogeomorphic research may use Tree-Ring Laboratory facilities after appropriate training.

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Parker, Albert J.

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Biogeography, Forest Ecology, Vegetation Dynamics, Disturbance Regimes, Environmental History

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Parker, Kathleen C.

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Biogeography, Plant Population Dynamics and Genetics, Arid Lands

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