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The LTRS


Sampling the Bledsoe Cabin, Wynnewood State Historic Site, Tennessee Members of the LTRS present at the SEDAAG conference in Roanoke, Virginia Ready to sample the Thomas Pate/Cole Digges House in Yorktown, Virginia Sarah Wayman at her study site in El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico Lauren coring the Harding Cabin at Belle Meade Plantation, Tennessee Alex Dye takes notes at his study site on Rainy Mountain, Georgia Niki on the sandstone cliffs at El Morro National Monument, New Mexico Liz shows off a fire-scarred pine on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys Sampling oaks at the Cumberland Homesteads Historic District, Tennessee Sarah Wayman carefully measures the ring widths on a rare violin Grant cores a ponderosa pine at El Morro National Monument, New Mexico Maegen Rochner coring the Harned Cabin in Norris, Tennessee Henri saws into a fire-scarred pine, Paxton Springs, New Mexico

The LTRS

Here at the University of Tennessee, we are proud to house a world-class state-of-the-art laboratory for tree-ring research. The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science is supported by the Department of Geography and the College of Arts and Sciences, supplemented by funds from the National Science Foundation and many private donations. The laboratory is housed in the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), occupying four spacious, well-equipped rooms with all the amenities. We currently consist of two faculty members, seven graduate students, and five undergraduate students, all actively involved in dendrochronology, engaged in various research projects that cover archaeology to fire history to climate reconstruction. We also regularly engage in active research with faculty and graduate students in the Departments of Anthropology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, as well as with personnel from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Park Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Our Mission

Dendrochronology is a retrospective science that can provide glimpses into our environment long before humans pervasively altered the natural environment. We seek to learn more about the past to better understand the present so that we may be better prepared for the future. While the present may be the key to the past, without a doubt, the past may be the key to the future. Our goal is to conduct cutting-edge research in many facets of the Physical and Cultural sciences, and provide new knowledge concerning processes, both natural and human, that affect our environment. Our research is applied research. We believe that science is more fulfilling and rewarding when applied to improve the quality of living for humankind in some way.

Come Study With Us!

If you're interesting in joining a dynamic laboratory engaged in the full spectrum of dendrochronological research to further your graduate and professional careers, contact me and I'll be glad to talk with you about opportunities we have available. I can promise you that your training in our laboratory will prepare you for a satisfying and rewarding career upon graduation.


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