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History of the LTRS

1993 to 2000

May 1993: Sally Horn becomes attracted to the idea of coring trees as well as lakes and attends the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek at Mountain Lake Biological Station near Blacksburg, Virginia, with students Charles Lafon and Diana Wolfram. Sally and Henri meet for the first time.

January 1995: Sally Horn and student Lisa Kennedy collect initial tree-ring samples in the Dominican Republic.

August 1997: Jim Speer begins his Ph.D. research. Under Ken Orvis, Jim conducts a massive research program to understand mast ecology from tree rings for oaks at numerous sites throughout  the southern Appalachian Mountains.

1997-1999: Jim works with Ken and Sally to acquire equipment and space for lab work in dendrochronology at the University of Tennessee. Jim oversees the lab and instructs other students in field and laboratory techniques.

1997-1999: Ph.D. student Charles Lafon (with help from Jim) conducts dendroecological research in the southern Appalachians analyzing ice storms as important disturbance agents.

1998-2000: Sally Horn, Ken Orvis, Jim Speer, and Lisa Kennedy collect tree-ring samples at several sites in the Dominican Republic.

May 2000: Charles Lafon receives his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography. Congratulations, Charles!

2000

August 2000: Henri Grissino-Mayer joins the faculty in the Department of Geography. The formalizing of a laboratory dedicated to tree-ring science begins.

December 2000: Five masters' thesis projects are soon underway: Michael Armbrister (fire ecology of Table Mountain pine), Jake Cseke (tree-ring studies of gap dynamics), Beth Atchley (dendroecology of Torreya taxifolia), Daniel Lewis (fire history of kipukas in New Mexico), and David Mann (dendroarchaeology of the Swaggerty blockhouse).
2000-2001: Rooms are outfitted, equipment is purchased, duties are assigned, and projects organized. The tree-ring lab is in full swing...

2001

April 2001: The lab receives its first substantial grants from the Joint Fire Science Program for $28,000 and $30,000, to study fire regimes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and El Malpais National Monument.

May 18, 2001: While in the field at El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico, the laboratory gains its name, the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science (we were camping on the south end of Little Hole-in-the-Wall at the entrance road to Mesita Blanca).

July 2001: Henri Grissino-Mayer, Paul Sheppard (Arizona), and Malcolm Cleaveland (Arkansas) travel to England to help date violins in the Ashmolean Museum and at the Royal Academy of Music.

August 2001: First organizational meeting attended by Henri Grissino-Mayer, Sally Horn, and Ken Orvis, with students Kevin Anchukaitis, David Mann, Daniel Lewis, Beth Atchley, Jake Cseke, Bill Reding, and Michael Armbrister.

Fall 2001: Jim Speer receives his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography. Congratulations, Jim!

Fall 2001: The LTRS begins a collaborative project with members from the Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. Claudia Mora and graduate student Dana Miller, through the UT's Global Environmental Change Research Group. Oxygen isotopes + hurricanes + tree rings... oh my.

November 2001: Henri Grissino-Mayer, Paul Sheppard (Arizona), and Malcolm Cleaveland (Arkansas) announce to the world that the "Messiah" violin was contemporary with Stradivari.

2002

May 2002: We're proud to report that Michael Armbrister, David Mann, and Bill Reding completed their master's theses, the first produced by members of our lab.

June 2002: We're also very proud to report that Kevin Anchukaitis has joined the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona to work on his Ph.D.

August 2002: Charles Lafon of Texas A&M and Henri Grissino-Mayer receive the lab's first major grant of $280,000 to investigate the fire history of Table Mountain pine in central Virginia. Go, team.

October 2002: New Ph.D. student Georgina Wight joins the LTRS. Her dissertation research will involve reconstructing the fire history of Table Mountain pine stands in Virginia.

November 2002: Sally Horn, Ken Orvis, and Henri Grissino-Mayer initiate dendroecological research on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. Seriously. Really. The Bahamas...

2003

January 2003: The LTRS receives its second major grant, $153,000 from the NSF, from a masterful proposal organized and co-written by Ken Orvis. AND, the grant provides our first funded Research Technician, Daniel Lewis.

January 2003: We initiate new research using oxygen isotopes to reconstruct monsoon variability in the American Southwest with student Whitney Nelson.

June 2003: The LTRS receives its third major grant, $150,000 from the NSF, to analyze oxygen isotope ratios in tree rings to study past hurricane activity, with Dr. Claudia I. Mora as co-principal investigator.

July 2003: Daniel Lewis receives his master's degree studying the fire regimes on kipukas in El Malpais National Monument, while Jake Cseke receives his master's degree studying gap phase dynamics from tree rings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

August 2003: We welcome four new graduate students to the laboratory, Evan Larson (M.S.), Alison Miller (M.S.), and Saskia van de Gevel (Ph.D.), while David Mann (Ph.D.)  rejoins us after a year in Afghanistan serving his country.

Fall 2003: Our lab continues to grow quickly as we welcome two new graduate students to the laboratory, Joe Henderson (Ph.D.) and Chris Underwood (M.S.).

2004

March 2004: We begin investigating Abraham Lincoln's log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky, to assess its authenticity based on tree-ring analyses. This research is soon featured on the History Channel.

May 2004: We say goodbye and congratulations to Beth Atchley for completing her master's degree, investigating the declining Torreya taxifolia in northern Florida.

August 2004: We welcome new Ph.D. student Justin Hart from the University of Alabama, who's interested in modeling gap phase dynamics in southern Appalachian forests.

August 2004. We also welcome Michelle Pfeffer, a talented undergraduate major, who will be conducted her senior honor's thesis research in our laboratory!

November 2004: The LTRS continues to bring in grants from the Tennessee Historical Commission, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and Wake Forest University.

December 2004: We initiate new research collaborating with Scott Schlarbaum and Stacy Clark in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, analyzing butternut decline in the Appalachians.

2005

February 2005: We are proud to learn that Saskia van de Gevel is awarded a very prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations, Saskia!

April 2005: Saskia van de Gevel and Evan Larson are both awarded the Robert G. Long Outstanding Graduate Student Awards from the Department of Geography! Congratulations Saskia and Evan!

April 2005: More good news: David Mann is awarded the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award from the Department of Geography, while Georgina Wight is awarded a Student Publication Award. Congratulations David and Georgina!

April 2005: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer was presented the Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, one of only two faculty members so awarded from the entire university.

April 2005: Yet another award! We are proud to report that Georgina Wight is awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation! Congratulations, Georgina!

Summer 2005: The LTRS initiates new research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (2 projects), the Tennessee Historical Commission, the USDA Forest Service, The Hermitage (Nashville), and Tannenbaum State Park (NC), totaling over $50,000!

September 2005: We formally say goodbye to Evan Larson. Evan spent just two years in our lab and in that time completed his master's thesis on fire history of whitebark pine, earned a minor in environmental policy, and earned a very prestigious EPA STAR Fellowship to continue his research at the University of Minnesota. We'll miss you, Evan.

October 2005: We welcome two new graduate students, Jessica Brogden (M.S.) and Lisa Wilkins (Ph.D) to the LTRS. Welcome! (and good luck!)

December 2005: More student grants! We are proud to report that David Mann is awarded a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation! Congratulations, David!

2006

February 2006: On February 21, we are all deeply saddened and shocked to learn that our own Michelle Pfeffer passed away from leukemia. She was an integral part of our lab for nearly a year and a half, helping out on numerous fieldtrips and demonstrating her stewardship of the Earth. We will never forget your lesson to us: "I am myself and what is around me; if I do not save it, it will not save me."

April 2006: Saskia van de Gevel and Tim Green, an undergraduate assistant in our lab, are both awarded $3,000 from the W.K. McClure Fund for the Study of World Affairs at the University of Tennessee to travel to China and Mongolia in June to participate in the international dendrochronology conference and fieldweek!

April 2006: More Awards! Justin Hart, Saskia van de Gevel, and Georgina DeWeese are presented Student Publication Awards, Chris Underwood is presented the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Saskia van de Gevel is presented the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, and Georgina DeWeese and Joe Henderson are presented Exceptional Professional Accomplishment awards! Congratulations everyone!

April 2006: We're proud to report that Justin Hart, Chris Underwood, and Saskia van de Gevel have all been awarded prestigious GK-12 fellowships through a grant to Dr. Sally Horn and Dr. Ken Orvis from the National Science Foundation.

May 2006: The LTRS receives another large grant, this time from the Joint Fire Science Program, for $300,000. Collaborators include Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, Dr. Charles W. Lafon of Texas A&M, and Dr. Sally P. Horn. The grant will support graduate student Lisa LaForest for three years.

May 2006: We say good-bye to Joe Henderson who completed a masterful dissertation on the climate and fire history of longleaf pine. Joe, you brightened up our laboratory with your expertise and wit. The lab will never be the same without you.

June 2006: At the 7th International Conference on Dendrochronology held in Beijing, China, Saskia van de Gevel won Honorable Mention in the Student Paper Competition, while Henri D. Grissino-Mayer was presented with an Outstanding Service Award!

2007

February 2007: We also say a fond farewell to Chris Underwood who successfully defended his master's thesis, which involved reconstructing past climate from western junipers in central Oregon. We'll miss you, Chris! Luckily for us, Chris will be entering our Ph.D. program working with Dr. Sally Horn on soil charcoal analyses!

February 2007: Congratulations to Georgina DeWeese who was recently hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia beginning in Fall 2007!

April 2007: Alison Miller successfully defended her master's research project on the fire history of Abaco Island in the Bahamas. We will miss you, Alison, and hope you have a great career ahead of you at ExxonMobile in Houston!

April 2007: More awards! Georgina DeWeese received a Student Publication Award, Lisa LaForest received the Exceptional Professional Promise Award, David Mann received the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, while Jessica Slayton received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. Congratulations all!

May 2007: Saskia van de Gevel is awarded a second year NSF GK-12 Fellowship!

May 2007: Another sad good-bye. Justin Hart successfully defended his dissertation on the disturbance ecology and stand dynamics of a site in the Cumberland Plateau. Best to you, Justin!

July 2007: Georgina DeWeese joined us in Fall 2002 and we're proud to report she successfully defended her dissertation, turned it in to the Grad School, and has started her new job at the University of West Georgia. We'll miss your wry sense of humor, Georgina!

August 2007: We welcome three new graduate students to the LTRS: John Sakulich (M.S. Penn State), Mark Spond (M.S. Arkansas), and Ian Feathers (B.A. Tennessee) bring a wealth of expertise and field experience to the lab. Welcome!

December 2007: David Mann was a mainstay in our lab for over 7 years, since my arrival here in 2000. We're pleased to announce that Dave completed his Ph.D. degree and is now an Ensign in the Meteorology and Oceanography Command of the United States Navy! Now, I don't know who to route for, Army (Dr. Joe Henderson) or Navy (Dr. David Mann)!

2008

February 2008: We're happy to report that Saskia van de Gevel was offered and has accepted a position as Lecturer at Appalachian State University beginning this fall!

March 2008: We're pleased to welcome Christine Biermann to our laboratory! She comes to us from Sally Horn's lab via the State University of New York in Geneseo! Welcome Christine!

April 2008: John Sakulich and Mark Spond are awarded NSF Fellowships through our GK-12 Earth Science Program!

April 2008: At the Department's annual awards ceremony, Saskia van de Gevel, Jessica Slayton, and Maggie Stevens received Student Publication Awards, Saskia van de Gevel and Mark Spond received the Exceptional Professional Promise Award, and Christine Biermann, John Sakulich, and Ian Feathers received Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. Congratulations all!

April 2008: We're very proud that our own Philip White was awarded the Michelle D. Pfeffer Outstanding Senior Award in our department! Phil is now on his way to Appalachian State University where he will work with Saskia van de Gevel and Pete Soule.

April 2008: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer received the Department of Geography's Outstanding Teaching Award.

April 2008: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer was chosen to receive the Team Excellence Award from the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Disability Services!

August 2008: For 5 years, we were fortunate to have the experience and enthusiasm of Saskia van de Gevel in our lab, but she's now turned in her dissertation and started her new job at Appalachian State University. We'll miss you, Saskia! Best, wishes!

August 2008: We welcome three new graduate students to the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science: Monica Rother from Willamette University (and recipient of a Graduate School Fellowship this year), Grant Harley from the University of South Florida, and our first international student, Yanan Li from China. Welcome to the lab, you guys!

August 2008: Monica Rother is awarded a very prestigious J. Wallace and Katie Dean Graduate School Fellowship, one of only 20 awarded university wide!

August 2008: Grant Harley is awarded a NSF Fellowship through our GK-12 Earth Science Program!

December 2008: More grants for graduate student research! Daniel Lewis is awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation!

2009

March 2009: Monica Rother goes nuts! She is awarded a $3,600 Summer Research Assistantship from UT's Office of Research, a $39,000 grant from the National Park Service, and then is awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, worth $120,000! Congratulations, Monica!

April 2009: We're very proud that our own Ruby Munoz was awarded the Michelle D. Pfeffer Outstanding Senior Award in our department!

April 2009: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer received the Department of Geography's Outstanding Teaching Award.

April 2009: At the Department's annual awards ceremony, Lisa LaForest received a Student Publication Award, while Lisa LaForest and Grant Harley received Exceptional Professional Promise Awards! Monica Rother received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Congratulations all!

April 2009: Congratulations to John Sakulich and Christine Biermann, who received the Department of Geography's Robert G. Long Outstanding Graduate Student Awards (Ph.D. and M.S.), the most prestigious awards the department offers!

May 2009: Mark Spond is awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation!

May 2009: Nancy Li is awarded a Best Master's Proposal Award by the Biogeography Specialty Group of the AAG! Congratulations, Nancy!

June 2009: We say good-bye to Christine Biermann, one of the most accomplished students ever in our lab, and wish her well in the Ph.D. program at Ohio State University!

July 2009: We spend three weeks at El Malpais National Monument and the Cibola National Forest, collecting samples for both Monica Rother and Mark Spond, assisted by graduate students Hunter Terrell, Ryan Foster, and Nancy Li, undergraduate assistants Niki Garland, Sarah Jones, and Kevin Russell, and GK-12 teacher Ann McGhee. Probably the best field trip ever!

August 2009: Grant Harley is awarded a second-year NSF Fellowship through our GK-12 Earth Science Program!

October 2009: Sally Horn and Henri Grissino-Mayer initiate a new project investigating past changes in vegetation using both tree rings and sediment cores in the Florida Keys, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This will make up the Ph.D. project of Grant Harley.

2010

January 2010: Grant Harley is awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation! $12,000 will go a long way!

February 2010: We say a sad but happy good-bye to Ian Feathers, who spent nearly three years in our lab as both an undergraduate and graduate student. He recently completed his master's thesis and wish him well in his new job in Alabama!

February 2010: We initiate a new project working on posts extracted by the Florida Museum of Natural History from the Fountain of Youth archaeological site in St. Augustine, Florida. How cool is that? Undergraduate student Niki Garland will be working on this project.

March 2010: Sally Horn, Henri Grissino-Mayer, Grant Harley, and Desiree Ketteringham spend a week on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, extracting sediment cores from four ponds. Lotsa mud and poisonwood!

April 2010: At the Department's annual awards ceremony, John Sakulich and Mark Spond received Outstanding Teaching Associate Awards, while Lisa LaForest, Kevin Patrick, and Grant Harley received Student Publication Awards! Congratulations all!

April 2010: We're very proud that Monica Rother received the 2010 Robert G. Long Outstanding Graduate Student Award (M.S.). Congratulations Monica!

April 2010: Yet another major award! Congratulations to Niki Garland who received the 2010 Michelle D. Pfeffer Outstanding Senior Award! Niki makes the 4th student from our lab to win the award in the last five years!

April 2010: They keep rolling in! We're very proud that Sarah Jones and Jennifer White were selected to serve on the Dean's Student Advisory Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences! Congratulations Sarah and Jennifer!

June 2010: Team Metopium (Grant Harley, Henri Grissino-Mayer, Niki Garland, Ann McGhee, and Becki Stratton) spends 10 days collecting samples in the Florida Keys. Poisonwood and heat indices of nearly 110 degrees dominated!

July 2010: Sally Horn will serve as the Director of the new Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research funded by the University of Tennessee's Office of Research. Both the Laboratory of Paleoenvironmental Research and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science will play vital roles.

July 2010: Team Tatanka (Niki Garland, Henri Grissino-Mayer, Grant Harley, Sarah Jones, and Clint Wayman) spends 12 days at El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments in New Mexico collecting samples for both Niki's and Sarah's future masters research.

July 2010: And so the cycle goes... we say a sad goodbye and fond farewell to Monica Rother who completed her M.S. degree this summer. She will now be working on her Ph.D. with Tom Veblen at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Don't forget your roots, Monica!

August 2010: We welcome two new members to the laboratory, Niki Garland (B.A. 2010, University of Tennessee) and Alex Pilote (B.S. 2010, Tennessee Tech University). Welcome, you guys!

August 2010: The laboratory and Dr. Glenn Tootle, our colleague in Civil and Environmental Engineering, are awarded a $167,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to reconstruct the hydroclimatology of the Upper Colorado River Basin! Go team!

November 2010: We're proud to report that Jessica Slayton has completed and successfully defended her M.S. thesis on fire history in Idaho! Congratulations, Jessica!

December 2010: More graduate students graduating! We're pleased that Nancy Li has successfully defended and turned in her master's thesis, which investigated climate response and stability in Southeastern U.S. tree species. Congratulations, Nancy!

2011

January 2011: Two successful grants to report! Our lab has been awarded $7,500 from the Western National Parks Association to conduct research at El Malpais National Monument, and the National Science Foundation is providing us with $279,000+ to fund the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek for the next five years!

February 2011: We welcome our first international visitor to the LTRS, Adjunct Assistant Professor Nesibe Kose of the University of Istanbul, Turkey, who will be working and collaborating with us through November! Welcome, Nesibe!

April 2011: Congratulations to Sarah Jones who received the 2011 Michelle D. Pfeffer Outstanding Senior Award! Sarah makes the 5th student from our lab to win the award in the last five years!

April 2011: More awards! At this year's departmental awards ceremony, Grant Harley, Niki Garland, and Lisa LaForest received Student Publication Awards, while Grant Harley received the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award. Congratulations all!!!

June 2011: We spend a fantastic, smoke-filled (thanks to the Arizona wildfires) three weeks in New Mexico (again), collecting samples for graduate students Alex Pilote and future graduate student Sarah Jones, assisted by Grant Harley, Niki Garland, and Nesibe Kose. We were fortunate to be assisted by Ross Alexander, Dorothy Rosene, and Kristin de Graauw of Indiana State, and Pixi O'Rielly of Phoenix, Arizona!

August 2011: At this year's North American Dendroecological Fieldweek in Blacksburg, Virginia, LTRS members were prominent, including Henri Grissino-Mayer and Grant Harley (Group Leaders) and Niki Garland (Assistant Group Leader).

August 2011: We welcome three new members to the laboratory, Sarah Jones (B.A. 2011, University of Tennessee), Dorothy Rosene (B.S. 2011, Indiana State University), and Alex Dye (B.S. 2011, IUPUI). Welcome, you guys!

November 2011: Henri Grissino-Mayer and students Grant Harley and Alex Dye, drive to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to collect samples from an 1855 timber crib dam that once spanned the Rappahannock River and was used by troops during the Civil War!

2012

April 2012: Grant Harley, Alex Dye, Chris Petruccelli, and Henri Grissino-Mayer travel to Berryville, Virginia (near the border with West Virginia) to take cores and collect cross sections from logs used to construct two 18th century houses.

April 2012: Sadly, Alex Pilote officially leaves the LTRS after completing his M.S. degree in less than two years. He will enter the Ph.D. program in Plant Biology at the University of Georgia this August. Good luck, Alex! We'll miss having you in our lab!

April 2012: More awards! At this year's departmental awards ceremony, Grant Harley received a Student Publication Award, while Alex Pilote, Dorothy Rosene, and Sarah Jones all received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. Congratulations all!!!

April 2012: Congratulations to Grant Harley who received the 2012 Robert G. Long Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award for his many accomplishments during his four years in our program! Congratulations, Grant, from all of us in the LTRS!

May 2012: Another one of our lab family members leaves us, as Grant Harley has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Grant truly elevated our lab to even greater heights. He will be greatly missed by all of us!

June 2012: Henri Grissino-Mayer serves as a co-Group Leader at the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek held at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico, accompanied by laboratory assistant, Maria Owens.

August 2012: We welcome two new lab members! Lauren Stachowiak is an incoming Ph.D. student and comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania, while Liz Schneider enters our M.S. program, coming to us from the University of Oregon! Welcome, you two!

August 2012: We are very pleased to announce that incoming Ph.D. student Lauren Stachowiak has been awarded a prestigious J. Wallace and Katie Dean Fellowship from the University of Tennessee's Graduate School!

December 2012: Our very own Sarah Jones has been awarded a very prestigious and  highly competitive internship to work with the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. during spring 2013. Congratulations, Sarah!

December 2012: The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science is awarded a grant to investigate the construction history of two historic structures at the Wynnewood State Historic Site in Castalian Springs, Tennessee!

2013

January 2013: We welcome yet another new graduate student to our tree-ring lab family! M.S. student Maegen Rochner (B.S. 2012, Indiana University-Southeast) will be the first student in our group to use dendrogeomorphology in her research!

January 2013: As we welcome new students, we must say a sad good-bye to Niki Garland who completed requirements for her M.S. degree, and was a valuable member of our lab for three and a half years. Her energy and commitment will be greatly missed!

February 2013: Members of the LTRS initiate a new project at Cumberland Homesteads Historic District in Crossville, Tennessee, to determine if trees on their landscape date to the creation of the district in the late 1930s.

February 2013: We officially welcome new masters student Savannah Collins to our lab! She's been an unofficial member for a few months now, but she's now decided to pursue a topic that investigates longleaf pine for a hurricane signal! Welcome, Savannah!

March 2013: Members of the LTRS (Liz Schneider, Lauren Stachowiak, Alex Dye, Savannah Collins, Daniel Brock, Alex Collier, and Brandon Corrier) spend two days sampling the Bledsoe and Spencer Cabins  at the Wynnewood State Historic Site!

March 2013: The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Science is awarded a grant to investigate the construction history of the famous Harding Cabin at the Belle Meade Plantation, outside Nashville, Tennessee!

April 2013: We say goodbye to Alex Dye who joined our lab in Fall 2011, and completed the requirements for his M.S. degree in Geography. Alex has also been awarded a competitive intership with the Chicago Botanical Gardens until December 2013!

April 2013: LTRS graduate students rake in numerous awards at this year's Department of Geography Awards Ceremony! Niki Garland and Alex Dye are awarded Student Publication Awards, while Sarah Jones is awarded an Exceptional Professional Accomplishment Award! Congratulations you three!

April 2013: More awards! Alex Dye and Lauren Stachowiak are awarded prestigious Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards at this year's departmental awards cermony! Congratulations Alex and Lauren!

May 2013: Liz Schneider breaks out -- in awards! Liz is awarded the Best M.S. Proposal Award from the Biogeography Specialty Group of the AAG, then learns she is the recipient of the Master's Student Scholarship Award from the International Association of Wildland Fire! Congratulations, Liz!!!

June 2013: Lauren Stachowiak, Liz Schneider, and Henri Grissino-Mayer ("Team Blue Hole") spend a week on Big Pine Key, Florida, scouting and collecting samples for Lauren's Ph.D. research!

July 2013: Lauren Stachowiak, Liz Schneider, and Henri Grissino-Mayer ("Team Horny Toad") spend two weeks collecting samples in the Magdalena Mountains of New Mexico for Liz's M.S. thesis research!

November 2013: Lauren Stachowiak, Liz Schneider, Maegen Rochern, Sarah Wayman, Savannah Collins, and Henri Grissino-Mayer all present posters at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers!

December 2013: The lab is in very capable hands! Associate Director Dr. Sally Horn was presented with the College of Arts and Sciences's Outstanding Teaching Award while Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer was presented with the college's Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award!

2014

March 2014: Lab members Henri Grissino-Mayer, Maegen Rochner, Rebecca Groh, and Devin Depointe travel to Yorktown, Virginia to resample the Thomas Pate/Cole Digges House!

April 2014: The lab was well-represented at the 2014 AAG meeting! Sarah Jones and Maegen Rochner gave posters, while Savannah, Liz, Lauren, and Henri all gave oral presentations about their research!

April 2014: Awards time! Lauren Stachowiak, Liz Schneider, Savannah Collins, and Maegen Rochner all win Student Publication Awards at this year's Department of Geography awards ceremony!

April 2014: More awards! Maegen Rochner is awarded an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award while Savannah is awarded the Extraordinary Service to the Department Award! Congratulations you two!

April 2014: Oh, I wasn't done! Maegen Rochner and undergraduate lab assistant Rebeccah Groh were inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society!

April 2014: Liz Schneider caps off an incredible academic year of honors and awards for the LTRS when she was presented with the Chancellor's Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise! Congratulations, Liz!

May 2014: Lauren Stachowiak, Liz Schneider, Maegen Rochner, and Henri Grissino-Mayer travel to Elizabethton, Tennessee, to sample the historic structure Sabine Hill.

May 2014: We have to say yet another "good-bye" to one of our dendro-family members. Liz has been a major part of this lab in so many ways and we're going to miss her and her "NO WAY!" enthusiasm. Best of luck, Liz. Do us proud!

June 2014: Lauren, Liz, Maegen, and Henri travel to the National Key Deer Refuge on Big PIne Key, Florida, to continue collecting samples for Lauren's dissertatin research.

July 2014: Lauren, Maegen, and Henri travel to the remote Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming to participate in the 24th annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek!

July 2014: More awards! Lauren was chosen to be a Group Leader at the 24th NADEF while Maegen received a NADEF Graduate Fellowship! Congratulations Lauren and Maegen

July 2014: Maegen also received a prestigious Science Alliance Award from our Department of Geography. Congratulations Maegen!

August 2014: Henri travels to Memphis, Tennessee, where he is awarded the Geographic Excellence in Media (GEM) Award from the National Council for Geographic Education! This award recognizes the contributions of the Science of Tree Rings web site!

August 2014: We welcome a new member to the LTRS! Allison Ingram joins us from Rider University where she received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science in May 2013! Welcome, Allison!

November 2014: Capping off an incredible year of awards! Maegen Rochner wins the Best Master's Paper Award at this year's meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers! Congratulations, Maegen!

November 2014: More awards! Sally Horn is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Henri Grissino-Mayer is presented with the Research Honors Award at this year's meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers! Congratulations to all!

December 2014: Students come, but then they must go...  this semester, we've had three of our talented students successfully defend their master's research! Congratulations to Savannah Collins, Maegen Rochner, and Sarah Jones Wayman! The lab will be terribly empty without you!

December 2014: But let's finish with some good news! Sarah is now on the faculty at Pellissippi State Community College, Maegen is on the faculty at South College, and Savannah is on the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga! Wow!!!

2015

March 2015: We begin a new research project collecting cores from some massive old-growth oak and pine trees at Norris Dam State Park. This will become the sample data set for Allison Ingram's thesis project!

April 2015: Too many awards to count... Maegen Rochner wins the highest honor for master's stduents, the Robert G. Long Outstanding Graduate Student Award! Congratulations, Maegen!

April 2015: Lauren Stachowiak, Savannah Collins, and Maegen Rochner are all awarded Student Publication Awards, while Lauren is awarded an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award from the Department of Geography! Congrats, everyone!

April 2015: Henri is given the Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award from the Department of Geography!

April 2015: LTRS undergraduates win major awards! We're very proud that Brooke Pearson and Dhara Naik win First Place in the Social Science Division at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement at the University of Tennessee!

April 2015: Brooke Pearson wins the Excellence in Geography Award from Gamma Theta Upsilon in the Department of Geography! Congratulations, Brooke!

April 2015: Rebeccah Groh is awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the Department of Geography! Congratulations, Rebeccah!

April 2015: Maegen Rochner wins the very prestigious J. Wallace and Katie Dean Fellowship from the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee! Congratulations, Maegen!

May 2015: Henri and Savannah Collins travel to Acadia National Park in Maine and participate in the 25th annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek. A highlight was our sampling the Seal Cove Shipwreck, our first ever project involving a shipwreck!

July 2015: Maegen Rochner, Lauren Stachowiak, and Henri return to the Beartooth Mountains of northwestern Wyoming and begin collecting sections from remnant whitebark pine logs and cores from living whitebark pines for Maegen's dissertation research.

July 2015: Henri and Maegen travel to Valle Crucis, North Carolina to initiate a new project coring two log structures in Bear Paw State Natural Area in collaboration with Appalachian State University. Hello to former Ph.D. students Saskia van de Gevel and Mark Spond!

November 2015: Henri and Maegen travel to Laurinburg, North Carolina to sample three dugout canoes in the Museum of Scotland County. This was our first attempt at dating tree rings from dugout canoes!

2016

January 2016: More awards! Maegen is awarded the Best Proposal in the Student Research Competition from the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation and then received the Best Ph.D. Proposal Award from the Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers! Congrats, Maegen!

February 2016: The lab initiates a new research project to date the year of construction of the famous Blount Mansion in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, the home of the Tennessee's first governor, William Blount!

March 2016: Maegen continues to pile up awards, one after another! She won the Ph.D. Student Research Grant competition of the Mountain Geography Specialty Group of the AAG and also won a major scholarship and award from the Golden Key Honour Society, all to help fund her doctoral research! Congratulations, Maegen!

April 2016: Undergraduate lab assistant Brooke Pearson did very well at the Exhibition for Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement held at the Univrsity of Tennessee. She garnered First Place for her undergraduate honors tree-ring project, then was chosen to receive a special Bronze Award from the Office of Research and Engagement!

April 2016: We're very proud that our own Brooke Pearson was chosen by the Department of Geography to receive the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate, the Michelle Pfeffer Outstanding Senior Award! Congratulations, Brooke!

April 2016: More awards! Maegen Rochner receives a Student Publication Award, while Maegen, Savannah Collins, and Brooke Pearson all receive Extraordinary Service to the Department Awards! Wow!

April 2016: Lastly, we're very happy to announce that Lauren Stachowiak was chosen to receive the highest honor among our graduate students, the Robert G. Long Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award at our recent awads ceremony! Congratulations, Lauren! You continue a long line of recipients of this award in our lab!

May 2016: We began our collection of core samples to date when the Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee was constructed! Henri and Maegen are assisted by undergraduate lab assistants, Ellie Eggink and Hudson Kelley!

July 2016: Henri and Maegen again travel to the Beartooth Mountains of northwestern Wyoming to collect samples from whitebark pines for Maegen's climatic and ecological research, assisted by graduate student Kyle Landolt! We did not expect two days of snow, sleet, ice, and wind chills in the 20s, though!

July 2016: Henri and Maegen travel to Pack Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park to serve as Group Leaders at the 2016 North American Dendroecological Fieldweek! We're joined by former LTRS members Dr. Grant Harley and Dr. Christine Biermann, who also served as Group Leaders. Team UT!

August 2016: Henri and Maegen (I sense a trend here) again travel, this time to St. Augustine, Florida, to initiate new research funded by the St. Augustine Historical Society to sample two of the oldest houses in St. Augustine.

September 2016: We welcome a new member to our laboratory! Zach Merrill joins us from Western Michigan University and will be conducting his doctoral research on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior! Welcome, Zach!

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