The DendroLab was established in 1994 at SIO-UCSD by Dr. Franco Biondi, who then moved it to UNR in 2000. It is currently housed by the Department of Geography, a resident of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering within the College of Science.
Research in the DendroLab is centered on
climate and forest dynamics, late Holocene landscapes, and environmental change. Dendrochronology allows reconstructions of past environments, processes, and events using records obtained from tree rings. Our work ranges from archaeological dating to fire history reconstruction, from quantifying forest population structure to evaluating variations in water resources and regional climate. Study sites have spanned from the western USA to Italy to Mexico, with the Great Basin region in Nevada as our current primary focus. We are also actively involved in the state-wide NevCAN project (for a brief overview, take a look at this news piece that appeared in December 2015).
Ongoing collaborations involve the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada), the German Research Centre For Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam (Germany), the Università della Tuscia in Viterbo (Italy), and the Observatoire Midi Pyrénées, Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France).
Innovation is an emphasis in the DendroLab, whether it be developing statistical software tools or pushing the boundaries of tree-ring science. Look around, check the Resources and Research pages for useful information, and feel free to email us!
2016 Workshop to plan for a Spring Valley Field Station