The DendroLab was established in 1994 at SIO-UCSD by Dr. Franco Biondi, who then moved it to UNR in 2000. Research in the DendroLab is centered on climate and forest dynamics, late Holocene landscapes, and environmental change.
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 Links and Publications pages, and feel free to contact the lab for more information!
What we do in the lab
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 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).
I am an environmental scientist with a specialty in dendroecology, which is the study of tree growth and wood formation, and of how they can be used to infer present and past ecological changes. My experience and interests are in climate and forest dynamics, particularly in mountain watersheds. This places my work at the intersection between ecology, climatology, biogeography, and hydrology.
I have studied tree-dominated landscapes in the North American West, Mexico, and southern Europe. My long-term goal is to understand drivers of tree and forest growth in current, past, and future environments. I pursue this goal using instrumental and proxy records (mostly from tree rings), with an emphasis on field observations, numerical calibration, and automated sensors to bridge temporal and spatial scales. READ MORE
For the past 20+ years, our work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, most recently in connection with the P2C2 and the Nevada EPSCoR programs. Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Additional U.S. Government funding has been received from the Bureau of Land Management, , the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Agriculture Forest Service and NIFA Program. Disclaimer: The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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