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Tree-Ring Ecophysiological Research

Herbstsemester >> nach Ankündigung 


These lectures will demonstrate the role of tree-ring research in ecology, and answer the following questions: What are the aims and main limitations of the techniques? What are the major findings already achieved? What is the history of the discipline and the present state of the art, and the future challenges and needs of research?


Two-hour lessons every second week at the University of Zurich, Irchel:
1. Biological basics of tree growth.
2. Wood anatomy, biology and physiology.
3. Dendrochronological methods in ecology: History and principles.
4. Designing an experiment in situ. Data analyses and statistics,
interpretation of results.
5. Applications in environmental studies: Dendrochemistry (i.e. heavy
metals), a case study.
6. Scientific writing and the publishing systems.
7. The impact on society (e.g., history, ecology, arts, forensics), and
recent relevant scientific contribution (e.g., IPCC).
Practical work in the field and in the laboratory:
1 day: In the field, at Celerina, Engadina: Sampling and site ecological
4 days: At the WSL, Birmensdorf ZH: Sample preparation, ring-width
measurement, densitometry, and image analysis.

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