This course will focus on the scientific field of dendrochronology (from dendron=tree and chronos=time), or tree-ring science, and what it can tell us about the past, present and future. We will explore the fascinating history of how the science was developed by a pioneering astronomer interested in solar cycles; how it works; how it has fed into other disciplines such as radiocarbon dating, art history and climatology, and how its applications have led to transformative discoveries about the past. We will look at what tree-rings can tell us about the rise and fall of civilizations, climate change, migration, trade, settlement history and natural hazards. The course will also include a personalized guided tour of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Tree-Ring Archive.
Attend ON-CAMPUS or Online
— Hybrid Course Format —
- All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
- On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
- Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
- Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.
Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, April 10, 2023, at 8 AM (AZ Time)
- No textbook is required. All readings will be distributed to students electronically.
- Baillie, M. G. (2012). A Slice Through Time: Dendrochronology and Precision Dating. Routledge.
- Trouet, V. (2020). Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings. JHU Press.
- Webb, G. E. (1983). Tree Rings and Telescopes. The Scientific Career of AE Douglass. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.