Title: Dendroecology of Appalachian Pines
Summary: Dendrochronology is the science of connecting individual tree rings to their year of formation. Researchers use the ring width and wood anatomical features to reconstruct the environmental conditions during the ring's formation. Sampling strategy and cross-dating methods will be discussed and then case studies will be used to demonstrate the usefulness of dendrochronology in understanding the ecology of pines. Dendroclimatology will be used to identify the niche for Pitch pine and Virginia pine. Timing of the formation of "false rings" will be connected to growth rates in pine.
Compression wood formation in white pine will be tied to ice storm damage and historical temperatures will be econstructed from a combined proxy of annual rings from trees and clam shells.
Presenter: Carolyn A. Copenheaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Blacksburg, VA
Dr. Copenheaver received her doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University in the School of Forest Resources. She has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech since 2000. She teaches Forest Ecology and Silvics and Advanced Forest Ecology. Her research centers on dendroecology, forest ecology, and land-use history. She has taught the dendroecology session at the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek and recently returned from a research sabbatical where she worked in the DendroSciences unit of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research and at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. She has published over 30 scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles.