Event Title

Trees: They're always watching

Session Number

Workshop Session 3


Room A200

Start Date

26-4-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

26-4-2018 2:15 PM

Workshop Synopsis

Trees are found in almost every major biome on the planet, have been integral to the development of human civilizations, and are the largest and oldest organisms on the planet. They can provide aesthetic beauty, raw building materials, and food for countless organisms. But did you also know that they are also both a wide spread sensor grid and a time machine? Indeed, trees are more than they appear, and the annual rings they form each year help scientists to understand past people, forests, and climate.

In this workshop we will re-introduce you to trees and work together to learn how scientists gather and analyze tree-ring data to understand the near and distant past. During our time, we will walk through the scientific uses of trees, demonstrate how tree-ring samples are collected and prepared for analysis, and work together to precisely date tree-ring samples from the Chicago region to understand past climate conditions.


Apr 26th, 1:00 PM Apr 26th, 2:15 PM

Trees: They're always watching

Room A200