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Tree rings at the interface of archaeology, climatology and ecology

Tuesday 19 March: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Professor Ulf Büntgen presents a short introduction into modern tree-ring research, including wood anatomy, followed by timely examples of how different tree-ring archives and parameters can help to identify and shift research frontiers and cross disciplinary boundaries; not only within the natural sciences but also to the humanities.

In addressing different aspects of archaeology, astronomy, biology, ecology, epidemiology, history, mycology and volcanology, he discusses the potential and limitations of state-of-the-art ‘dendro sciences’ that may range in space and time from the cell to the hemisphere and from the day to throughout most of the Holocene, respectively.

Professor Ulf Büntgen and his team conduct fieldwork all over the globe to assemble unique tree-ring archives, parameters and techniques for the advanced reconstruction of environmental and climatic conditions over centuries to millennia. In so doing, they are providing annually resolved and absolutely dated solutions to unravel the direct and indirect causes and consequences of past ecological and societal changes. One focus is on the better understanding of conceivable linkages between volcanic activity, climate variability and human history.

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