A database of Tasmanian tree ring study

Tasdendro goes live!

The study of tree rings or dendrochronology is the scientific method of dating the age of trees based on the patterns of tree rings.

The topic of tree rings is close to my heart, particularly given that it is a major part of my current job scope (I work for the Forest Ecology lab in the School of Plant Science and I study the tree rings of an Australian cypress pine Callitris columellaris).

I am hence very pleased to announce the launching of tasdendro.org, a website with the intention of collating all the known information of Tasmanian dendrochronology. The web site was set up under the auspices of the Forest Ecology lab. In particular, Clay Trauernicht, a postgraduate student of the lab, has played a key role in the setup of the website.

The website is coupled with a newly set up storage facility with the purpose of being a repository for tree core material collected from Tasmania.

Given the current interest in climate change and the topic of carbon storage (see my earlier post on Sam Wood’s study), the setting up of such a facility and the Tasdendro website couldn’t have come at a more opportune time!

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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