Jacob Aragon, a senior in biology, estimates the age of a tree using a core from the collection.

Using the Past to Predict the Future

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thousands of tree cores, little rods of wood containing year-by-year information about a tree’s growth, lay forgotten in a federal storage room, gathering dust, until the collection—a research treasure trove—found its way to UA dendrochronologist Margaret Evans. To Evans, the cores represented a wealth of knowledge that had yet to be tapped­—an entirely new set of data that could help predict how climate change will affect our future forests.

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