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10th World Dendro Conference


NEW: April 1, 2018. Registration is now closed.

Please note: all payments, for both the Conference and Fieldweek, must be completed by April 5th, 2018.

Principal organizers

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Mr. Shacha Dorji,
Ugyen Wangchuck Institute
for Conservation & Environment (UWICER)
Dr. Edward R. Cook,
Tree-ring Lab, LDEO,
Columbia University
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Mr. Paul J. Krusic,
Department of Geography,
University of Cambridge
Dr. Hans Linderholm,
Department of Earth Sciences,
Gothenburg University

UWICE support staff

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Mr. Sangay Wangchuk,
Ms. Choni Wangmo,
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Mr. Karma Tenzin,
Ms. Namgay Dema,
Liaison Coordinator,


Ms. Tashi Choden, ITC Officer, UWICER

Scientific Committee


Dr. Hans Linderholm: Committee Chair, is professor in Physical Geography at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and worked with tree rings since the mid-1990's. His main research has been conducted in the Scandinavian Mts., but he has also been active in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Presently, he is focused on attempting to reconstruct the general atmospheric circulation, but he also wants to learn more about mangrove-sea grass interactions in the tropics. He leads the Gothenburg University Laboratory for Dendrochronology (GULD), and is co-director for the Sino-Swedish Centre for Tree-Ring Research (SISTRR), and co-coordinator of the PAGES 2k network.

organisation09.jpg Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis is a paleoclimatologist and dendrochronologist specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of large-scale climate variability and change over the Common Era and the interaction between past climate and human society. He is currently an Associate Professor of Earth Systems Geography at the University of Arizona. Kevin uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate. His research program has included extensive fieldwork throughout Asia and the Americas.
organisation10.jpg Dr. Xiaohua Gou is s Changjiang Distinguished professor at Lanzhou University. She is also the Director of MOE Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems, Lanzhou University, China. Her scientific motivations: Using tree-ring to understand climate and forest change.
organisation11.jpg Dr. Rob Wilson is a Reader in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews and is passionate about using tree-rings to understand environmental change with specific emphasis on the reconstruction of past climate. He has also dabbled in the use of corals and historical archives for studying past climate as they allow the examination of different seasons and regions and complement the dendro record very well. In the spring and late summer, he can be often seen running through the Scottish Highlands with corer in hand looking for old trees and/or lakes with sub-fossil wood in. More information about his lab is available.
organisation12.jpg Dr Kristina Seftigen is a postdoctoral research fellow based jointly at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She completed her PhD at Gothenburg University Laboratory for Dendrochronology in 2014. From 2014-2015 she worked as a postdoc at the for Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, focused on combined analyses of dendrochronological techniques and satellite remote sensing observations to better understand the processes in the climate-vegetation system.
organisation13.jpg Dr. Olga Solomina studies' focus on the multi-proxy climate reconstructions using data from tree-ring, ice cores and lake sediments records. Olga was one of the lead authors of the 4th and 5th IPCC Assessments. She was a steering committees member of several international projects (PAGES, IGBP, IACS), participated in numerous research expeditions in the Arctic, Antarctic, and high mountains of Far East, Central Asia, Europe, and S. America. Dr. Solomina is Director of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.
organisation14.jpg Dr. Bao Yang works at the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His special interests are climatic variability and climate history for the last millennia, and his special fields are dendroclimatology and paleoclimatology. He organized and took part in many field investigations, including dendrochronology of the Tibetan Plateau, glacial and desert investigations. He has reconstructed a 3,500-year tree-ring record of annual precipitation on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau.
organisation15.jpg Dr. Jonathan Palmer has mainly worked on tree-rings from New Zealand. He has also conducted research in parts of Australia, SE Asia and as far as Pakistan. This has involved widespread collections from living stands and in some instances the investigation of subfossil wood. One particular species - kauri (Agathis australis) has been a key focus for radiocarbon dating and palaeoclimate studies.
organisation16.jpg Dr.Valerie Trouet is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. She received her PhD in Bioscience Engineering from the KULeuven in Belgium in 2004 and worked as a post-doctoral research associate in the Geography Department at PennState and as a research scientist in the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL before moving to Arizona in 2011. She is a dendroclimatologist whose main research interests focus on the climate of the Common Era and its influence on past societies and ecosystems.
organisation17.jpg Dr. Santosh K. Shah is a research scientist at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India. He is working on the spatial and temporal dynamics of climate change, streamflow reconstruction, drought reconstruction, past glacier retreat and advance, signature of past seismic events and fire history using tree-rings. His research areas include Himalaya and peninsular India.
organisation18.jpg Dr. Ulf Büntgen is a professor in the Department of Geography, at the University of Cambridge, he conducts fieldwork all over the globe to provide answers to his main research questions: What are the causes and consequences of changes in different, though intertwined environmental systems across space and time, and how can diverse tree-ring parameters and archives be compiled and analyzed to provide answers to such and related inter-/cross-disciplinary research questions?
organisation69.jpg After completing a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania Dr. Kathy Allen went on to do an Honours project in climatology through which she met Ed Cook and Brendan Buckley who introduced her to the world of dendrochronology. In 2009 Kathy began working with Patrick Baker at Monash University (now Melbourne University) on various dendro projects, and has been there ever since. Much of her current work is devoted to exploring the huge potential of the Silviscan to develop annually resolved Holocene-length temperature reconstructions.
organisation69.jpg Dr. Neil Pederson is a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest of Harvard University. He received his PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University in 2005 and started as an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University soon after. Before starting at the Harvard Forest in 2014, he was an assistant research professor at the Tree Ring Laboratory of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory starting in 2010. Neil is a forest ecologist whose main interests is on the impact of climate on the dynamics of the dense and complex broadleaf forests growing in temperate mesic regions.