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3/7/16: Our PNAS article dropped, telling the story of tree rings, shipwrecks, and Caribbean hurricane activity during the Maunder Minimum! http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/02/1519566113
7/20/15—7/30/15: Introducing new grad student and lab member Josh Oliver! Great trip in NM! Below Josh holds up a very old remnant section of ponderosa pine from Paxton Springs Cinder Cone, Zuni Mountains, NM.
6/28/15—7/13/15: Grant and G&G undergraduate student Michael Thornton attend the 2015 North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) at the Schoodic Institute, near Winter Harbor, Maine. Visit the NADEF page for more info!
We helped fell some hazard trees in a local forest that were scattered among mountain bike trails. The trees were killed from a recent prescribed fire, which is why the longleaf pine savanna in the video looks so great!
What happens when you put a GoPro in a longleaf pine and cut it down? This.
1/26/14—Grant visits Rome, GA to give talks at Shorter University and Berry College about forest structure and disturbance history in the Marshall Forest Preserve, an old pine-oak community within the city limits of Rome.
1/27/14—Visiting the montane longleaf pine burn plots at Berry College! Researchers at Berry are doing some great things with this critically endangered ecotype!
1/28/14—Grant visits the University of Tennessee for meetings. Nice shot of the photogenic Ayers Hall.
9/27/14—Led by undergraduate student and Eagle SPUR scholar Chris Speagle, we sampled the Deason House in Ellisville, MS. Chris is investigating the construction date of the house by analyzing wood samples from old longleaf pine (Pinus pallustris Mill.) logs that were used to build the house. A big thanks to the Indiana University ENT lab and Dr. Justin Maxwell for their collaboration on this project!
7/31/14 : 8/11/14—Southern Miss Geography graduate student James Dickens, along with fellow Dendron Lab members, led a field campaign in August 2014 to update a network of tree-ring chronologies across New Mexico. A big thanks to Dr. Justin Maxwell of the Indiana University Environmental Tree-Ring Laboratory for field help! Check out the video here:
6/21/14—Kayla, Grant, and Raymond are accompanied by USM undergraduate students Ven, Chris, and Cody to De Soto National Forest. Raymond sampled 15 fire-scarred sections at the Fern Gully Ridge site for his thesis!
6/4/14—We got a rare chance to sample old longleaf pine trees at Chinsegut in west-central Florida! Oldest living tree so far goes back to 1672! We're hoping to push that back to the 16th century by cross dating the remnant stumps and logs. Check out the video:
5/15/14 : 5/23/14—Kayla, Luke, James, and Grant team up with colleagues at Indiana University to conduct tree-ring research in old forests in southern Indiana. This work constitutes Kayla's thesis research!
4/1/14 : 4/7/14—Grant and Dr. Justin Maxwell (Environmental Tree-Ring Laboratory—Department of Geography—Indiana University) conduct a field expedition to the Pine Rockland ecosystem in the Florida Keys in search of old remnant pine trees. Pine trees in the Keys are valuable for reconstructing climate phenomena, like tropical cyclones. The trip was funded by the Proposal Development Grant Program, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Southern Mississippi.
4/16/13—Check out this cool video about making a film, "The Underwater Forest," to be directed by Ben Raines (Weeks Bay Foundation) and featuring Grant and colleagues!
4/8/14—Greetings from sunny Tampa, Florida! Grant presents research at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
3/24/14—This just in! We're happy to report that one of our own undergraduate research assistants, Chris Speagle, is a freshly-minted Eagle SPUR scholar! Chris will be leading a dendroarchaeological investigation of the Deason Home in Ellisville, MS, one of the oldest known structures in the region. Not only do we hope to inform the owners of a construction date(s), but the home was built with old-growth longleaf pine from the area, and might be useful for extending our drought chronology! Congrats Chris!
3/8/14—The lab welcomes new graduate student Raymond White! Raymond is passionate about investigating how various forest management practices (i.e. mechanical thinning, burning) influence forest structure in longleaf pine stands. We are excited to have Raymond in the lab!
2/28/14 : 3/2/14—Grant, James, Luke, Kayla, Raymond, and undergraduate research assistant Michael Thornton spend the weekend in Rolling Fork, MS conducting fieldwork in Delta National Forest along with colleagues from Indiana University.
1/17/14—Lab member JB Cirino named to the inaugural class of Eagle Scholars! Today, JB received an Eagle SPUR scholarship from the USM Center for Undergraduate Research. JB will be working in the lab on the underwater forest project in the Gulf of Mexico. Congrats JB!
12/10/13—Greetings from San Francisco! Grant presents research at the AGU meeting.
11/21/13 : 11/25/13—James, Luke, Kayla, and Grant conduct fieldwork in southern Georgia with colleagues from the USDA Forest Service, Indiana University, and University of Georgia.
10/2/13 : 10/6/13—Kayla, Luke, and Grant conduct fieldwork at Pioneer Mother's Memorial Forest near Paoli, Indiana with colleagues from Indiana University and LDEO.
9/8/13—Grant, Luke, Kayla, along with USM G&G graduate students James Dickens and Evan Engels conduct fieldwork in De Soto National Forest. The goal of the trip is the collect remnant longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) stumps and logs to push back the De Soto tree-ring chronology to the 17th century. Because of high resin content, these remnant wood samples can remain on the surface for hundreds of years.
7/13/13—Grant and Bill collect growth-ring samples from Quercus Geminata and Pinus elliottii var. elliottii growing on Cat Island, Mississippi for preliminary investigations of annual growth rings and climate signals.
1/10/13—Grant and undergrads Amanda and Chris meet with Dr. Stan Galicki from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) and personnel from the National Forest Service at Delta National Forest to discuss and scout potential research projects.
3/4/13—Grant, David Holt, Bill, Shaun, and Chris join with personnel from De Soto National Forest and spend the day in search for longleaf. Good news—the team was able to identify a stand that established during the early 1700s CE.
10/13—Grant and David Holt lead a team of 10 undergraduate students from USM on an expedition to Pioneer Mother's Memorial Forest, Paoli, Indiana. The USM team is working with collaborators from Indiana University to study the forest at Pioneer Mother's.