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  • A watery carbon bank


  • This study about the carbon storage of oak in streams was published in the journal Ecosystems and then news articles highlighting the research were published by Nature (right photo), NASA, and many other online news sources.

  • Mystery of infamous "New England Dark Day" solved by tree rings


  • This study was initially published in the International Journal of Wildland fire. Later a news feature was done by wired.com on the anniversary of the May 19th Dark Day. Since then it has been picked up by many news sources including Discovery Channel (podcasted 6/13 & 6/20/08), Science, NASA, and Yahoo News.

  • Perfectly preserved log cabin discovered near Wildcat Den


  • This project involved dating of an Iowa cabin in Muscatine county that received local and national press. The log cabin is of particular value because the basal portion of the logs had multiple fire scars in the early 1700s that will provide some of the first information about Iowa historic fire frequency.

  • Tree rings help research of droughts


  • This article appeared in the Missouri Ruralist and describes our efforts to reconstruct annual drought from the tree rings of buried oak trees that have been recovered from streams of northern Missouri and southern Iowa, USA. PDF

  • Filling in the Blanks: Developing Fire Scar Histories in the Southern and Eastern United States


  • This news is part of "First Look", a publication of the Joint Fire Science Program. Here they described a our Joint Fire Science Funded project to reconstruct fire history throughout the eastern U.S.

  • Park Service Maps the Great Plains Fire History


  • A National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast describes our research reconstructing fire history throughout the Great Plains region.

  • Of Fire Scars and Arkansas Oaks


  • Compass, a U.S. Forest Service publication, discusses our fire history research in Arkansas and beyond.

  • Buried Treasure Reveals an Active Afterlife for Riparian Trees


  • A U.S. Forest Service newsletter discusses ancient wood found in northern Missouri and southern Iowa streams.

  • Ancient trees offer view into Missouri history


  • A Kansas City Star article



    Older News



    Print Media

    Lord of the rings, The Missourian, Columbia, Missouri.2003.
    Ancient trees tell climate, The Kansas City Star, Missouri, 2002.
    Dating deadheads. Equinox, Canada’s Magazine of discovery, May 1997.
    Underwater old growth forests. Wildflower, Summer, 1997.
    Pine pulled from Algonquin lake dates to AD 930, The Sunday Toronto Star, CA, Feb. 2,1997.
    Pining for old trees, The Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 26, CA 1997.
    Pining for old trees, Sault Ste. Marie, CA, 1997.
    The Ste.Genevieve Herald (in press), 1997.
    Fish in the forest. The Algonquin Park Raven, vol. 38, no. 3. 1997.
    How old is St. Genevieve, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1997.
    Des scientifiques ont decouvert en ....Jouranal de Montreal, 1995
    Ancient logs found in Algonquin Park called vital to ecology. Toronto Star, Ontario, 1995.
    Wood work, researcher finds secrets of the past in tree-rings. St. Louis Post Dispatch, Everyday page, 1994.
    "Tree lab" on the cutting edge of life's mysteries. South Bend Tribune, Indiana. 1994.
    History Sharpened by Date with a Tree. Missouri Wildlife, 1994.
    Learning from the trees. Rural Missouri, 1994.
    Windows to the past. Columbia Daily Tribune, Mo. 1992.
    MU scientists study impact of global warming on Ozarks. Wayne Co. J. Banner, Missouri. 1991.
    Scientists to look at global.... New-Enterprise. Nixa, Mo. 1991.
    Global warming of streams... Headliner, Ozark, Mo. 1991
    MU scientists study impact... Reynolds Co. Courier, Mo. 1991. MU scientists study impact... Daily Standard, Excelsior Springs, Mo. 1991.
    Researchers probe hidden... cedars. Columbia Daily Tribune, 1989.
    Tracing history, Twain's house changed with the times. Hannibal Courier-Post. Mo. 1988.
    Watching dry years come and go. Missouri Ruralist. 1988.
    Old trees tell great stories. Sweet Springs Herald, Mo. 1986.
    MU scientists study impact of global... Independent Journal, Potosi, Mo. 1991.
    Aging trees, yield good, ole' stories. Columbia Missourian. 1986.
    Those old trees can tell great stories. Concordian, Concordia, Mo. 1986.
    Red Cedars grow to be more... The Bourbon Beacon, Missouri. 1986.
    Old trees in Missouri tell great stories. Independence Examiner. Mo. 1986.
    Old trees tell great stories. Regional Farmer. Mo. 1986.
    What is a dendrochronologist? North Missourian, Gallatin, 1986.
    Old trees tell stories. Blue Spring Examiner, Mo. 1986.
    The oldest living tree in Missouri. Mo. Conservationist. 1986.
    Those old trees tell great stories. Regional Farmer, Mo. 1986.
    Tree rings tell stories to UMC prof Guyette. Farm Talk, 1986.
    The lore of the rings. Vibrations, Columbia, Missouri. 1982.
    Rings of time. Everyday page. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 1980.
    Cedars give weather reports. Springfield News Leader, Mo. 1979.
    Genius talks about weather. Moberly, Missouri paper. 1979.
    The cedar tree novel. Scene magazine, Columbia Tribune. 1979.


    Radio

    KOPN Columbia Missouri, 2005
    KOPN Columbia, Missouri, 2004
    Live national interview, CBC National Radio, Toronto, Canada, 1997
    CBC Ottawa, Canada, 1996.
    CBC Northern, Ontario (French), Canada 1996.
    CBC North Bay, Canada, 1996.
    CBC Sudbury, Canada, 1996.
    CBC Toronto, Canada, 1996.
    KOPN Columbia, Missouri, 1985.


    Television and video

    Drought and climate change from ancient oak in streams, channel 3 Springfield MO, channel 8 Columbia MO, 2005.
    Fighting fire with fire. Cable TV. The Weather Channel. 2002.
    Climate preserves old trees in water. Weather channel. Montreal, Quebec, May 1997.
    MCTV-North Bay, Ontario. 1997.
    Dendrochronology in Missouri, Missouri Outdoors. 1992.
    Missouri's oldest trees. KY3 TV, Springfield, Mo. 1987.
    Tree-rings and climate. Agricultural New Service, 1986.


    Nature, July 10, 2008