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Shikotan Island Tree Ring Chronology

Guest blogger: Xiangyu Li As one of the most militarized islands, because of the dispute between Japan and Russia (the Kuril Islands dispute), Shikotan Island has remained a mystery to the world of tree rings and climate studies until now. … Continue reading
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John Muir, Alaska, and A Tree Mountain Chronology

In 2011, Dr. Wiles and his advisees Lauren Vargo and Jennifer Horton cored dozens of trees from Tree Mountain in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Muir Glacier is located northwest of this mountain, named after the esteemed naturalist … Continue reading
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Russian Birch Climate Reconstruction- Part 2

Guest blogger- Clara Deck This summer, I am working with Dan Misinay to continue a dendrochronology project focused on Kamchatka, Russia. We have been working with birch tree cores (Bertula ermanii) collected from the region by Dr. Wiles and I.S. … Continue reading
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Goodygoody Girdwood

   During the summer of 2014, the Columbia Bay team (Dr.Wiles, Nick Wiesenberg, Kaitlin Starr and Jesse Wiles) cored numerous trees near the town of Girdwood, Alaska. The collection is primarily made up of cores taken from living Mountain Hemlock … Continue reading
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Russian Birch Climate Reconstruction

Guest blogger – Dan Misinay During the summer of 2014 Dr. Wiles and I.S. student Sarah Fredrick traveled to Kamchatka, Russia. While there, they cored hundreds of birch (Bertula ermanii) and larch (Larix gmelinii) trees to bring back to the … Continue reading
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Geomorphology at Fern Valley and along the Little Killbuck

The group at Fern Valley. Gaging Wilkin Run and measuring water levels in wells. We are fortunate to be able to monitor the streamflow, climate and geomorphic changes along Wilkin Run. Thanks again to Betty and David Wilkin for donating … Continue reading
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Days Three and Four – Mojave 2015

Day three was spent examining the sedimentology, structure and paleontology, and a bit of the wildlife biology at Owl Canyon. We even stopped at the Payless Shoestore in nearby Barstow (Dr. Wilson’s hometown).  At the Owl Canyon site students examined the … Continue reading
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The First Two Days in the Mojave

  Nine students and five faculty and staff are part of Desert Geology 2015, a week-long fieldtrip to the Mojave Desert. Here the nine students, joined by Cam Matesich (Wooster ’14) gathered at an overlook of Death Valley (Dante’s View). Cam … Continue reading
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Three Days on Ice

Dr. Lowell and a crew from the University of Cincinnati spent thee days with us on the ice at Browns Lake Bog. The objectives were to take a series of long cores from the ice platform at the bog and, … Continue reading
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Last Fieldtrip for Climate Change

As the weather cools – the Wooster Geology Climate Change class ventured out in the field one more time. For the remainder of the semester we will try to get some work done. Two sites were visited – the Cedar Creek … Continue reading
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