Welcome to the Harvard Forest Tree Ring Lab and Herbarium. Co-managed with Dr. David Orwig, our lab is set in the northern end of the Harvard Forest Archives Building. Our lab is a repurposed garage and is shaded by a sugar maple.
The main lab is shared space with the Harvard Forest Herbarium. The herbariaum contains ~ 3500 specimens from > 800 species of local flora.
The cabinet with the orange face (far right above) is our Wood ID catalog.
Hopefully you noticed some funky wood on the measuring stage. The base of the stage and the platform upon which we set our samples are old-growth wood from an old house at the Harvard Forest. The platform is American chestnut while the base looks to be red oak. In this way, our old-growth samples feel at home as we biopsy them for all the information they may contain. Stress-hormone free, organic tree-ring data only in our lab!
The door to the left of the lab leads to our working tree-ring archive. In combination with the Tellervo’s management system and the dedication to archival work here at the Harvard Forest, we will be building a long-term tree-ring sample archive. Stay tuned!