The Science of Tree Rings
More than just counting ...
Welcome and thank you for visiting the Science of Tree Rings web pages, designed to be the
ULTIMATE source for information on the science of Dendrochronology. I've designed these pages to be
easily understood by people at all levels of education, from elementary school students to high school
students, from first grade teachers to college professors. You won't find the fancy Flash-driven pages
here anymore — I want these pages to be readable, enjoyable, and (most of
all) educational for all, especially
those with learning and physical disabilities.
My goal ...
My goal is to make available as much information about dendrochronology as I can possibly find on the
Internet, from the basics of tree-ring dating, to reference and bibliographic information, to products and
supplies, to books, and more! My mission was born from an overwhelming need among dendrochronologists for a
permanent repository of information that was free to the public, easily understandable, and as comprehensive as
humanly possible. Come back and visit from time to time to learn more about new or updated software,
new educational tools, new institutions conducting tree-ring research, new publications, and more!
My philosophy ...
I believe that a scientific discipline is only as
efficient and important to society as the information available to it. Too
often, scientists are overwhelmed with a glut of information about a particular
subject, making it difficult to read through and separate the significant
material from the unimportant. Organization is key in science. In the Science of
Tree Rings web site, I've organized all facets of dendrochronology
into neat groups, each available by clicking on the links at the left or on the
slide-out menus that follow.
Support this web site ...
Many people think that the Science of Tree Rings web site is supported completely by my university. Not at all. I do all the web page information searching, coding, and designing at home in my home office in my free time, which likely amounts so far to thousands of hours of personal time. I pais for the Microsoft Expression Web Pro and Dreamweaver CS5 software, my Macbook Pro laptop (also running Windows 7 via VMware), my Dropbox Pro account, high-speed Internet and home wireless, wireless printer, and all the "hidden" overhead (paper, cartridges, electricity), even the extra server space needed for the many files! The university only provides the standard server space for these pages. Bottom line... all this adds up over the years... like in the thousands of US dollars.
If you've found these pages useful, consider buying items from my
online bookstore and online tree-ring
supply store through Amazon.com. I receive a small percentage (4%) from each sale and all proceeds go towards
helping keep these web pages going. In fact, if you buy anything after linking to Amazon through my stores, I
still receive a small percentage. I'd like to keep these tree-ring web pages online for another 18 years! -- Henri
Where is it ...
Not sure where to find something? First, click on
the "A to Z Index" button to the upper left for a comprehensive list of items
available from these pages. Second, try searching for a particular keyword by using the
Google search link at the bottom of this page or by clicking on
Search Site in the top or bottom menus. A list of pages at this site will be provided with that keyword. Then find the item on
that page by using the "Find in page" function of your browser. Finally, when all else fails, get in touch with
me at the email address below and ask me your question. I promise I'll provide a timely answer as quickly as possible.
Contact me ...
Please give me your comments, suggestions, and feedback! These are invaluable and help me improve these services.
- Would you like to comment on the Science of Tree Rings web site?
- What else would you like to see here? Suggestions are welcome!
- Are you aware of a new product or software important to dendrochronologists?
- Do you have a job opening or position you would like to advertise?
- Would you like to announce an upcoming meeting, symposium, of conference?
- Do you have a new publication you would like added to the database?
Click on the link that says "Contact Me" in the Quick Links above or below and let me know what you think!