Fieldwork for this project took place through summers 2018 and 2019, visiting sites in the MacKay Lake and Daring-Yamba lakes area to sample shrubs for the growth ring component of this project. Trees were sampled opportunistically from the study areas. New in 2019, we also sampled vegetation at several plots to investigate how vegetation communities […]
I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Tree dendrochronology was pioneered in the early 1930’s by A.E. Douglass, who then founded the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Since that time, tree rings have been used in archaeology, chemistry, ecology, and biogeography to reconstruct the timing of past events. Growth rings in trees […]
The Government of the Northwest Territories censused the Bathurst herd in summer 2018, and the results are alarming: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/caribou-herds-decline-2018-1.4913934. From a half a million caribou when the population last peaked in 1986, the herd now stands at 8,200 individuals, a decline of 99.9%.
It has been six weeks since we returned from fieldwork, and I am now four weeks into the first term of my PhD studies. Much personal time has been spent catching up with family and friends, and school life has occupied even more time with administration, coursework, and scholarship applications. But here and there I am […]
After 36 consecutive days in the field, we returned to Yellowknife on Monday, August 20, stepping off the plane somewhat hairier (quick, admire the guys’ neck beards before they’re gone!) and substantially grimier than when we left. But, all of us satisfied at having completed a safe and successful field season: We visited ten (10) […]