A few weeks ago, my fall semester field biology students and I began our studies of forest ecology. Luckily before the majority of our local trees demonstrated their deciduous nature, we were able to travel into the field and collect quite a diversity of leaves for identificaiton. More recently, we have turned our attention to dendrochronology methods and using the point-quarter-method for determing tree density, dominance, and frequency.
Normally, I wouldn’t have considered sharing such information but during the past week, two NPR broadcasts have inspired me to do so. More specifically, the inspriation came from Robert Kruwich‘s “Krulwich on Science” radio segments. Links to the specific radio segment follow, with a few related class resources that I have used while teaching about dendrochronology and forest density.