UW-Platteville’s Larson takes students to Arizona

May 13, 2013

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Dr. Evan Larson, UW-Platteville assistant professor of Geography

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Between researching tree ring chronologies, temperature reconstructions and the effects of invasive earthworms on forest dynamics, students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, along with Dr. Evan Larson, UW-Platteville assistant professor of geography, will be traveling to Arizona to attend and present research at the Second American Dendrochronology Conference at the newly built Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building at the University of Arizona May 13-17.

“The AmeriDendro Conference will bring together researchers throughout North and South America, as well as Europe,” said Larson. “It is going to be the largest gathering of dendrochronologists in the world. This conference is a celebration of the new facility and the discipline.”

Several UW-Platteville students and UW-Platteville graduates will be presenting 11 research projects at this conference.

“Having students present at a conference of this caliber speaks incredibly well of UW-Platteville,” said Larson. “We are able to offer students these opportunities to resources we have leveraged with the university. I can safely guesstimate that UW-Platteville will have more undergraduate presentations at this conference than any other institution.”

“A lot of these students have been working on these projects for a year or more. On top of that, the research these undergraduate students are presenting is really good science,” he said.

Larson explained the importance of conferences such as the AmeriDendro Conference. “Conferences such as this one offer this incredible capstone experience. It is one thing to go through a research project, and hear about it secondhand from professors, but then attend and present at these conferences and realize what they are doing is directly contributing to the broader realm of science, and there are all these people doing similar work.”

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu
 

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