TREES Lab Facilities

The TREES Lab occupies over 2000 square feet of research space, an 800 square foot archive room, and shares an 850 square foot field gear storage room with shower facilities, all in Boebel Hall. In addition to these spaces, we are fortunate to access to the professionally managed and maintained 10,000 square foot UW-Platteville Industrial Technology Woodshop. The TREES Lab space is slated for a full renovation and expansion in the Phase II Boebel Hall renovations.  Trees lab students have access to computing facilities include a GIS laboratory with 24 PC’s (MSOffice, Adobe CS5, ArcGIS 10), four laptops available for fieldwork and twelve Trimble Juno handheld mapping units, all of which are ArcGIS compatible. The TREES lab is fully equipped for field work including camping gear, shovels, bucket augers, soil probes, tree cores, tapes and other miscellaneous equipment.

Our equipment for paleoenvironmental analyses includes three work stations with AmScope 3.5x–45x continuous-zoom, boom-arm stereo microscopes, two new PC computers loaded with ArcGIS and a full suite of statistical and graphic design software, and 24” high-resolution monitors each, one Velmex measuring bench interfaced with Measure J2X, two WinDENDRO licenses, four CooRecorder and CDendro licenses, a 4800dpi true-resolution optical scanner, and a 2400dpi large-area optical scanner.  We have two Olympus CX22 LED microscopes and two microtomes manufactured by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL for analyses of wood anatomy. Sediment and charcoal analyses equipment includes a Malvern Mastersizer 2000E laser diffraction particle-size analyzer, Barstead/Thermolyne 6000 Muffle Furnace, sieves and an Olympus BH 2 binocular phase contrast Microscope.

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