The Tree-Ring, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (TREES Lab) was established to create a place where teaching and research are integrated to provide UW-Platteville students opportunities to gain meaningful experience in research and inspire rigorous academic activity. The TREES Lab is founded on the mindful, dedicated efforts of faculty, staff, and students in pursuit of academic excellence and reflects a deep commitment to undergraduate education, undergraduate research, UW-Platteville, and the surrounding community.   The TREES Lab was made possible by considerable support from the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Education.

The TREES Lab is staffed by four full-time faculty, a laboratory technician, and a number of undergraduate research assistants.  Our facilities are equipped for tree-ring, sediment, and charcoal analysis research. Lab activities include teaching, research, and outreach through classroom instruction, hands-on research experiences, and presentations. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about what we do or have an outreach opportunity.

Our Vision is to prepare and inspire future generations of UW-Platteville undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in science while developing an internationally-recognized laboratory that attracts and retains outstanding students and faculty.

Our Mission is to promote the scholarly development of undergraduate students and faculty through high-impact experiences in fundamental and applied field and laboratory based research to create a vibrant and diverse academic environment that produces highly-skilled graduates while engaging in research services on regional, national and international scales.

The Values guiding TREES Lab activities include:

  • Education - Celebrate and excel in the teaching and advising mission central to UW-Platteville
  • Research - Engage students through authentic, student-driven undergraduate research
  • Diversity - Promote Inclusive Excellence through high-impact activities that incorporate student diversity
  • Integrity - Create a positive atmosphere of trust, honesty, openness, and accountability
  • Realism - Remain realistic, flexible, and adaptive to change
  • Excellence - Provide services, results, and reports in a timely, efficient, and thorough manner


TREES Lab Facts

Established: 2009

Student researchers: 75

Student presentations: 64

Publications: 18

Student co-authors: 8 

Research funding: $1.2 million

Number of states visited on TREES Lab business: 25

Number of countries visited on TREES Lab business:  3