Drought Mortality crew starts another summer in the Sierra Nevada

Another summer field season is upon us and following the forest health training the “Little Crew That Could” began slogging it out in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. The park is exceptionally beautiful but with few roads and very rugged terrain this makes it one of the hardest sites in our network. Here we are after a long(ish) hike to do 1 of 3 different protocols we are running for the summer of 2019.

From left to to right: Project PI Axelson, fieldwork coordinator Lauren Cox, crew members Kelly Tarter, Kea Rutherford (lead) and Hudson Northrop.

Another great forest health training for crews from multiple studies and institutions

The 2020 Drought Mortality Study field season is underway! Our new UC Berkeley crew attended the Forest Health training with project partners at the USFS, USGS and University of Nevada Reno. This training is held annually in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.

USGS, National Park, Unviersity of Nevada Reno and University of California Berkeley spend the day looking at insect damage and disease symptoms thanks to our excellent USFS Region 5 entomologist and pathologist for the southern Sierra Nevada.

Berkeley Forest Health Lab has a home!

The keys to 306 Mulford Hall finally found their way into lab director, Jodi Axelson’s hot little hands in early 2019! The new space is large and ready to be set-up for dendrochronology and quantitative wood anatomy work. The basics are getting set-up and the lab welcomes its first graduate student in the fall.

The new semi-automatic tree-ring measuring tree station where we will use C-Dendro and Coo Recorder to measure high resolution images of tree cores and discs

Axelson heads to (and returns from) Tucson

Berkeley Forest Health Lab Director Jodi Axelson off to Tucson for Haury Fellowship – https://berkeleyforesthealthlab.espm.berkeley.edu/Axelson-receives-fellowship/

Update: The time spend at the UofA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research was awesome and inspiring. Lab mascot, Bruno the Beagle, fully approved!!