Dr. Valerie Trouet | "Tree Story" | A Zoom Book Talk
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About the Event
Dr. Valerie Trouet, professor at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, will talk about her captivating new book Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings.
Registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event. There is no charge for this event, but we would appreciate your purchase of a copy of Tree Story here.
About Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings:
Children around the world know that to tell how old a tree is, you count its rings. Few people, however, know that research into tree rings has also made amazing contributions to our understanding of Earth's climate history and its influences on human civilization over the past 2,000 years. In her captivating new book, Tree Story, Valerie Trouet reveals how the seemingly simple and relatively familiar concept of counting tree rings has inspired far-reaching scientific breakthroughs that illuminate the complex interactions between nature and people.
Blending popular science, travelogue, and cultural history, Tree Story highlights exciting findings of tree-ring research, including the fate of lost pirate treasure, successful strategies for surviving California wildfire, the secret to Genghis Khan's victories, the connection between Egyptian pharaohs and volcanoes, and even the role of olives in the fall of Rome. These fascinating tales are deftly woven together to show us how dendrochronology sheds light on global climate dynamics and uncovers the clear links between humans and our leafy neighbors. Trouet delights us with her dedication to the tangible appeal of studying trees, a discipline that has taken her to austere and beautiful landscapes around the globe and has enabled scientists to solve long-pondered mysteries of Earth and its human inhabitants.
About Dr. Valerie Trouet:
Dr. Trouet’s main research interest is the tree-ring based reconstruction of climate dynamical patterns and their influence on terrestrial ecosystems and ecosystem disturbances. She is Assistant Professor of Dendrochronology, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Assistant Professor of Watershed Management, School of Natural Resources and the Environment.