Mar 1, 2013 9:35 AM

Check out UA's new tree-ring lab this weekend

TUCSON- After 75 years under the West side of Arizona Stadium, The University of Arizona Tree-Ring lab is establishing new roots.

"It is of course a great relief to be here after 75 years in the stadium," says the lab's curator, Pearce Paul Creasman.

The lab's new location will be at 1215 East Lowell Street.

It's the place where people come to study dendrochronology, which is using tree-rings to learn about climate patterns of the past. "It's story telling is what it is, and that's what really excites me about the work we do," says Kit O'Connor.

O'Connor is a research graduate associate. He's one of about 60 students and staff members who will work in the lab on a daily basis. "We've never had so much lab space and so many resources pulled together in one place at one time," O'Connor says. "For the future of the lab it's going to be an amazing development."

The new building has more than 15,000 square feet of usable space. It's more than double the amount of space the researchers had before. "Our old set up was sort of fractured across campus," O'Connor says.

The facility includes about a dozen labs, as well as a teaching lab. "It's actually the largest dendrochronology teaching classroom or laboratory there is anywhere," O'Connor says.

The front lobby features a giant sequoia slab, about 10 feet in diameter. "It came here during the 1930s," Creasman says. "It fell from a storm in 1930, but the inside date of it is 212 A.D."

If you would like to check out the UA's new tree-ring lab, there will be an open house on Saturday, March 2 from 10am until 4pm.


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