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19th International Winter School

24.11.2019 | Dennis Pedersen

Photos by Candice Power

Candice Power participated in the Wood Anatomy and Tree Ring Ecology course as part of The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) 19th International Winter School from November 24-30th. The course took place in Klosters Dorf, Switzerland. The course, taught by Holger Gartner, Alan Crivellaro, and Fritz Schweingruber, included lectures on a wide range of topics on wood anatomy including learning how to identify tree species based on microscopic traits and determining factors influencing wood traits including presence of resin ducts, tension/compression wood, and false rings, as well as ring width and vessel size. There was also a lot of time for practical work where Candice learned how to make microsections of her samples from Greenland using a sledge microtome.  Excursions included a presentation at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos and a visit to the Nutli-Huschi Folk Museum.

Text by Candice Power

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