International Summer School “Tree Rings, Climate, Natural Resources, and Human Interaction”

Siberian Federal University offers a 2 week summer program for international students wishing to discover Russia. The course is structured for participants who have an interest in learning the applications of Dendrochronology and have a preliminary background in the statistic.

Language: English.


  • Ramzi Touchan, a Research Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Research and a Joint Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Arizona.
  • David M. Meko, a Research Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-ring Research at the University of Arizona.

Organization committee

  • Eugene A. Vaganov, a Scientific Supervisor of Siberian Federal University
  • Elena A. Babushkina, a Director of Khakass Technical Institute, Siberian Federal University, scientific director of the Khakass Tree Ring Research Laboratory
  • Vladimir V. Shishov, a Research Professor of Siberian Federal University, Head of the Department of Mathematical Methods and Information Technology, Siberian Federal University
  • Irina V. Sviderskaya, an Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics, Deputy Director for Research, School of Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology, Siberian Federal University
  • Tatiana N. Plotnikova, a Deputy Director for Research and International Relations of Khakass Technical Institute, Siberian Federal University
  • Dina F. Zhirnova, a Head of the Khakass Tree Ring Research Laboratory, Siberian Federal University.

Participation fee: € 400 (tuition fee, accommodation, transfer are included)


The course will take place in a fascinating piece of nature in the Altay-Sayan region, Cheremushki, Khakassia Republic, Russian Federation from 12 to 24 August 2018.

Registration Form

Topics to be covered

  • Dendrochronology: History, scientific basis and biological basis of dendrochronology
  • Chronology Development: Sample preparation, cross-dating (skeleton plots), ring-width measurement, standardization, and assessment of chronology quality
  • Dendrohydrologic Reconstructions: Signal identification: SEASCORR and basic idea of Transfer functions
  • Applications:
    • Dendroarchaeology: Case studies from North America and Russia, such as will be covering topics such as temperature reconstructions and their analysis in northern Hemisphere from tree rings
    • Dendrohydrology: Regional drought reconstructions for the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Eurasia; Colorado River reconstruction of annual flow; reconstruction of river flow from riparian tree rings
    • Dendroecology: Fire history and climate patterns in conifer forests of USA and Russia, modeling of cell structure of tree rings from North America and Eurasia
    • Dendroclimatology: Temperature reconstructions and their analysis in Northern Hemisphere from tree rings
    • Role of Dendrochronology in natural resource management: Collaborative planning for water sustainability in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

Registration deadline — March 20, 2018.

A short CV, as well as a short motivation letter should be sent before March 20, 2018 by email to Dr. Elena Babushkina, e-mail: babushkina70 [at]mail [dot] ru and Dr. Ramzi Touchan, e-mail: rtouchan [at] ltrr [dot] arizona [dot] edu.

  • Selected participants will be notified after March 27, 2018.
  • Arrivals in Abakan — August 13, 2018.
  • International Summer School 2018 (educational program) — August 13-24, 2018.

For all questions, please do not hesitate and write to the organizers (be sure to two e-mail addresses):

  • Dr. Elena Babushkina, babushkina70 [at]mail [dot] ru;
  • Dr. Ramzi Touchan, rtouchan [at] ltrr [dot] arizona [dot] edu.

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