Master's degree program “Dendrochronology and Tree-Ring Research”

The program is intended to graduates and degree seeking professionals interested in research related with tree-rings and digital wood anatomy. The program is research-focused: it provides a basic well-rounded training in fundamentals and applications of tree-ring research but the most credits are given for the individual research project.

Practical training and research projects are carried out in the laboratory with the up-to-date equipment for measuring tree-ring width, wood microanatomy characteristics, digital image acquisition and stitching, and with software for processing the measurements and tree-ring modelling.

SibFU provides in-campus and distant access to the collections of research journals and major platforms of research literature indexing.

Duration — three semesters (one and a half year). Program total credits — 120 ECTS. Curriculum includes theoretical and practical classes: dendroclimatology and dendroecology, functional and ecological wood anatomy and physiology of tree-ring growth, fundamental and applied digital wood anatomy, tree-ring modeling, oral and written communication in the research community.

Program Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • collect samples for tree-ring and digital wood anatomy research
  • prepare thin sections with the microtome for microscopic examination, digital imaging and measuring
  • obtain data on tree-ring width and dimensions of wood cells
  • apply statistical and mathematical methods in tree-ring and digital wood anatomy research
  • perform past climate reconstruction by tree-ring and wood microanatomy data
  • apply dendrochronological and wood anatomy methods in ecological research
  • analyze and interpret research data and results
  • write theses and research reports to a professional standard, equivalent inpresentational qualities to that of paperspublishable in the professional scientific journals
  • prepare and present seminars to a professional research standard

Diploma and Degree: Master of Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • research and education institutions and universities
  • consulting and expertise service
  • high school teaching
  • natural resource management

Credits 120 ECTS
Starting date January, 16
Completion date May, 31
Duration 3 semesters (54 weeks) (one year and a half)
Language requirements English, B1 (European Framework of Reference of Communicative Skills)
Admission requirements
  • BSc degree in Biology, Ecology, Forest Science, Plant Sciences or Environmental Sciences
Tuition fee (per year) The price will be announced soon.
Application deadline June, 10
Payment deadline August, 20
Accomodation On-campus accommodation is available in double and triple-occupancy rooms (€ 20 per month).
Practicalities Invitation letter for a student visa and airport transfer are provided by the University

Eugene Vaganov, rector of Siberian Federal University, member of Russian Academy of Sciences, professor, author and co-author of more than 250 publications cited more than 2700 times, Scopus h-index — 24.

Research interests: dendrochronology, dendroclimatology, climate changes, math modeling in ecology, carbon budget, wood structure and elemental composition, tree-ring cellular structure.

Brief Curriculum
Module Title Module Credits
Module 1 “Fundamentals of tree-ring research” 15
Module 2 “Methods and procedures of tree-ring research” 20
Module 3 “Applications” 10
Module 4 “Communication in scientific community” 5
Module 5 “Research project” 70
Total 120
Detailed Curriculum
Module Title Credits (totally for the course) Credits, 1st semester Credits, 2nd semester Credits, 3rd semester
Module 1 “Fundamentals of tree-ring research” Introduction to dendroclimatology (lectures and seminars) 3 3
Physiology and ecology of tree growth (lectures and seminars) 4 4
Cambium activity and season growth of tree-rings (lectures, seminars and practical classes with microscopic examination pre-prepared thin sections) 4 4
Functional and ecological wood anatomy (lectures, seminars and practical classes with microscopic examination pre-prepared thin sections) 4 4
Module 2 “Methods and procedures of tree-ring research” Sampling for research project (field trip) 4 2 2
Dendrochronological practicum 4 2 2
Wood microanatomy practicum: sectioning, imaging, measuring, data treating 4 2 2
Statistical methods in tree-ring research (lectures, seminars and practical classes) 4 2 2
Mathematical modeling in tree-ring research (lectures, seminars and practical classes) 4 2 2
Module 3 “Applications” Reconstruction of past climate by tree-ring width and microanatomy data 4 2 2
Dendroecology 4 2 2
Dendrochronology for archaeology 2 2
Module 4 “Communication in scientific community” Communication in science research community: reading, writing and oral presentations (lectures, seminars, individual consulting) 2 1 1
Research seminar and journal club 3 1 1 1
Module 5 “Research project” 70 30 40

  • There are two field trips for collecting samples in Siberian ecosystems
  • The program can be learned by modules
  • The credits obtained in this program can be transferred to SFU Ph.D. program “Dendrochronology and Tree-Ring Research”

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