The Climate & Ecosystem Dynamics Research (CEDaR) Laboratory is
located in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph.
We conduct research on a diverse range of problems relating to climatic variability and forest ecology. Most of our research involves the analysis of tree rings in order to understand past patterns of climatic variability, stand dynamics, and disturbance regimes.
The CEDaR laboratory started out in a storage locker in the basement in 2004, since which time we have grown, moved, and continued to grow. Our collaborators include faculty at the University of Guelph and across Canada, and research scientists in government agencies and in the private sector. We undertake research in cooperation with many stakeholders, but much of our recent activities have focused on parks and protected areas. In our research we address a broad range of theoretical problems in forest ecology and paleoclimatology, with the aim of developing practical applications of our research to real-world problems in resource management and conservation.
With help from the Canada Foundation for Innovation the CEDaR laboratory was recently renovated, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the analysis of ecological and dendrochronological data. Our equipment includes:
- A Velmex stage and encoder
- Two WinDendro image analysis systems
- Seven computer workstations
- A fume hood and wet lab
- A growth chamber
- An extensive library of books and journal articles on dendrochronology, forest ecology, and climatology
- A fridge and a good sound system
We also have an extensive stock of field supplies and equipment, including:
- Increment borers, a chainsaw, & forest mensuration tools
- A total station
- A meteorological station & soil moisture probes
- A hemispherical camera
To learn more about the laboratory, or to inquire about graduate student opportunities contact Ze'ev Gedalof, or visit us in HUTT 235.