Apologies for little activity. Life has sped up recently. I am trying to slow it a bit so I can participate more here.
I write with good news:
First, I got to meet Russ Carlson in person at the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek at Black Rock Forest last week. I learned a lot about wood anatomy and other tree attributes from Russ. It was great.
Second, the advanced dendroclimatology and intro groups re-located and sampled the oldest-documented pitch pine [in the known universe]. Because of efforts by the advanced dendroclimatology group, we now know that this tree is currently 398 years old! Guess we'll have to have a 400 yr celebration in 2015. Here is a picture of that tree:
Finally, the intro group cross-dated the oldest documented white oak in Kentucky and the 7th oldest known white oak. Russ actually cross-dated this wonderful tree. It resides in Mammoth Cave National Park. We missed the oldest pith date for a white oak in KY by 3 years. This tree is a little hollow and likely predates 1650.
These ages are now posted on Eastern OLDLIST: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~adk/oldlisteast/#spp