Laboratory of Dendrochronology is a part of the research station FERLD,
constraction of which started at the end of the 1990s. At that time, an increasing
number of students was presenting some work place and lodging challenges.
With a significant financial help from Economic Development, Innovation and
Export Trade provincial department, Ministère de l’Éducation,
du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI),
Phase I was completed in 2005. Another grant from CFI and from Research,
Science and Technology provincial department allowed for the purchase of
scientific equipment (for field and laboratory) and station’s furniture.
Tembec, Norbord, Domtar, Matériaux Blanchet, Landrienne Sawmill, Honeywell,
Abitibi-Consolidated, Trame and Selbaie Mines gave the bulk of construction
material and research station equipment.
The first director of the laboratory was Bernhard
Denneler (1963 - 2007). This obituary was originally published in Dendrochronologia, Volume 25, Issue 1, 16 May 2007, Page 71.
The laboratory was then directed by Dr. Igor Drobyshev until 2022. It is now under the direction of Fabio Gennaretti.
The Dendroecology laboratory includes state-of-the-art
spaces and equipments necessary for the preparation and analysis of wood
samples. It includes:
- a complete sanding room;
- a image analysis system, with a microscope, a digital camera, a high
resolution scanner and many specialized softwares (WinCELL, WinDENDRO,
WinFOLIA, WinRHIZO, WinSEEDLE, WinSTEM and FHX Fire History
- 3 Velmex systems;
- a rotary Microton, for automatic tissue sectioning;
Also, an air-conditioned storehouse allows for long term conservation of
samples. Samples of most of the dendroecology studies conducted in the region
since de 1980s are stored in that room. Finally, this pavilion incorporates
work stations for students and trainees. For more information, please contact Igor
or visit the laboratory website at http://ekskog.org/dendro/.
In 2010, an extension of the laboratory of dendroecology allowed the addition of two rooms dedicated to paleoecology. Microscope, binocular loupes, sieve, refrigerator and freezer find their place. Many sediment collection probes are also available (kajak, Russian, Livingstone).
In both cases, these laboratories contribute to the participation of UQAT and UQAM in the Cold Forest Research Group
For further details about the equipment:
To book the equipment, please use the online booking system at: https://dendro.uqat.ca/main.asp
For more information about the dendrochronology / paleoecology laboratory: https://dendro.uqat.ca/