Asian tree rings explain historical plague outbreaks in Europe

An interdisciplinary consortium of researchers from Oslo University and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, for the first time, demonstrate that climate-driven plague outbreaks in Asia were repeatedly transmitted over several centuries into southern European harbors. This finding contrasts the general believe that the second plague pandemic "Black Death" ... Read more

Workshop: Famines During the ʻLittle Ice Ageʼ (1300-1800), ZIF Bielefeld, 19-20 Feb 2015

19-20 February, 2015 I will be at University Bielefeld, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), attending the workshop "Famines During the ʻLittle Ice Ageʼ (1300-1800). Socio-natural Entanglements in Premodern Societies", where I will provide a lecture titled "A tree-ring perspective on ‘Little Ice Age’ summer temperature variability". Download programme Read more

Workshop: FP1203 European Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) Network, Zagreb, Croatia, 18-19 Feb 2015

Together with Simon Egli (also WSL), I will a attend the COST Action "FP1203 European Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) Network" 3rd Workshop and 4th Management Committee Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, February 18-19, 2015, providing a keynote entitled “A (dendro)climatological perspective on fungal ecology”. Download agenda Read more

Block course: Tree-ring research at the interface of archaeology, climatology and ecology; at: University of Bern, 2-6 Feb 2015

I am holding a block course titled "Tree-ring research at the interface of archaeology, climatology and ecology" at the University of Bern from February 2 - 6, 2015. Annually resolved and absolutely dated chronologies of different tree-ring parameters, such as width, density and isotopic ratios, together with wood anatomical characteristics, ... Read more

Meeting on Russian tree-ring research, Krasnoyarsk, Jan 19 – 21, 2015

Together with Fritz Schweingruber, I will attend a strategic meeting on the future of Russian tree-ring research in Krasnoyarsk between Jan 19 and 21, 2015. During this time, about 35 Russian scientists from ~10 Universities and Institutes all over the country will exchange state-of-the-art research, and discuss avenues for ... Read more
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