department of georgraphy News

Death of Yoda the 650-Year-Old Tree Tells Tale of Southwest Drought

The work of Geography Professor Henri Grissino-Mayer is getting ample media coverage. The media are covering the recent death of a 7-foot-tall Douglas fir, nicknamed Yoda, estimated to be more than 650 years old. Grissino-Mayer said the death is a testament to the severity of today’s drought, according to NBC News. A core sample obtained

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WBIR-TV: Tree Rings + iPads = History Teaching Tools

A cross section of a tree owned by Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, was used in a class presentation at Talbott Elementary School in Jefferson County. Almost two years ago, tree fell on a church in Knoxville.