24th July – 6th August, 2022

Kitwe, Zambia

About the training

Africa is facing different environmental challenges which include climate change, air and soil pollution, and ecological disturbances associated with mining activities. These environmental changes affect the forestry resources which also alter the services that the forests provide, subsequently affecting the country’s economy and the people’s livelihoods that depend on these resources.

The training aims to impart basic scientific knowledge to participants on the techniques and application of tree-ring science to understand various environmental problems affecting the natural resources. The training will focus on building skills in sample collection, preparation, and tree-ring measurements, cross dating, chronology building, and interpretation of results. At the end of the training, it is expected that trainees will be able to apply tree-ring science to construct climate trends; determine pollution patterns; and establish structure, function, and dynamics of forest’s ecosystems.

Target audience

The training targets graduate students, scientists, researchers, and forest managers from around the globe. Master and PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous experience in the field or laboratory-based tree-ring techniques is not required.


    Key dates

    • 1.
      Application opens: 1st April, 2022
    • 2.
      Closing date of receiving participation fees: 8th July, 2022
    • 3.
      Arrival date of participants: 24th July, 2022
    • 4.
      Departure date of participants: 6th August, 2022
    • Note:
      The committee will respond to applications on a rolling basis
    Benefits to be gained from the training

    This is the second training on tree-ring science to be provided on the continent of Africa. It will provide a platform for researchers from around the globe to interact and create network. Participants will gain knowledge from experienced scientists from around the globe. The training will enable participants to explore new approaches to multi-disciplinary research. This training is research based and the output will be published which will be used as bases for proposals to funding agencies. The publications from this training can also be core parts of theses or dissertations for graduate students. The training will provide a hands-on learning environment, transferring skills that can immediately be used in individual projects after the training.


    Each group will develop and present a PowerPoint presentation to all the participants. These presentations will subsequently be posted on this website ( Each group will also produce a 5-page written report that will be compiled into the final report for the funding agencies and the participants.

  • Registration

  • Payment


    • International participants (From outside Africa): $1,300 (inclusive of food and accommodation)
    • Regional participants (From Africa): $800 (inclusive of food and accommodation)
    • Local participants (From Zambia): $400 (Inclusive of food only). Payment can be made either in Dollar or kwacha equivalence.

    Payment should be made after receiving response of application from the organizing team. Participation fees should be paid by 8th July, 2022.

    Proof of payment should be sent to: Mr. Andrew Mwenya ( )

    Copy the email to:

    1. The Dean – School of Natural Resources (
    2. Dr. Nelly Chunda-Mwango (
    3. Dr. Justine Ngoma (



Prof James H. Speer

Indiana State University, USA

Dr. James H. Speer is a Professor of Geography and Geology at Indiana State University. He received his bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Geosciences and his PhD from the University of Tennessee in Geography. He is a biogeographer who uses tree-rings to reconstruct environmental variables such as climate change, fire history, and insect outbreaks. He has collected tree-ring samples from around the world, especially in the United States. Through his years of studying environmental history, he has realized that humans are operating outside of the natural range of variability for most natural systems, which has motivated him to give back to society by being a champion for sustainability at Indiana State University and in the Wabash Valley. He has written multiple books including a textbook on dendro-chronology call the "Fundamentals of Tree-Ring Research". More recently, he published popular action adventure novels that teach science through an adventure story in Exposé on Climate Change and Exposé on Sustainability. Email:

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Prof. Stephen Syampungani

Copperbelt University


Prof. Felix Kanungwe Kalaba

Copperbelt University, Zambia

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation



Ms. Nicole Zampieri

Dendroecologist at Florida State University, USA

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Nicole is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at Florida State University researching climate change impacts and patterns in growth in longleaf pines (Pinus palustris) in Florida's endangered longleaf pine savannas. She uses tree-ring science to understand how climate, disturbance, and species composition affect the structure and growth of longleaf pines. Her broader research interests include biogeography, biodiversity conservation, dendrochronology, and climate change impacts to forest and savanna systems. At FSU, Nicole has taught Physical Geography, Environmental Science, and Biogeography. She is also a Field Botanist with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Florida's natural heritage program, where she focuses on surveying, monitoring, and mapping rare and endangered species.


Dr. Stockton Maxwell

Dendroclimatologist Radford University, USA


Dr. Stockton Maxwell is an Associate Professor of Geospatial Science at Radford University, Virginia, USA. Stockton’s research focuses on paleoclimate reconstruction, forest history, and tree-ring analysis. He is a co-investigator of the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek that is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. Stockton’s research has been published in Global Change Biology, Water Resources Research, Dendrochronologia, and Environmental Research Letters, among others. At Radford University, he serves on the faculty senate and leads a campus sustainability committee. Stockton teaches Biogeography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, and GIS. Stockton is also active in the open source dissemination of tree-ring analysis techniques through his website and YouTube channel.

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Prof. Paul Krusic


Cambridge University, United Kingdom








  • Logistics

    Venue and Accomodation


    Travel Information

    Flying: Those flying to Zambia should land at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola. Public bus: Those coming by public buses should drop in Kitwe main town. The Copperbelt University will provide transport from the airport and also from the bus station to the venue/lodge.

    COVID-19 For information on COVID-19 travel-related guidelines in Zambia, kindly visit this website ( We are closely following the developments in the context of COVID-19 and will adjust the plans if needed in due time.

    Zambian Visa Information
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  • Sponsorship

    (i) Association for Tree-ring Research (ATR)

    The Association for Tree-ring Research (ATR) ( has provided funds to support 4 participants from Africa through contribution towards registration fees. Registration fees will reduce by 250 Euros for each of the 4 successful applicants. Local and Regional participants qualify to apply for this grant. (Apply through Registration window)

    (ii) The Scientist Grant

    The distinguished scholar in the field of tree-ring science has provided funds to support 3 FMALE participants from Africa (preferably local participants) through contribution towards registration fees. Registration fees will reduce by $200 for each of the 3 successful applicants. Local and Regional participants qualify to apply for this grant, though priority will be given to local participants. (Apply through Registration window)
    Note: Potential participants can apply for one type of grant only

  • Contacts

    Training and Accomodation

    The Dean – School of Natural Resources



    Dr. Justine Ngoma

    Cell: +260968868773

    WhatsApp/Call/Message: +260968868773