NDSU professor receives research grant to study trees during past floods

FARGO, N.D. -- An NDSU professor is uprooting information on flooding, one tree at a time.

Dr. Joe Zeleznik was awarded a $350,000 grant to research trees around the Red River. He's going to be looking for trees as old as 400 years old, and then study their rings. He says the technology we have now for tree rings only goes back to a hundred years. This research will help us get a look into floods from as early as the 1600's.

"Information about flooding levels, or what is the 100 year flood, the 500 year flood, maybe we'll find something different than the data we have from instruments," said Zeleznik.

The professor says the research will take about 3 years