Arbor Harbor

Wood Identification

Three wood identification tools include Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-TOFMS), Statble Isotope Ratio Analysis, and XyloTron image analysis (right).

For general wood identification service providers, see the Global Timber Tracking Network.


  • DART-TOFMS spectra on the heartwood of CITES-listed species and look-alike timbers. Contacts:
    • Cady Lancaster (
    • Ed Espinoza (Ed_espinoza(at)fws(dot)gov)

  • Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis for elemental analysis to determine the origin of species.

  • XyloTron for automated wood identification using machine-vision technology.