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Duveneck et al in CJFR

posted May 14, 2014, 10:14 AM by Alec Kretchun   [ updated May 14, 2014, 10:56 AM ]
Former student and now Harvard Forest post doc Matthew Duveneck has a new publication out in Canadian Journal of Forest Research entitled, "Effects of alternative forest management on biomass and species diversity in the face of climate change in the northern Great Lakes region (USA)" with co authors Robert Scheller and Mark White. This manuscript addresses community shifts in the boreal ecotone of northeastern MInnesota and northern Lower Michigan under several different climate and management scenarios. Because this area is situated within a boreal-temperate transition zone, climate change is expected to have dramatic effects on forest communities. Increasingly, managers are looking for adaptation strategies for managing these forests. The researchers found that under low emissions climate, expanding forest reserves and utilizing 'modified silvicultural treatments' could increase resistance and preserve forest composition. Under high emissions climate, however, expanding forest reserves had little effect on preserving legacy species but modified silvicultural treatments were effective in increasing aboveground biomass. 

Link to the article here

This is a follow up to a paper that was released in Ecosphere in Februrary, entitled "Climate change effects on northern Great Lake (USA) forests: A case for preserving diversity". Link that article here. Great job Matthew and all involved!