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Field trip to Klamath

posted May 21, 2015, 12:49 PM by Alec Kretchun   [ updated May 23, 2015, 11:43 AM by Melissa Lucash ]
Last week Drs. Lucash and Scheller joined up with fellow co-PIs in Happy Camp, CA for a field visit associated with the 'Klamath Fire and Climate' project. This NSF-funded effort will investigate the potential for fire and climate to force ecosystems in southern Oregon/northern California over thresholds wherein the dominant vegetation shifts from forests to shrubs. Such a shift in the Klamath would impair its unparalleled botanical diversity (e.g. there are 29 species of conifer trees in the Klamath!). It would also release massive amounts of greenhouse gases, as some of the most carbon-dense forests in North America transition to low-carbon shrub-chaparral. Dr. Jonathan Thompson of Harvard Forest leads the project as PI, with collaborators from Smithsonian (Dr. Kristina Anderson-Teixiera), University of Virginia (Dr. Howard Epstein), Smithsonian (Dr. Adam Miller), US Forest Service (Dr. Tom Spies) and Portland State (Drs. Scheller and Lucash).  To read more about our project, go to