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Managing for resistance and resilience in northern Great Lake Forests

posted Sep 21, 2015, 5:01 AM by   [ updated Sep 21, 2015, 5:05 AM ]

We examined resistance and resilience of disturbance, management, and climate change in northern Great Lake forests.  These represent the last two chapters of Matthew Duveneck's (PhD 2013) dissertation and follow articles in Ecosphere and Canadian Journal of Forest Research

Ecological Applications
This paper explores the efficacy of planting climate suitable tree species in northern Great Lake forests under climate change.  We simulated changes to productivity, species and functional diversity with management implications for sites where diversity and productivity are expected to decline.

Landscape Ecology

This paper assesses and presents a framework for measuring resistance and resilience.  We examined resistance and resilience of northern Great Lake forests under four management regimes under climate change. The index of resilience presented could be used to explore resilience of other ecological systems. 

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