Aspen Conifer Forests

Research 1

In western North America, aspen forest communities support high biodiversity and are important sources of water from melting snowpack for human use. However, changing environmental conditions are altering the function and composition of aspen forests. Long-term studies are being conducted that examine how facilitation and competition between aspen and conifer, changing fire regimes, climate change and animal browsing are altering aspen forests of western North America. We are also characterizing functional traits that confer tolerance to the wide spectrum of stresses that aspen experiences.

View a short video about our aspen research.

See our research website on Aspen Ecology.

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