Using Structural and Thermal Heterogeneity to Minimize or Reverse the Impacts of Climate Change in Terrestrial Systems

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Current forest management techniques have reduced structural heterogeneity at broad ecological scales, likely having a major impact on species diversity and ecosystem function. I will use stage-structured Species Area Distributions and Species Biomass Distributions to quantify differences in structural heterogeneity in forest plots across a latitudinal gradient. Two types of forest stands will be compared: mixed-stage structure (heterogeneous), and single-stage structure (homogenous). By quantifying differences at each site, I hope to show that structural heterogeneity buffers extreme variation in climate, allowing for the maintenance of rare plant and arthropod populations.
Effective start/end date1/09/1031/08/13


  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: $111,000.00


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