The Future of Michigan Forests: Neighborhood and Climate Interactions
Temperate forests are integral to landscape scale processes and human services. The impacts of climate change and the benefit of biodiversity for forests are both well studied, but the interaction between the biotic and abiotic factors is still not completely agreed upon. This study described how individual species will interact with each other to influence yearly growth under a changing climate. We used a combination of spatial analysis, dendrochronology, and predictive modeling to answer our research questions. We found differences in impacts on tree species common to Southeast Michigan. The purpose of this study was to describe the interaction between climate and biodiversity and also aid forest managers interested in adaptively preparing their stands for a future climate.
Kirk Acharya, MS (CE)