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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Resource requirements in Acadian Forest species

Location: The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, Southeastern New Brunswick

Collaborators: D. Mazerolle, M. Smith 

With growing pressures on forested lands worldwide, changing climatic patterns due to global warming and the recognized importance of forests in the mitigation of climate change, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the mechanisms determining tree species distributions at local and regional scales and the impacts of land use on the resulting forest dynamics. The objectives of this research are two-fold: (1) to quantify the resource requirements and interactive effects of multiple resources (light, water, and nutrients) on juvenile and adult distributions of Acadian forest trees; and (2) to quantify changes to these species-resource relationships and the impacts on forest dynamics in light of changing land uses.

Related publications: Manning & Baltzer (2011) For Ecol Manage 262: 838; Schurman and Baltzer (submitted) J Ecol; Watts and Baltzer (submitted) CJFR