Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

APR 25, 2016     ALEXEJ SIREN Snowshoe hare captured at one of the camera sites. Photo: A. Siren Northern New Hampshire, January 2016.  I was doubtful that I was going to find lynx tracks.  As a Master’s student, I had spent most weekends doing field work in northern New Hampshire and never found lynx tracks.  However, that … Continue reading Splitting Hares: When climate increases predation on a keystone species

Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics

APR 11, 2016 by KATIE RENWICK A mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) perched atop a match stick for scale. Photo credit: US Forest Service Many trees in the Rocky Mountains were alive long before I was born- before my grandparents were born. These trees bore witness to an unprecedented rise in CO2 concentrations, and have weathered the … Continue reading Of trees and beetles: Research at the intersection of climate change and disturbance dynamics

Fieldwork Letters from the Gulf Coastal Plain: Dendrotempestology

 FEB 22, 2016     CLAY TUCKER Dendrotempestology (it’s a mouthful I know!) is the study of the effects of hurricanes on trees. When people hear this, they normally spout something like, “Well, hurricanes kill the trees! Duh!” I quickly attempt to note that though the trees surrounding their houses may suffer substantial damage, many ecosystems are adapted … Continue reading Fieldwork Letters from the Gulf Coastal Plain: Dendrotempestology