Climate variability and fire effects on quaking aspen in the central Rocky Mountains, USA

    Climate variability and fire effects on quaking aspen in the central Rocky Mountains, USA

     

     

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    Date: July 13, 2016

    Currently, our understanding of how climate and fire have impacted quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) communities prior to the 20th century is fairly limited. However, by using a paleoecological approach using pollen and charcoal preserved in lake sediments, this study was able to investigate how changes in both climate and fire regimes influenced a quaking aspen stand from the Medicine Bow Range located in southeastern Wyoming.

    Biography:
    Vachel Carter is a Post-Doc Research Associate at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She received her PhD in Geography at the University of Utah where she studied Paleoecology. As a paleoecologist, she studies how ecosystems change through time, specifically how subalpine forests in the western U.S. have responded to changes in climate over the past 10,000 years.