How should we manage our forests in the face of uncertainty? What we know and what we don’t know about how trees respond to climate

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
3:30 pm
La Sells Stewart Center-C&E Hall

Forest managers face increasing uncertainty as to the environmental, economic and social environments in the future.  Forest rotations in the Pacific Northwest are long, however, and decisions are usually made conservatively based on past experiences.  However, climate projections are becoming increasing consistent as to their projections of increased temperatures in the future in our region. Should we continue to look backwards or use recent research and experiences to make changes in our management?  This lecture will review what we know about how tree growth is influenced by environmental conditions and which steps managers could take now to respond to recent and predicated changes in climate.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA. Has degrees in forest biology (BS) and soils/silviculture (MS) from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and PhD in tree physiology/soils from University of Washington, Seattle.  Has worked in New York, Nebraska, most of the southern US and Washington and Oregon.  Has broad interests in silviculture, tree physiology, forest ecology and soil-site modeling and has studied both major species and also those interesting species that are less studied by others.  Work in the last 15 years has focused in part on phenology and the effects of climate change on tree responses.  She is co-PI (with Brad St. Clair) in the Douglas-fir Seed-Source Movement Trial, a large-scale regional experiment involving multiple private land owners and public land managers to learn the effects of moving seed sources to different climates.