Out in the Cold: Effects of Winter Climate Change on Northern Hardwood Forests

6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
8:30 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
In the next century, climate changes in the northeastern United States are projected to reduce the depth and duration of the snow covering the ground, which could lead to a greater occurrence of soil frost. What effect will this have on our forests? Associate Professor of Biology Pamela Templer set out to find the answers by conducting a four-year snow-removal experiment in the forests of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The results were troubling: Inducing soil frost led to decreased rates of nutrient and water and carbon uptake by trees, as well as decreased arthropod abundance and diversity. What does this mean for the long term? Could these changes be offset by warmer growing seasons? Join Prof. Templer to learn more about this potential threat to our forest ecosystems. Discoveries, a complimentary lecture and learning series that taps the strength of Boston University faculty to give alumni a deeper look into the world and their lives, is brought to you by your BU Alumni Association and the College of Arts & Sciences.