Forest Drought Mortality

Using repeated stem-map data from a long-term experimental forest treatment and Bayesian Structural Equation Analysis, we are assessing how stand density, species composition and tree health drives drought mortality or persistence. A two-decade manipulative experiemnt in the The Teakettle Forest has provided us with this unique opportunity to test the impact of the historic 2012-2016 drought in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Findings from this study are informing forest management practices and preview how forest ecosystem may change dramatically under increasingly severe droughts in a warming region.


. Do forest fuel reduction treatments confer resistance to beetle infestation and drought mortality?. Ecosphere, 33(7), 1159-1176, 2021.

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