Forest community response to moderate-severity disturbance
The response of forest communities to moderate severity disturbance will be very important to the future of Great Lakes region forests, given ongoing pest outbreaks and the senescence of early-successional canopy trees that is occurring across the upper Great Lakes region. Forest productivity appears to be highly resilient to moderate severity disturbance, and much of this resilience may be related to community patterns.
We are studying the impact of species and community-level responses to disturbance on productivity and resilience in the Forest Accelerated Succession Experiment at the University of Michigan Biological Station.
Dr. Peter Curtis - Ohio State University
Dr. Christopher Gough - Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Christoph Vogel - University of Michigan
Liz Stockton - Tufts University (REU Student)
Ellen Goodrich-Stuart - Virginia Commonwealth (PhD student)
Aubrie De La Cruz - Cal Poly Pomona (REU Student)
Stuart-Haëntjens, E.J., P.S. Curtis, R.T. Fahey, C.S. Vogel, and C.M. Gough. (In press). Net primary production of a temperate deciduous forest exhibits a threshold response to increasing disturbance severity. Ecology.