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2016 RCGS Independent Research Grant Recipient

Emma Davis
Vegetation dynamics of alpine treelines in protected areas of the Canadian Cordillera

Alpine treeline study site at Goodsir Pass, Kootenay National Park (Photo: Madison Downe)

Changes in species distributions associated with climate change have already begun and are expected to continue having significant consequences for ecosystem function and composition. Striking examples of species rearrangements are found in many high elevation forests where the position of the alpine treeline has increased in elevation in response to contemporary climate change. This research project will assess the roles that biotic (i.e. competition, seed production and viability, seed predation) and abiotic (i.e. microclimate, soil characteristics) factors have in influencing the responses of treeline environments to climate change in the Canadian Cordillera.


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