Yellow-cedar research in the spotlight: In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren Oakes

Lauren Oakes, a conservation scientist and author, conducted her Ph.D. research on the decline of yellow-cedar in the forests of the north Pacific coastal temperate rainforest. CRMRN investigators Allison Bidlack, Brian Buma, and Sarah Bisbing are continuing to work with Lauren and others on expanded regional ecological studies of this climate-impacted species.

This fall, Oakes published in an award-winning book, In Search of the Canary Tree, about climate change and her experiences tracking the decline of yellow-cedar across Chichagof Island and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

The book has received wide recognition, with excerpts and interviews featured in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, and NPR, as well as a spot on Science Friday’s Best Science Books of 2018 list.

Photo credit: Lauren Oakes


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