Across the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, a change is taking root. Warming winters are reducing snowpack in the region and causing a massive decline in a culturally, economically, and ecologically important tree species; yellow-cedar. Yellow-cedar trees are adapted with fine, shallow roots that allow them to respond to early spring warming and get aContinue reading Can yellow-cedar recover from climate-driven declines?
The CRMRN will be sharing Q&As with graduate and postdoctoral network members throughout the summer. Stay tuned! Meet Jennifer Fedenko. Jennifer is a master’s student, working with Rebecca Lybrand as her advisor, at Oregon State University. She is working with CRMRN steering committee member Dave D’Amore, studying links between geology and soil formation in SoutheastContinue reading Student Spotlight: Jennifer Fedenko
The Hakai Institute seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow who will work to quantify changes in seasonal snow and alpine glaciers in the southern Coast Mountains and on Vancouver Island as part of a five-year study funded by the Hakai Institute. Anticipated start date for this position is October 15, 2019, and applications are due by August 9,Continue reading Apply: Cryosphere Postdoctoral Fellow
The CRMRN will be sharing Q&As with graduate and postdoctoral network members throughout the summer. Stay tuned! Meet Kyle Turchick. Kyle is a Master’s student in the Buma Lab at the University of Colorado Denver. With his advisor, CRMRN steering committee member Brian Buma, he is studying disturbance ecology on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska.Continue reading Student Spotlight: Kyle Turchick
In a warming world, the Arctic is often cited as the leading edge of climate change. But the coastal temperate rainforests of North and South America may qualify as another frontier: while the Arctic is warming at a faster rate, these temperate rainforests are crossing key temperature thresholds that may trigger sudden shifts in ecosystemContinue reading North to South: Freeze and fire trends in American coastal temperate rainforests
Last week, over 30 scientists from across the US, Canada, and as far as Germany stood on the soggy wetlands of Juneau’s Douglas Island during the third Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network workshop. Though everyone stared down at the same moss-covered peat, the group was thinking about the ecosystem from distinct perspectives. The structure ofContinue reading Thinking Deep: Land, sea, and soil connections at CRMRN Workshop 3
Change spurs growth, even for forests. Disturbances such as landslides, wind, and wildfires are part of the ecosystem dynamics of a region. Over a short timescale, disturbances are known to decrease carbon stored as forest biomass, by burning and uprooting vegetation and disrupting growth. But across broad time and spatial scales, exposure to disturbances mayContinue reading Do ecosystem disturbances enhance forest carbon storage in Southeast Alaska?
Applications for Workshop 3: Transformation and Transport of Elements and Compounds from Terrestrial to Aquatic Systems in Juneau are due this week. The workshop will be held in Juneau, Alaska on March 25 – 28, 2019. To Apply: Please fill out the application by January 25, 2019 More information on the workshop. For questions and additional information, please contact: Allison Bidlack
The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate to study mineral weathering, soil development, and clay mineralogy in forested ecosystems of the Alaskan coastal temperate rainforest. The position is based in Juneau, working closely the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS). The ResearchContinue reading Apply: UAF soil post-doctoral fellow position
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, OakesContinue reading Yellow-cedar research in the spotlight: In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren Oakes