Cross-continental collaboration through the Scientist Exchange Program

Far from his home in Potsdam, Germany, Christian Mohr attended the third Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network (CRMRN) workshop in Juneau, Alaska last March. Along the way, he had the opportunity to finally meet with distant collaborators working in his field and make connections from his research in the temperate rainforests of Patagonia to theContinue reading Cross-continental collaboration through the Scientist Exchange Program

Student Spotlight: Liz Kreitinger

The CRMRN will be sharing Q&As with graduate and postdoctoral network members throughout the summer and fall. Stay tuned! Meet Liz Kreitinger. Liz is an MS/PhD student in the Soil and Water Lab at Cornell University. With her advisor Todd Walter and CRMRN steering committee member Dave D’Amore, she is studying how watersheds process nutrients,Continue reading Student Spotlight: Liz Kreitinger

Digging for answers in the temperate rainforest

A spray of rust-colored soil lands with a thud in the forest surrounding Juneau’s John Muir trail, disturbing the devil’s club for a moment. Over his shoulder, UAF soil scientist Diogo Noses Spinola is deftly swinging a shovelful of dirt downhill of us. He takes a break to let Raquel Portes, his partner and fellowContinue reading Digging for answers in the temperate rainforest

Can yellow-cedar recover from climate-driven declines?

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?

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Fedenko

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

Student Spotlight: Kyle Turchick

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

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North to South: Freeze and fire trends in American coastal temperate rainforests

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

Thinking Deep: Land, sea, and soil connections at CRMRN Workshop 3

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