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

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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

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