Future of Oak Forests- nitrogen dynamics associated with canopy tree loss
Record Type: Research Project
Project Start Date: Jan. 1, 2010
Description: The Future of Oak Forests study, led by a team of 13 faculty-level principal investigators, is the first direct, manipulative investigation of the cascades of impacts likely to follow from the loss of oaks, in advance of what may occur should they succumb to current and/or future threats. Oaks are a foundation taxon (a key species group) in northeastern forests, playing a vital role in the ecosystem. Using a species-removal technique, the study mimics the effects of pathogens, such as sudden oak death, in a series of experimental plots (some with all oaks girdled, some with half the oaks girdled, some with all non-oaks girdled, and controls).