Monday, June 22, 2015

Student, faculty publish on yellow-cedar trees

John Krapek marks the location and measures yellow-cedar trees near Juneau.
SNRE graduate student John Krapek and his co-advisor, Assistant Professor Brian Buma, published a short natural history piece in the June issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. “Yellow-cedar: climate change and natural history at odds” describes how in southern and coastal portions of the yellow-cedar range in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska the species is dying because of climate change. At the same time, it is slowly expanding its range northward into suitable habitat and more favorable climes.

The article concludes, “Experimental plantings by the U.S. Forest Service near the northern range edge grow well, and land managers are considering further aiding this species in its slow march north. For now, at least, the race is on.” Krapek is studying natural resources management and Buma teaches forest ecosystem ecology at the University of Alaska Southeast and is an affiliate assistant professor in SNRE.

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