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Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises

Lecture Video

Jeremy Jackson of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution discusses  practical solutions to minimize the destruction caused by industrial agriculture, sea level rise, wildfires, water mismanagement, and extreme weather.

In the eastern US, adult trees adapt and acclimate to local climate

Trees growing in temperate forests in the eastern US show strong adaptation or acclimation to local climate. So reports a new study that analyzed more than 23,000 tree cores to investigate how adult trees respond to changes in climatic conditions.

Evaluating the gas we pass

Ecologists are embracing the potential to increase the storage of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems. This could reduce the build-up of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. But does it?

Thanks to climate change and wetter weather, forest soils are absorbing less methane

Farming, energy production, and landfills produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Forests can remove methane from the atmosphere through the activity of soil bacteria. But increasing precipitation – a symptom of climate change – is making it harder for forest soils to trap greenhouse gases, creating a feedback loop that exacerbates global warming.

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Effects of Global Climate Change on Stream Ecosystems

Our current research focuses on northeastern US streams draining a range of complexity of riparian forests in the Adirondacks (NY) and at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. Our findings will have implications for managing both riparian forest and aquatic ecosystems together in response to changing environmental conditions.

Snow Depth & Soil Freezing as a Regulator of Microbial Processes

In the northern hardwood forests in New Hampshire we are analyzing how soil freezing events cause root and microbial mortality, which can lead to increased rates of N and P mineralization and loss. 

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