Climate influences on tree growth and establishment in the central Appalachians

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My dissertation research with Margot Kaye at Penn State used tree rings along natural climate gradients to investigate interactions among temperature, precipitation, and competition on the growth and establishment of co-occuring tree species.  In addition to dendrochronology, this research required spatially interpolating and downscaling climate data to develop a product of high-enough resolution to be useful to describe the complex climate gradients found in the central Appalachian Mountains.

Related Publications:

  • Rollinson, CR, MW Kaye, CD Canham. 2016. Interspecific variation in growth responses to climate and competition of five eastern tree species. Ecology, 97:1003-1011.
  • Rollinson, CR, MW Kaye. 2015. Modeling temperature in mountainous ecoregions: Importance of spatial scale for ecological research. Climate Research 64: 99-110.

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