Forests across North-Central and North-Eastern North America historically have been responsible for most of the continent’s biological carbon storage, helping to slow atmospheric CO2 increases. However, these forests are aging and are beset by a variety of pests and pathogens. In the face of continuing climate change, what does this mean for the future?
This webinar will provide information about:
- Links between forest age, biological and structural complexity, and ecosystem resilience to disturbance
- Current approaches to predicting carbon storage by future forests
- Management options that promote the sustainable delivery of forest ecosystem goods and services
Peter Curtis is professor of plant ecology at Ohio State University. He conducts research on ecosystem responses to climate change and directs the Northern Forest Carbon Cycle Research Program in northern lower Michigan based at the University of Michigan Biological Station. He has published widely on ecological responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, how climate and land use affect forest carbon storage, and the role biological complexity and ecological resilience can play in aiding our future forests.