The state of aspen forests in the Southern Rockies

Jason Sibold

Description:The goal of this seminar is to review the literate on aspen (Populus tremuloides) forest ecology and dynamics in the southern Rocky Mountains. We will review general aspen ecology, the evidence for and drivers of recent changes to aspen forests ((sudden aspen decline (SAD)), species distribution model projections of aspen distribution under projected climate change, and recent developments on aspen stand dynamics to develop a current picture of aspen forests in the southern Rocky Mountains. Students will be partially graded on attendance and discussion along with synthesis of ideas from the assigned readings and other relevant papers identified in literature searches.

Section: 4
Credits: 1
Restrictions:
First Meeting: 8/23/2016
Meeting Times: Thursday from 2-3 pm
Classroom: GSB346
CRN: 60565
Cross Listed:
Enrollment Limit: 15
Background: General ecology or biogeography background.
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Jason Sibold jason.sibold@colostate.edu 9704914801