Fundamental Influence of Landscape Pattern on Boreal Forest Dynamics

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Fundamental Influence of Landscape Pattern On Boreal Forest Dynamics

The structure and composition of forests around the world are changing in rapid and unprecedented ways. Human activities, such as logging and expansion of the urban-wildland interface, have resulted in highly fragmented landscapes in areas that were once covered with relatively continuous tracts of forest. The close links between landscape structure, disturbance regimes, and successional processes suggest that modern fragmented landscapes are likely operating outside of their historical ranges of variability, yet the long time scales on which the dynamics of forest communities operate make this difficult to assess. Additionally, landscape structure, legacy effects, and seed source availability and proximity also represent important determinants of vegetation change. Understanding how forest communities will change in the future is key information needed in the development of long-term management plans for these ecologically and economically critical systems. This project is using the naturally fragmented landscape of Granlandet Reserve in northern Sweden as an analog to explore the long-term and unintended consequences of changing landscape structure.

Funding sources: J. William Fulbright Fellowship; Mid Sweden University; UW-Platteville Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund

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Presentations (* indicates undergraduate student)
  • Evan R. Larson. 2014. A world in pieces: Fragmentation and the fundamental influence of landscape structure on forest ecosystems. Department of Geography, Environment and Society Coffee Hour, February 7, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Evan R. Larson. 2013. Fragments: The fundamental influence of landscape structure on forest ecosystems. UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education Faculty Forum lecture series, November 7, Platteville, Wisconsin.
  • Evan R. Larson, Julia Rauchfuss, Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson. 2013. Seeking the natural: Shifting climate and human influences on the fire regimes of mid Sweden. Second American Dendrochronology Conference, May 13–17, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • Sarah Scott*, Christopher Underwood, and Evan R. Larson. 2013. The fundamental influence of landscape structure on boreal forest dynamics, northern Sweden. Second American Dendrochronology Conference, May 13–17, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • Evan R. Larson and Bengt Gunnar Jonsson. 2012. The fundamental influence of landscape structure on boreal forest communities. Gothenburg University Laboratory for Dendrochronology seminar series, March 15, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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