Colorado mountains

Pattern and control of primary production

Plant growth in most ecosystems forms the base or “primary” component of the food web. The amount and type of plant growth in an ecosystem helps to determine the amount and kind of animals (or “secondary” productivity) that can survive there.

Complex Mountain Landscapes RCN-SEES: Advancing our social and environmental understanding of complex mountain landscapes and their vulnerability to environmental change.

Poster Number:  369 Presenter/Primary Author:  Arthur McKee Mountain-valley environments are complex landscapes characterized by steep biophysical gradients with many areas experiencing profound socioeconomic transitions such as rapid population growth and

Effects of increased snow on growth response and allocation patterns of arctic plants

Poster Number:  368 Presenter/Primary Author:  Claire Addis Warming in the Arctic has led to an increase in shrub cover on the tundra and has been well documented in arctic Alaska.

Salix shrub expansion over the past 62 years in rocky mountain alpine tundra

Poster Number:  359 Presenter/Primary Author:  Adam Formica Global change factors are causing a shift in tundra vegetation in that woody plants are encroaching into herbaceous-dominated communities.

Quantifying the physiology of structurally complex arctic vegetation and implications for ecosystem function in a shrubbier tundra

Poster Number:  358 Presenter/Primary Author:  Adam Formica As conditions become more favorable in some arctic regions for shrub growth, shrubs will not only expand laterally, but they will grow thicker and taller, altering the physical structure of the can

Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER