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Harvard Forest Symposium Abstract 2018

  • Title: Forest fragmentation, urbanization, & the carbon cycle
  • Primary Author: Lucy Hutyra (Boston University)
  • Abstract:

    Forest fragmentation is pervasive throughout the world’s forests, impacting growing conditions and carbon dynamics through edge effects that produce gradients in microclimate, biogeochemistry, and stand structure. Agriculture and urban expansion are the dominant drivers of fragmentation across the globe. My work with the Harvard Forest LTER explores how forest fragmentation and urbanization affect vegetation carbon densities, gross primary productivity, and respiration dynamics. Scientific approaches include a combination of direct flux measurements, remotely sensed observations, and process-based ecosystem models.

  • Research Category: Conservation and Management; Forest-Atmosphere Exchange