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Harvard Forest Research Project 2022

  • Title: Effects of soil warming on leaf structure in forest trees
  • Principal investigator: Rakefet David-Schwartz (
  • Institution: Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
  • Primary contact: Rakefet David-Schwartz (
  • Team members: Jacqueline Mohan
  • Abstract:

    The hypothesis I am testing is that soil warming alters leaf development in woody species and may affect leaf functions such as transpiration and carbon assimilation.
    I will test this hypothesis on big mature trees and young trees from the understory of Barre woods soil warming experimental plot.
    I will measure stomatal density, leaf mass per area, and leaf structure via cross sections.