Published: July 25, 2019

Bisbing S, Buma B, Oakes L, Krapek J, Bidlack A. From canopy to seed: Loss of snow drives directional changes in forest composition. Ecology and Evolution. 9(14): 8157-8174.

This study explored the relationship between the loss of snow to climate change and forest die-offs along the North Pacific coast, specifically looking at the relationship between mature, large-tree mortality and recovering (or lack thereof) vegetation.  We found that regeneration is unable to keep pace with the mortality in most cases, and so snow loss is causing a widespread shift in forest vegetation - not a loss of forest in most cases, but rather a change to a less diverse system.