How a Warming Climate May Alter Plants and Forests Worldwide

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Southwest and South Central CASC Director, Steve Jackson, was interviewed by YaleEnvironment360 on how species of plants and forests have responded to climate change historically and what that tells researchers about how plants might respond in climate change in our current era.

San Juan National Forest in Colorado

San Juan National Forest in Colorado (Public domain.)

Read the full article by YaleEnvironment360, here.

An article by YaleEnvironment360 explores the effects of historic warming periods on plants and forests and how they may compare with current warming trends. Examining paleo-records from tens of thousands to millions of years ago can reveal how plants and forests have historically responded to climate change and may provide insight into how they could respond to a currently warming climate. Southwest and South Central CASC Director, Steve Jackson, whose research has focused on using the past 25,000 years of earth history as a source of natural experiments to explore ecological responses to environmental changes of various kinds, rates, and magnitudes was interviewed for the piece. In it, Jackson notes that “Climate change is not going to affect everyone equally” because it will create conditions that are more favorable for some species over others and that “there are going to be winners and losers.”

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