S3 Episode 3: Forest Transformation in the Southwest


Come Rain or Shine Series, Season 3 Episode 3: Impacts from rapid climate change are challenging traditional land & wildlife management strategies that were based on a stable baseline condition. In some locations we are already observing early-stage ecosystem reorganization in response to historic land management practices combined with recent novel climate stresses. Dr. Craig Allen and Dr. Nate Stephenson discuss how the convergence of climate stress, human land use patterns and histories, and disturbance trends in the southwestern United States are leading to forest ecosystem changes and transformation. 

Papers mentioned during the interview:

Allen, C.D., Macalady, A.K., Chenchouni, H., Bachelet, D., McDowell, N., Vennetier, M., Kitzberger, T., Rigling, A., Breshears, D.D., Hogg, E.T. and Gonzalez, P., 2010. A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forestsForest ecology and management259(4), pp.660-684.

Janzen, D., 1998. Gardenification of wildland nature and the human footprintScience279(5355), pp.1312-1313.

Millar, C.I., Stephenson, N.L. and Stephens, S.L., 2007. Climate change and forests of the future: managing in the face of uncertaintyEcological applications17(8), pp.2145-2151.

Milly, P.C., Betancourt, J., Falkenmark, M., Hirsch, R.M., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Lettenmaier, D.P. and Stouffer, R.J., 2008. Stationarity is dead: whither water management?Science319(5863), pp.573-574.

Bioscience. January 2022 Issue (RAD spotlight)


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Skye Aney
Reanna Burnett


Emile Elias
Sarah LeRoy


Dr. Craig Allen
Dr. Nate Stephenson


Wednesday, March 2, 2022