Spring into summer – when to grow a leaf?

The solstice has just come, but summer still seems far away in parts of the Rocky Mountains. Many of the high peaks are still covered in snow. New growth and new leaves await bare ground and warm conditions. But why? Deciding when to deploy a leaf is a risky decision for a plant – too…

Scrambling to choose the right research site

We are setting up a new forest dynamics plot in the Rocky Mountains this week, focused on understanding interactions and climate change responses among clones of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). The site will ultimately join the Global Ecosystems Monitoring network and contribute unique data from a low-diversity temperate forest in the coming years. Choosing a…