About This Project
Does successive exposure of conifer seedlings to drought prepare them for subsequent extreme drought?
Billions of tree seedlings are produced annually in the USA to replace trees lost due to timber harvesting and disturbances such as wildfire. In addition to an historic lack of precipitation across the western US, increased temperatures due to climate warming are further reducing the water available to seedlings, posing challenges to forest regeneration. Our research project seeks to determine how best to enhance the resilience of seedlings to drought conditions.