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Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Impacts of Urbanization & Landscape Fragmentation on the Carbon Cycle
Forest fragmentation is ubiquitous across urban and rural areas. While there is mounting evidence that forest fragmentation alters the terrestrial carbon cycle, the extent to which differences in ambient growing conditions between urban and rural landscapes mediate forest response to fragmentation and climate remains unexamined. This seminar will explore patterns of landscape change across the Northeastern U.S. and the impacts on forest structure, growth rates, and soil respiration. The effects of fragmentation and urbanization on forest structure and carbon cycling highlight the need to include the influences of both of these facets of land cover change when quantifying regional carbon balance and its response to a changing climate.