University of New Brunswick climate-change researchers study how seedlings react in range of temperatures

By Nishat Chowdhury
CBC News
August 22, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Anthony Taylor & Rob Vaughn

Two scientists from the University of New Brunswick are working together to understand the impact of climate change on the Acadian forest. Anthony Taylor and Rob Vaughn are conducting a two-year experiment studying how different species of tree seedlings will grow under different climate change conditions. …The UNB experiment exposes seven different coniferous species native to the Acadian forest to 12 levels of warming. The species are the red, white, and black spruce, balsam fir, white pine, jack pine and hemlock, all species. …According to Vaughn, they’re growing the species under 12 different temperature treatments ranging from baseline, which is roughly the average daily baseline climate conditions for Fredericton from early May to September, to18 degrees above that baseline. “That data can then be used to inform forest models and to get some really good empirical data that will allow those models to be more accurate,” said Vaughn. 

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