Climate Change and Nitrogen: Too Much or Not Enough?
Human activities are leading to changes in climate that are having feedbacks to both human and ecosystem health. These impacts are important to understand since forests can help us mitigate (or reduce) climate change and because forests also help humans adapt to climate change by cooling local temperatures and retaining compounds like ozone and nitrogen oxides from the atmosphere and nitrogen in soils that would otherwise diminish air and water quality and further lead to climate change and damage to human health. It is important to recognize that there are many threats to forest health and function that could diminish their functioning. In this talk I’ll share our recent studies evaluating the effects of climate change, atmospheric deposition, and land-use change on the health and functioning of forest ecosystems.