Special Issue "Causes and Consequences of Bark Beetle Epidemics on Tree, Forest and Ecosystem Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Bark beetles have coevolved with pine species for millennia, yet over the past decade and a half we have witnessed mountain pine beetle outbreaks at unprecedented scales throughout Western North America forests. Millions of hectares of pine forests have been affected and the outbreak and subsequent management response will impact ecosystem processes and forest growth trajectories at multiple scales for decades. Although this unparalleled outbreak and subsequent forest mortality has generated a large body of research spanning multiple disciplines, there are knowledge gaps in our understanding of the causes and effects of this widespread and intense forest disturbance. These knowledge gaps, coupled with the fact that beetle impacted forests will regenerate under a changing climate with potentially novel growing conditions, suggests a critical need for more research. We seek papers that identify environmental or ecological factors that contributed to the recent epidemic, describe mountain pine beetle impacts on ecosystem processes or identify management opportunities that may prevent or limit the extent of future outbreaks. We welcome papers from all fields of study including experimental, monitoring and modeling approaches for this Special Issue in order to further our understanding of the causes and consequences of large scale bark beetle epidemics.
Dr. Robert M. Hubbard
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- Lodgepole Pine
- Pinus contorta
- Ponderosa Pine
- Pinus ponderosa
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