Research should show effects of tree mortality on drier ecosystems
UNM Biology Professor Marcy Litvak is researching tree mortality and the effect it has on other living trees in semi-arid ecosystems.
Litvak is working on an extended grant. The original award was for $1,046,194 from the Department of Energy. A new National Science Foundation award was granted for $1,234,148. The research will extend into 2019.
“It advances our understanding of the links between tree mortality and hydrology in semi-arid systems…” Litvak said. “It also addresses an important and poorly-understood consequence of tree mortality, the effect of tree die-off on the environmental conditions that control future vegetation and ecosystem recovery from such a significant disturbance.”