White spruce trees grow in the Chugach Mountains of South Central Alaska. Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson and his team work to define how boreal forest trees grow and what limits their growth.
The Boreal Forest: Why So Small?
Bjartmar Sveinbjornsson, professor of biological sciences and director of the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at the University of Alaska Anchorage, researches boreal forest biology. He’s joined by students in the National Science Foundation’s program Research Experience for Undergraduates, and has hosted 2 REU students “Every year for the last decade or so.” Featured in videos are REU participants Amanda Bonavia and Benjamin Russell, students from Rockford University, Chicago, Illinois.
Sveinbjornsson, Bonavia and Russell are researching the growth of white spruce trees in the Chugach Mountains of South Central Alaska. “We need a mechanistic understanding of what is controlling the activities in these ecosystems,” Sveinbjornsson explained. In ‘The Boreal Forest: Why So Small?’ video, Sveinbjornsson asks why trees above the treeline are growing sparse and small.
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