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Although high-severity fire is the primary type of disturbance shaping the structure of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) stands in the southern Rocky Mountains, many post-fire stands are also affected by blowdown, low-severity surface fires, and/or outbreaks of mountain pine beetle (MPB; Dendroctonus ponderosae). The ecological effects of these secondary(More)
EVALUATING THE SPATIAL VARIABILITY OF SNOWPACK PROPERTIES ACROSS A NORTHERN COLORADO BASIN Knowledge of seasonal mountain snowpack distribution and estimates of its snow water equivalent (SWE) can provide insight for water resources forecasting and earth system process understanding, thus, it is important to improve our ability to describe the spatial(More)
Snow accumulation and timing of melt affect the availability of water resources for the Western United States. Climate warming can significantly impact the hydrology of this region by decreasing the amount of precipitation falling as snow and altering the timing of snowmelt and associated runoff. Therefore, it is essential to characterize how regional(More)
Vegetation processes in terrestrial ecosystems are closely linked with wildfire regime, but fire histories at the boundary between the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts of North America are relatively sparse. We investigated wildfire regime and its driving factors before and after Euro-American settlement in high-elevation mixed-conifer ecosystems that are(More)
Over the last decade western North America has experienced the largest mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreak in recorded history and Rocky Mountain forests have been severely impacted. Although bark beetles are indigenous to North American forests, climate change has facilitated the beetle's expansion into previously unsuitable(More)
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