Drought-related tree mortality: Heading into a century of more frequent and severe forest dieback events

When: February 17, 2016, 3:30-4:30 pm

Where: Room 002, University House 1, 2489 Sinclair Rd., Victoria, BC

Dr. Robbie Hember will discuss the topic of drought-related tree mortality across western North America. The talk will explore new insights into the impacts of drought on forest ecosystems, and the importance of drought as a determinant of future forest productivity. Robbie will also include an early look at the severity of the 2015 drought, its significance in the context of previous North American events, and what it may mean for British Columbia’s forest sector.

Robbie is a research scientist with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions’ Forest Carbon Management project, focusing on the impacts of environmental change on forest productivity in British Columbia. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and is stationed at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria BC. There he works closely with Natural Resources Canada’s Carbon Accounting Team. Robbie is a graduate of Trent University and the University of British Columbia, where he studied physical geography and plant biology and went on to study areas of climatology and the carbon cycle of forest ecosystems.

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