Widely used climate theory doesn't 'ring' true, according to new tree data

June 3, 2024

New data on over 1,500 trees across nearly 1,000 sites shows that an existing theory of how individuals within a species will respond to a changing climate might not be true.

Split mage of a ponderosa pine trunk (below) with a pine branch (above)

A new publication co-first-authored by VIP team leader Margaret Evans, her former postdoctoral researcher Kelly Heilman, and undergraduate student Sharmila Dey, contradicts the assumptions underlying climate envelope forecasting, which uses the set of climate conditions or "envelope" under which a species can live to predict how it will respond to climate change.

Read more on the National Science Foundation website here.

Investigate Dr. Evans' VIP Team here:  Tree Rings, Forests, and the Climate Crisis