Population Ecology of Chestnut Oak
Along the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, the upland forest becomes dominated by the majestic Chestnut oak (Quercus montana). This foundation species of the Cumberland Plateau may be one of the few species of oaks to benefit from the drier conditions predicted with climate change. Since 1997, we have conducted an annual census of a stand of chestnut oaks within a one hectare plot on the Domain. We have examined patterns of seed rain, seedling establishment, and sapling to adult survivorship spatially within the plot. These data have allowed us to parameterize a demographic model that projects future population trends.
Callie Oldfield, University of Georgia