Spatial and temporal controls on pinyon and juniper seedling establishment in the Uncompahgre Plateau, western Colorado
Moderate and extreme climate events have the potential to cause sudden shifts with long-lasting relictual effects in ecological communities. In this study I investigated the direct and indirect effects of climate on Colorado pinyon (Pinus edulis) and Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) on the Uncompahgre Plateau in western Colorado. I determined age structure of pinyon seedlings and tested for the effects of current year and antecedent year climate on seedling establishment. Finally, I described microhabitat preferences (substrate microhabitat and overstory canopy) for pinyon and juniper seedlings ...
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