Ecological legacy of the mountain pine beetle in the southern Rockies: forest change and disturbance interactions, The
Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae; MPB) outbreaks are naturally occurring ecological disturbances in western North America, but the last two decades have seen eruptions of unprecedented severity and extent. These outbreaks have created novel conditions in lodgepole pine forests that have historically had disturbance regimes dominated by large, stand-replacing fires. Previous research has found that MPB outbreaks increase relative abundance of non-host species. I use the lodgepole pine forest on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park to examine mechanisms in this predicted ...
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