- Lovett, Gary
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Beech bark disease is a serious disease affecting American beech throughout the Northeast. In some areas, the slow decline of beech due to this disease has led to shifts in tree species dominance in favor of competing tree species, but in other areas, beech reproduces well and small beech stems dominate. NSRC researchers studied the Catskill Mountains of New York and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to assess changes in forest composition and the consequences for soil carbon and nitrogen cycling.