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Neighborhood Complexity & Oak Success

Dan Heggenstaler, Eric Zenner, Pat Brose

Pennsylvania's forest are increasingly mixed in composition, but how do individual oaks respond to competition? This project examines height growth responses in established oak forests by sectioning entire trees and examining growth rings at different stages of stand development.

Publications:

Zenner, E.K., D.J. Heggenstaller, P.H. Brose, J.E. Peck, & K.C. Steiner.  2012.  Reconstructing the competitive dynamics of mixed oak neighborhoods.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42(9):1714-1723.

Heggenstaller, D.J., E.K. Zenner, P.H. Brose, & J.E. Peck.  2012.  Field Note:  How much older are Appalachian oaks below-ground than above-ground?  Northern J. of Applied Forestry 29(3):155-157.