Forest regeneration and future stand trajectories following mountain pine beetle-caused lodgepole pine mortality
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A mountain pine beetle (MPB) (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak that began in the late 1990s has killed lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) on up to 10 million hectares in western North America. Over one million hectares have been affected in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The large footprint of this disturbance has prompted widespread concern about the composition, structure, and function of forests as they develop following MPB. In this dissertation, I ask how variation in species composition and mortality level will affect the future forest in the Southern Rockies. I ...