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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Nancy Hoalst Pullen

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Having accurate and up-to-date urban and peri-urban forest inventory data are crucial to understanding and/or predicting the impacts of environmental change. Threats to forest health, including pest infestations, fungal diseases, insects, and invasive species, can be detected, managed and even prevented with consistent inventory and analysis of forests. This is particularly true for urban and peri-urban forests, where human-created disturbances (or lack thereof) influence the composition and structure of the trees. For this study, an inventory of trees within an established forest inventory research plot (50mX50m) at the KSU Field Station was taken from August-October 2021. For each stem, the species, diameter at breast height (DBH) and location were recorded, in addition to any notable abnormalities (e.g., dead wood, cankers, root problems etc.). The most notable finding while working in the established plots was the occurrence of Castanea dentata (American chestnut), a species considered functionally extinct. The analysis of the surveyed trees (stem frequency, basal area, and diversity) help answers questions about the composition and structure of peri-urban deciduous forest fragments in the southeastern US.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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Finding Structure & Composition of Southeastern Peri-Urban Forests

Having accurate and up-to-date urban and peri-urban forest inventory data are crucial to understanding and/or predicting the impacts of environmental change. Threats to forest health, including pest infestations, fungal diseases, insects, and invasive species, can be detected, managed and even prevented with consistent inventory and analysis of forests. This is particularly true for urban and peri-urban forests, where human-created disturbances (or lack thereof) influence the composition and structure of the trees. For this study, an inventory of trees within an established forest inventory research plot (50mX50m) at the KSU Field Station was taken from August-October 2021. For each stem, the species, diameter at breast height (DBH) and location were recorded, in addition to any notable abnormalities (e.g., dead wood, cankers, root problems etc.). The most notable finding while working in the established plots was the occurrence of Castanea dentata (American chestnut), a species considered functionally extinct. The analysis of the surveyed trees (stem frequency, basal area, and diversity) help answers questions about the composition and structure of peri-urban deciduous forest fragments in the southeastern US.

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