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Presented by Jannat Fareen

In NE North America, winter storms are actually changing more than summer storms as a result of climate change. However, most climate change studies focus on summer storms, and we know very little about the consequences of changing winter storms. We do know that these storms are causing a greater accumulation of fine woody debris (FWD) on forest floors. The NJ Pine Barrens is characterized by low levels of FWD and high levels of endemism. We are interested in the consequences of increased heterogeneity on the forest floors of NJ Pine Barrens ecosystems that result from increased levels of FWD. The first step toward addressing our research question is to develop an accurate and feasible method for assessing levels of FWD in these forests.

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