UM Ecologist: Future Forests May Soak Up More CO2, Buffering Climate Change


The results of a 12-year study at an experimental forest in northeastern Wisconsin challenge several long-held assumptions about how future forests will respond to the rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide blamed for human-caused climate change, said University of Michigan microbial ecologist Donald Zak, lead author of a paper published online this week in Ecology Letters.

… “The interesting take home point with this is that aspects of biological diversity — like genetic diversity and plant species compositions — are important components of an ecosystem’s response to climate change,” he said. “Biodiversity matters, in this regard.”