Date of Award
Master of Science
Arleen Alice Hill
Predicting climate-driven tree species’ future redistribution is a key element to guide preemptive forest management to mitigate the adverse consequences of climate change. This study uses the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database to determine tree species’ potential. The dynamic variable calculated in the study is the standardized growth rate residual by basal area for a ten-year period (2003-2013). Residuals of growth rate are examined by latitude within each species’ range, indicating on-going habitat preference. This study examined six, US confined species that are climate sensitive. While this study hypothesized that high growth rate residuals would be present at northern range of climate-sensitive species compared to their southern range limits, indicating northward migration potential, two species (Black locust, Osage orange) showed northern migration potential, three tree species (Laurel oak, Water oak, Sweetbay) showed range contraction towards their southern boundaries, and one species (Willow oak) indicated southern migration.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Field, Michelle Marie, "Evaluating Tree Species' Migration Potential using Latitudinal Tree Growth Rate across the Eastern United States" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2010.