Current climate models predict a protracted increase in global temperature and CO2 concentrations. The aim of my research is to examine the effects of predicted climate trends on boreal conifers (black spruce and tamarack). Specifically, I am investigating how processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration will respond as the climate continues to change. These two processes govern carbon balance in a plant, and together dictate a plant’s ability to survive and thrive. Furthermore, global atmospheric CO2 levels are largely dictated by the absorption and emission of CO2 by plants through photosynthesis and respiration, respectively. I am also completing a collaborative degree with the Center for Environment and Sustainability, with a special interest in climate policy, both domestic and international.
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