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Urban Tree Selection in a Changing Climate

Urban and community forests are likely to be among the first ecosystems impacted by climate change since projected temperature increases will be exacerbated by urban heat island effects. Based on current climate projections urban trees will experience dramatically warmer temperatures during their lifespans than the climates under which they evolved. Identifying appropriate tree genotypes for future climates is fraught with uncertainty and the potential for unintended consequences.

Dr. Bert Cregg is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for landscape, nursery, and Christmas tree production at Michigan State University. His expertise includes stress physiology, plant nutrition, and plant response to environmental stresses.

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