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Characteristics of alpine plants and soils along an elevational gradient, Northern Selkirk Mountains, British ColumbiaDownload
Rates of climate change are accelerated at higher elevations, a pattern termed elevation-dependent warming (EDW). Consequently, the impacts of climate change on community patterning and soil development may be particularly evident in alpine environments. Alpine ecotone boundaries, such as...
A Functional Approach Reveals Zooplankton Responses to Environmental Change in Mountain LakesDownload
Concern is increasing over the future cumulative impacts of multiple stressors on freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem function, especially in alpine environments where climatic warming increases with elevation. Here, consideration of individual species traits enables translation of changes in...
Soil development limits alpine plant establishment in recently-deglaciated terrain - Manuscript dataset
Soil development limits alpine plant establishment in recently-deglaciated terrain - Manuscript datasetDownload
Brachmann, Cole G., Hik, David S., Hernandez Ramirez, Guillermo
Data files used for analyses in manuscript titled "Soil development limits alpine plant establishment in recently-deglaciated terrain". The original data was collected in 2016/2017 and analyzed to be included in MSc. thesis titled "Characteristics of alpine plants and soils along an elevational...
Benthic Responses to Nitrogen and Phosphorus Deposition on Alpine Ponds in Banff National Park: A Replicated Whole-Ecosystem ExperimentDownload
Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorous (P) deposition at high elevations has increased by 40% over the last fifteen years, causing concern for the 3000+ alpine ponds in Banff National Park. A novel whole-ecosystem experiment was used to test for the effects of elevated N and P deposition on benthic...
Population, individual and behavioural approaches to understanding the implications of habitat change for arctic ground squirrelsDownload
The ecological niche describes the entire set of resources and environmental conditions suitable for species to occur and persist. In northern ecosystems, rapid climate change appears to be altering these conditions and increasing the likelihood of shifts in distribution and abundance of species,...
Shrub encroachment in arctic and alpine tundra: Patterns of expansion and ecosystem impacts.Download
With a warming climate, northern ecosystems will face significant ecological changes such as permafrost thaw, increased frequency of forest fires, and shifting ecosystem boundaries including the spread of canopy-forming shrubs into tundra communities. A growing number of observations show...
The roles of temperature and host plant interactions in larval development and population ecology of Parnassius smintheus Doubleday, the Rocky Mountain Apollo butterflyDownload
Alpine environments are harsh and unpredictable. Exogenous factors such as weather might therefore be expected to dominate processes affecting population dynamics of alpine organisms, relative to endogenous factors including plant-animal interactions. The alpine butterfly Parnassius smintheus...
The impact of recreational activities on an alpine vascular plant community in the Canadian RockiesDownload
Alpine tundra is notorious for its fragility and slow recovery following disturbance. Tourism is increasing in alpine areas, creating the need to improve our understanding of the impacts of recreation in these ecosystems. This study examined the impacts of hiking and off-highway vehicle use on...
Hik, D.S., Zazula, G., Gillis, E.A., Morrison, S.F.
Male arctic ground squirrels (Spermophilus parryii) rely on food they cached the previous year for the energy they need to compete for mates each spring. We collected cheek-pouch contents of arctic ground squirrels trapped during three summers (2000–02) as an indication of what squirrels cached....
Abstract: Sporocarps of fungi belonging to ectomycorrhizal genera were collected between 1993 and 1997 at two sites at the upper elevational limit of the subalpine forest in montane Alberta. Host plants include Abies lasiocarpa, Picea engelmannii, Larix lyallii, Betula glandulosum, and Dryas and...