Alpine phenology advances with heating-driven snowmelt

Photo by Ken Etzel

Congratulations to lab alum, Meredith Jabis, on publication of her dissertation research in Ecology! She found that whole alpine community flowering advanced with experimental heating that melted the snow earlier in summer. This was in spite of cooler soil temperatures earlier in the season, indicating that alpine plants are well adapted to flower under cool temperatures, and that snow disappearance is really driving the start of the flowering season, not temperature. At the same time, the length of the flowering season was not extended with warming for most species.