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The Impact of Beech Bark Disease on Sunlight, Temperature, and Organic Matter of Forest Soils

The goal of this study is to determine if beech bark disease can indirectly result in a negative or positive influence on forest soils, using HOBO data loggers and evaluating soils for organic material. I explore whether a diminished canopy cover, due to beech bark disease, introduces more sunlight exposure and potentially leads to variations in temperature and organic material in soils surrounding healthy and infected American beech trees.

Megan McPhail '22
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