Area of Study
Science and Mathematics
Previous work on the Olympic peninsula in Washington State has shown that recently fallen trees provide a germination location for seeds that cannot do so on the forest floor due to thick moss mats. My field work over two summers dating and surveying nurse logs yielded a crossover at ~70 years where ground mosses start to dominate over tree mosses and seedling abundance begins to decrease.
Grealish, Sean, "Using dendrochronology to create a timescale of succession on nurse logs in the Olympic temperate rainforest" (2020). Summer Research. 369.
University of Puget Sound