The tree line on Pikes Peak has increasingly become incapable of growing past a certain point because of abnormal cold temperatures. Colorado College Environmental Science Associate Professor, Miro Kummel, has set out with the help of Colorado College students and the support of Lyydon grants and Student Faculty Collaboration grants to investigate the changing tree line on Pikes Peak.
“The team is trying to further understand the microclimatic conditions that are put into motion by the migrating tree line. As the trees warm up the surrounding area, more trees can grow, creating a positive feedback loop,” reports Ellie Nesbit ’14 for the Colorado College news site.
To learn more about Miro’s unique research project and the work that has been accomplished by the team, read the story here.