Karen Rice is a Masters student in the Natural Resource Science and Management Program at the University of Minnesota. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Cloquet, MN, in 2011 to work with the B4WarmED project as an intern and then as an Assistant Scientist. In her free time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing and gardening.
For more information on the B4WarmED project or to contact Karen directly please visit: http://forestecology.cfans.umn.edu/Research/B4WARMED/
Phenology responses of herbaceous plants to warming varies greatly by species. For instance, Maianthemum canadense has a longer growing season under warming, but mostly due to earlier emergence. Warming does not affect the timing of senescence. However, Eurybia macrophylla has a longer growing season due to earlier emergence and delayed senescence under warming. The majority of species studied also show earlier flowering in response to warming, though some show no reponse.