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Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles

spruce beetleWarming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia, ravaging tens of thousands of square miles of woodlands. Scientists warn that some forest ecosystems may never recover. Research assistant professor of geography, Jesse Morris, and other scientists are trying to determine the potential impacts, such as more intense wildfires, disrupted watersheds, destroyed habitats, and reduced carbon storage, as climate change spurs increasingly widespread and severe beetle outbreaks. Click to read more.

Last Updated: 9/26/17