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A new view of the constant struggle going on in the Maine woods between trees, diseases and weather has emerged from several years of painstaking research by a team of University of Maine students and faculty. Working in the Big Reed forest preserve in northern Piscataquis County, one of the largest remaining stands of old growth forest in New England, researchers have described patterns of life and death over the past 200 years with an unprecedented level of sophistication and detail.

The project was led by Unna Chokkalingam, a Ph.D. student and a native of India. Chokkalingam received her undergraduate education at the University of Madras in India and her Masters degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. At UMaine, Chokkalingam received guidance from Alan White, advisor on the project and an associate professor in the Dept. of Forest Ecosystem Science, as well as faculty in biological sciences and spatial information science and engineering.

The research was funded by the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station.


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