Magnolias on the Move

Investigating the potential upslope migration of Magnolia fraseri in response to climate change


19 September 2023




A poster presented by John Berryhill et al. at the 2023 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

Anthropogenic climate change is one of the top threats to biodiversity in the 21st century. In the past, mountainous landscapes with high topo-climatic variability have served as critical refugia for biodiversity, especially for small-ranged endemics; however, the limits of this buffering capacity will be tested as the pace and magnitude of modern climate change exceeds past fluctuations. Our research investigated population structure and tree growth rates of Magnolia fraseri, an endemic native to the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, along an elevational gradient spanning the species’ distribution at the core of its native range in Virginia.

Poster: Magnolias on the Move