How will climate change influence tree diseases? Urban forests often bear the brunt of invasive species invasion and construction injury, now climate change presents another confounding threat. An overview of various Western U.S. tree species’ response to drought, warmer temperatures and other environmental factors will be presented. Survey data of tree mortality from the current drought will be examined along with theories as to why some trees survive and others die.
Susan J. Frankel is a forest pathologist and leads Sudden Oak Death Research, at the USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) in Albany, CA. She is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Forest Research and author or editor of numerous publications on climate change and forest diseases, sudden oak death and other urban and wildland tree disease problems. Before joining PSW, Frankel worked for 15 years for the Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Forest Health Protection in Vallejo.