Cherry Blossom festival in Tokyo, photo by Hiroyoshi Higuchi
We have worked with colleagues from Japan and South Korea to analyze the effects of climate change on the phenology of plants and animals. These projects involve combining historical records with spatial modeling to gain insight into how climate impacts the phenology of a variety of species. One focus of ours has been cherry tree blossoms due to their cultural and historical significance. We have explored the effects of climate change on:
We have also been able to investigate the effects of climate change on phenology across trophic levels in species throughout Japan and South Korea.