Climate Change and Forest Herbs of Temperate Deciduous Forests

Jesse Bellemare, Smith College
David A. Moeller, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Peer reviewed accepted manuscript.


This chapter reviews what is known about the long-term, large-scale range dynamics of forest herbs in response to past climate change. It presents a new biogeographic analysis investigating how contemporary distribution and diversity patterns among a subset of rare forest herbs may relate to these past climate dynamics. It also discusses how forest herb species may be affected by contemporary climate change and considers options for species conservation.