Kyoko’s interest is in how climate change affects boreal forests, particularly disturbance regimes such as wildfire and how it changes the vegetation, its vulnerability and resilience. Her research will be held in interior Alaska where temperatures are expected to increase in a larger magnitude and increasing fire intensity and frequency is projected.
Okano, K & Bret-Harte, MS (2015). Warming and neighbor removal affect white spruce seedling growth differently above and below treeline. SpringerPlus, 4, 79. http://doi.org/10.1186/s40064-015-0833-x