When Biology professors Jason Fridley and Doug Frank learned of plans to install a miniature drumlin landscape outside the Life Sciences Complex, they saw it as an opportunity to test the impact of a changing climate on tree growth. In consultation with Prof. Don Leopold of SUNY-ESF, they identified 34 tree and shrub species that could serve as indicators of the way vegetation copes with rising temperatures and increasingly severe weather.
Chuck Bucci and Carmen Luppino of Campus Design, Planning and Construction, and landscape architect Kent Rieder of Hargreaves Associates collaborated with the faculty members to design groupings of the plants to facilitate the research while also serving as an attractive campus landscape. Read More… (Also see this article and video in the Syracuse Post-Standard, June 5, 2014)
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