A Caribbean Forest Tapestry: The Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response

Hardcover | June 21, 2012

EditorNicholas Brokaw, Todd Crowl, Ariel Lugo

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Global change threatens ecosystems worldwide, and tropical systems with their high diversity and rapid development are of special concern. We can mitigate the impacts of change if we understand how tropical ecosystems respond to disturbance. For tropical forests and streams in Puerto Ricothis book describes the impacts of, and recovery from, hurricanes, landslides, floods, droughts, and human disturbances in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. These ecosystems recover quickly after natural disturbances, having been shaped over thousands of years by such events. Human disturbance, however, has longer-lasting impacts. Chapters are by authors with many years of experience in Puerto Rico and other tropical areas and cover the history of research in these mountains, a framework for understanding disturbance and response, the environmental setting, thedisturbance regime, response to disturbance, biotic mechanisms of response, management implications, and future directions. The text provides a strong perspective on tropical ecosystem dynamics over multiple scales of time and space.

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Global change threatens ecosystems worldwide, and tropical systems with their high diversity and rapid development are of special concern. We can mitigate the impacts of change if we understand how tropical ecosystems respond to disturbance. For tropical forests and streams in Puerto Ricothis book describes the impacts of, and recove...

Nicholas Brokaw is with the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio.Todd Crowl is with the Department of Aquatic and Earth Sciences at Utah State University. Ariel Lugo is with the International Institute of Tropical Forestry at the USDA Forest Service.William McDowell is with the Department of Na...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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DedicationPreface1. Ariel E. Lugo, Robert B. Waide, Michael R. Willig, Todd Crowl, Frederick N. Scatena, Jill Thompson, Whendee Silver, William H. McDowell, and Nicholas Brokaw: Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics: Old Questions and Continuing Challenges2. Bob Waide, Mike Willig: Conceptual Overview: Disturbance, Gradients, and Ecological Response3. W.H. McDowell, F.N. Scatena, R.B. Waide, N. Brokaw, G.R. Camilo, A.P. Covich, T.A. Crowl, G. Gonz lez, E.A. Greathouse, P. Klawinski, D.J. Lodge, A.E. Lugo,, C.M. Pringle, B.A. Richardson, M.J. Richardson, D.A. Schaefer, W.L. Silver, J. Thompson, D. Vogt, K. Vogt, R.B. Waide, M. Willig, L.Woolbright, X. Zou, J. Zimmerman: Geographic and Ecological Setting4. F. N. Scatena, F. Blanco, K. Beard, R. Waide, A. E. Lugo, N. Brokaw, W. Silver, B. Haines, J. Zimmerman: Disturbance Regime5. N. Brokaw, J. Zimmerman, M. Willig, G. Camilo, A. Covich, T. Crowl, N. Fetcher, B. Haines, M. Gannon, J. Lodge, A. Lugo, R. Myster, C. Pringle, J. Sharpe, F. Scatena, T. Schowalter, W. Silver, J. Thompson, D. Vogt, K. Vogt, R. Waide, L. Walker, L. Woolbright, J. Wunderle, X. Zou: Response toDisturbance6. Todd A. Crowl, Nicholas Brokaw, Robert B. Waide, Grizelle Gonz lez, Karen Beard, Effie Greathouse, Ariel E. Lugo, Alan P. Covich, D. Jean Lodge, Catherine Pringle, Jill Thompson, and Gary E. Belovsky: When and Where Biota Matter: Linking Disturbance Regimes, Species Characteristics and Dynamicsof Communities and Ecosystems7. Ariel E. Lugo, Frederick N. Scatena, Robert B. Waide, Effie A. Greathouse, Catherine M. Pringle, Michael Willig, Kristiina A. Vogt, Lawrence Walker, Grizelle Gonz lez, William H. McDowell, and Jill Thompson: Management Implications and Applications of Long-Term Ecological Research8. Michael R. Willig, Christopher P. Bloch, Alan P. Covich, Charles A. S. Hall, D. Jean Lodge, Ariel E. Lugo, Whendee L. Silver, Robert B. Waide, Lawrence R. Walker, and Jess K. Zimmerman: Long-term Research in the Luquillo Mountains: Synthesis and Foundations for the Future