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

ISBN : 9780195334692

Nicholas Brokaw; Todd Crowl; Ariel E. Lugo; William McDowell; Frederick Scatena; Robert B. Waide; Michael R. Willig
496 Pages
163 x 240 mm
Pub date
Jun 2012
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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 Rico this 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, the disturbance 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.


Chapter 1 - Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics: Old Questions and Continuing Challenges
Ariel E. Lugo, Robert B. Waide, Michael R. Willig, Todd Crowl, Frederick N. Scatena, Jill Thompson, Whendee Silver, William H. McDowell, and Nicholas Brokaw
Chapter 2 - Conceptual Overview: Disturbance, Gradients, and Ecological Response
Bob Waide, Mike Willig
Chapter 3 - Geographic and Ecological Setting
W.H. McDowell, F.N. Scatena, R.B. Waide, N. Brokaw, G.R. Camilo, A.P. Covich, T.A. Crowl, G. Gonzalez, 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
Chapter 4 - Disturbance Regime
F. N. Scatena, F. Blanco, K. Beard, R. Waide, A. E. Lugo, N. Brokaw, W. Silver, B. Haines, J. Zimmerman
Chapter 5 - Response to Disturbance
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
Chapter 6 - When and Where Biota Matter: Linking Disturbance Regimes, Species Characteristics and Dynamics of Communities and Ecosystems
Todd A. Crowl, Nicholas Brokaw, Robert B. Waide, Grizelle Gonzalez, Karen Beard, Effie Greathouse, Ariel E. Lugo, Alan P. Covich, D. Jean Lodge, Catherine Pringle, Jill Thompson, and Gary E. Belovsky
Chapter 7 - Management Implications and Applications of Long-Term Ecological Research
Ariel E. Lugo, Frederick N. Scatena, Robert B. Waide, Effie A. Greathouse, Catherine M. Pringle, Michael Willig, Kristiina A. Vogt, Lawrence Walker, Grizelle Gonzalez, William H. McDowell, and Jill Thompson
Chapter 8 - Long-term Research in the Luquillo Mountains: Synthesis and Foundations for the Future
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

About the author: 

NB: Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Rio TRC: Department of Aquatic and Earth Sciences, Utah State University AEL: International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service WHM: Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire FNS: Department Earth & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania RBW: LTER Network Office, University of New Mexico MRW: Center for Environmental Science, University of Connecticut

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