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A Caribbean Forest TapestryThe Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response$
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Nicholas Brokaw, Todd Crowl, Ariel Lugo, William McDowell, Frederick Scatena, Robert Waide, and Michael Willig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.001.0001

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Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains

Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains

Synthesis and Foundations for the Future

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(p.361) 8 Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains
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A Caribbean Forest Tapestry
Author(s):

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

Jess K. Zimmerman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.003.0008

This chapter examines the causal relationship between disturbance, succession, and ecological changes by considering the biotic feedback mechanisms. It also provides an outline of rippling effects of natural phenomena, agricultural clearings, river flooding, and human-induced disturbances to the Luquillo Mountains and other tropical ecosystems in the world. In this regard, this chapter describes the intellectual and societal motivations that have influenced people to further the forecast of the ecological changes over time.

Keywords:   disturbance, succession, ecological change, biotic feedback mechanisms, intellectual motivations, societal motivations

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