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

Nicholas Brokaw, Todd Crowl, Ariel Lugo, William McDowell, Frederick Scatena, Robert Waide, and Michael Willig


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, ... More

Keywords: global change, tropical ecosystems, tropical systems, Puerto Rico, natural disturbance, human disturbance, tropical ecosystem dynamics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195334692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Brokaw, editor
Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico-R¡o

Todd Crowl, editor
Department of Aquatic and Earth Sciences, Utah State University

Ariel Lugo, editor
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service

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1 Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics

Ariel E. Lugo, Robert B. Waide, Michael R. Willig, Todd A. Crowl, Frederick N. Scatena, Jill Thompson, Whendee L. Silver, William H. McDowell, and Nicholas Brokaw

2 Conceptual Overview

Robert B. Waide and Michael R. Willig

3 Geographic and Ecological Setting of the Luquillo Mountains

William H. McDowell, Frederick N. Scatena, Robert B. Waide, Nicholas Brokaw, Gerardo R. Camilo, Alan P. Covich, Todd A. Crowl, Grizelle González, Effie A. Greathouse, Paul Klawinski, D. Jean Lodge, Ariel E. Lugo, Catherine M. Pringle, Barbara A. Richardson, Michael J. Richardson, Douglas A. Schaefer, Whendee L. Silver, Jill Thompson, Daniel J. Vogt, Kristiina A. Vogt, Michael R. Willig, Lawrence L. Woolbright, Xiaoming Zou, and Jess K. Zimmerman

4 Disturbance Regime

Frederick N. Scatena, Juan Felipe Blanco, Karen H. Beard, Robert B. Waide, Ariel E. Lugo, Nicholas Brokaw, Whendee L. Silver, Bruce L. Haines, and Jess K. Zimmerman

5 Response to Disturbance

Nicholas Brokaw, Jess K. Zimmerman, Michael R. Willig, Gerardo R. Camilo, Alan P. Covich, Todd A. Crowl, Ned Fetcher, Bruce L. Haines, D. Jean Lodge, Ariel E. Lugo, Randall W. Myster, Catherine M. Pringle, Joanne M. Sharpe, Frederick N. Scatena, Timothy D. Schowalter, Whendee L. Silver, Jill Thompson, Daniel J. Vogt, Kristiina A. Vogt, Robert B. Waide, Lawrence R. Walker, Lawrence L. Woolbright, Joseph M. Wunderle, Jr., and Xiaoming Zou

6 When and Where Biota Matter

Todd A. Crowl, Nicholas Brokaw, Robert B. Waide, Grizelle González, Karen H. Beard, Effie A. Greathouse, Ariel E. Lugo, Alan P. Covich, D. Jean Lodge, Catherine M. Pringle, Jill Thompson, and Gary E. Belovsky

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 R. Willig, Kristiina A. Vogt, Lawrence R. Walker, Grizelle González, William H. McDowell, and Jill Thompson

8 Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains

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

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