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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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Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics

Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics

Old Questions and Continuing Challenges

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics
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A Caribbean Forest Tapestry
Author(s):

Ariel E. Lugo

Robert B. Waide

Michael R. Willig

Todd A. Crowl

Frederick N. Scatena

Jill Thompson

Whendee L. Silver

William H. McDowell

Nicholas Brokaw

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the ecological response mechanisms of the Luquillo Mountains to natural and human-induced disturbances, such as hurricanes and land cover change. It identifies the ecosystems of the Luquillo Mountains as a perfect representation of large masses of a non-frost tropical land because of its naturally occurring features: high rainfall, hurricane disturbances, maritime climate, and insularity. It then sets out the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program as a by-product of the 20th and 21st century experimentations, and discusses its contributions to the basic understanding of the ecological make-up and biogeochemistry of the Luquillo Mountains.

Keywords:   Luquillo Mountains, anthropogenic disturbances, maritime climate, insularity, non-frost tropical land, Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research program, biogeochemistry

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