Topographic and biotic regulation of aboveground carbon storage in subtropical broad-leaved forests of Taiwan
Global importance of large‐diameter trees
Because large-diameter trees constitute roughly half of the mature forest biomass worldwide, their dynamics and sensitivities to environmental change represent potentially large controls on global forest carbon cycling.
Functional composition drives ecosystem function through multiple mechanisms in a broadleaved subtropical forest
The results suggest that multiple mechanisms operate simultaneously to influence EF, and understanding their relative importance will help to elucidate the role of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystem function.
Temporal variability of forest communities: empirical estimates of population change in 4000 tree species.
Analysis of changes in abundance of over 4000 tree species in 12 forests across the world over periods of 6-28 years shows that abundance fluctuations were smaller at species-rich sites, consistent with the idea that stable environmental conditions promote higher diversity.
Temporal coexistence mechanisms contribute to the latitudinal gradient in forest diversity
The results demonstrate that the strength of the storage effect, and therefore its impact on diversity within communities, varies latitudinally in association with climate, and emphasizes the need to understand the mechanisms underpinning ecological processes in greater detail than has previously been appreciated.
Stochastic dilution effects weaken deterministic effects of niche-based processes in species rich forests.
Stochasticity may play a stronger role in shaping the spatial structure of species rich tropical forest communities than it does in species poorer forests, and these findings represent an important step towards understanding the factors that govern the spatial configuration of local biotic communities.
Long-term spatial dynamics of Acer saccharum during a population explosion in an old-growth remnant forest in Illinois
Local spatial structure of forest biomass and its consequences for remote sensing of carbon stocks
Advances in forest carbon mapping have the potential to greatly reduce uncertainties in the global carbon budget and to facilitate effective emissions mitigation strategies such as REDD+ (Reducing…
Patterns of nitrogen‐fixing tree abundance in forests across Asia and America
Symbiotic nitrogen (N)‐fixing trees can provide large quantities of new N to ecosystems, but only if they are sufficiently abundant. The overall abundance and latitudinal abundance distributions of…
Biotic vs abiotic drivers of seedling persistence in a tropical karst forest
Analyzing seedling persistence in karst forest expands the general understanding of forest dynamics and species coexistence in tropical forests as a whole, especially at sites with high spatial heterogeneity.