Spatial elements of mortality risk in old-growth forests.

  title={Spatial elements of mortality risk in old-growth forests.},
  author={Adrian J. Das and John J. Battles and Phillip J. van Mantgem and Nathan L. Stephenson},
  volume={89 6},
For many species of long-lived organisms, such as trees, survival appears to be the most critical vital rate affecting population persistence. However, methods commonly used to quantify tree death, such as relating tree mortality risk solely to diameter growth, almost certainly do not account for important spatial processes. Our goal in this study was to detect and, if present, to quantify the relevance of such processes. For this purpose, we examined purely spatial aspects of mortality for… CONTINUE READING
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