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Long-term change within a Neotropical forest: assessing differential functional and floristic responses to disturbance and drought

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Enquist BJ; Enquist CAF

2011

Global Change Biology

17

1408-1424

Disentangling the relative roles of biotic and abiotic forces influencing forest structure function and local community composition continues to be an important goal in ecology. Here utilizing two forest surveys 20-year apart from a Central American dry tropical forest we assess the relative role of past disturbance and local climatic change in the form of increased drought in driving forest dynamics. We observe: (i) a net decrease in the number of trees; (ii) a decrease in total forest biomass by 7.7 Mg ha

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.