Susan G. Laurance
James Cook University
EcologyRainforestAmazon rainforestAgroforestryBiology
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#2Oliver L. Phillips (University of Leeds)H-Index: 77
Last. Olaf Bánki (Naturalis)H-Index: 10
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Competition among trees is an important driver of community structure and dynamics in tropical forests. Neighboring trees may impact an individual tree's growth rate and probability of mortality, but large-scale geographic and environmental variation in these competitive effects has yet to be evaluated across the tropical forest biome. We quantified effects of competition on tree-level basal area growth and mortality for trees >/= 10 cm diameter across 151 ~1-ha plots in mature tropical forests ...
#1Claire Gely (Griffith University)H-Index: 1
#2Susan G. Laurance (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 49
Last. Nigel E. Stork (Griffith University)H-Index: 45
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Increased frequency and severity of drought, as a result of climate change, is expected to drive critical changes in plant-insect interactions that may elevate rates of tree mortality. The mechanisms that link water stress in plants to insect performance are not well understood. Here, we build on previous reviews and develop a framework that incorporates the severity and longevity of drought and captures the plant physiological adjustments that follow moderate and severe drought. Using this fram...
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#1Angélica Guerra (UFMS: Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul)H-Index: 1
#2Letícia Koutchin Reis (UFMS: Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul)H-Index: 1
Last. Letícia Couto Garcia (UFMS: Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul)H-Index: 10
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Abstract The Bonn challenge aims at the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded ladscapes by 2030. In Brazil, the restoration goal for 2030 is 12 million hectares. Despite the great demand for ecological restoration across the whole of Brazil, there have been no analyses of the studies carried out in different biomes. In addition, conservation efforts must cover all biomes, so that different regions can take advantage of the many benefits of restoration. Our aim was to identify advances ...
#1Fernanda Coelho de Souza (University of Leeds)H-Index: 5
#2Kyle G. Dexter (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 22
Last. Timothy R. Baker (University of Leeds)H-Index: 58
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Higher levels of taxonomic and evolutionary diversity are expected to maximize ecosystem function, yet their relative importance in driving variation in ecosystem function at large scales in diverse forests is unknown. Using 90 inventory plots across intact, lowland, terra firme, Amazonian forests and a new phylogeny including 526 angiosperm genera, we investigated the association between taxonomic and evolutionary metrics of diversity and two key measures of ecosystem function: aboveground wood...
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#1Deborah M. G. Apgaua (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 6
#2David Y. P. Tng (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 9
Last. Susan G. Laurance (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 49
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Climate change scenarios predict increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations ([CO2]), temperatures and droughts in tropical regions. Individually, the effects of these climate factors on plants are well established, whereas experiments on the interactive effects of a combination of factors are rare. Moreover, how these environmental factors will affect tree species along a wet to dry gradient (e.g., along tropical forest–savanna transitions) remains to be investigated. We hypothesized that under t...
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#1Hans ter Steege (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 28
#2Terry W. Henkel (HSU: Humboldt State University)H-Index: 24
Last. Karina Melgaço (University of Leeds)H-Index: 1
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Tropical forests are known for their high diversity. Yet, forest patches do occur in the tropics where a single tree species is dominant. Such “monodominant” forests are known from all of the main tropical regions. For Amazonia, we sampled the occurrence of monodominance in a massive, basin-wide database of forest-inventory plots from the Amazon Tree Diversity Network (ATDN). Utilizing a simple defining metric of at least half of the trees ≥ 10 cm diameter belonging to one species, we found only...
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#1Danilo Roberti Alves de Almeida (USP: University of São Paulo)H-Index: 6
#2Scott C. Stark (MSU: Michigan State University)H-Index: 11
Last. Pedro H. S. Brancalion (USP: University of São Paulo)H-Index: 25
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#1Casey J. Cox (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 1
#2Will Edwards (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 20
Last. Susan G. Laurance (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 49
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Lianas (woody climbers) are structural parasites of trees that compete with them for light and below ground resources. Most studies of liana–tree interactions are based on ground-level observations of liana stem density and size, with these assessments generally assumed to reflect the amount of liana canopy cover and overall burden to the tree. We tested this assumption in a 1-ha plot of lowland rainforest in tropical Australia. We recorded 1072 liana stems (≥1 cm diameter at breast height {dbh}...
#1Eda Addicott (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 2
#2Susan G. Laurance (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 49
#1Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert (University of Leeds)H-Index: 3
#2Timothy R. Baker (University of Leeds)H-Index: 58
Last. Oliver L. Phillips (University of Leeds)H-Index: 77
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Most of the planet's diversity is concentrated in the tropics, which includes many regions undergoing rapid climate change. Yet, while climate‐induced biodiversity changes are widely documented elsewhere, few studies have addressed this issue for lowland tropical ecosystems. Here we investigate whether the floristic and functional composition of intact lowland Amazonian forests have been changing by evaluating records from 106 long‐term inventory plots spanning 30 years. We analyse three traits ...
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