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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

(p.3) 1 Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics
A Caribbean Forest Tapestry

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

Oxford University Press

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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