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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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When and Where Biota Matter

When and Where Biota Matter

Linking Disturbance Regimes, Species Characteristics, and Dynamics of Communities and Ecosystems

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A Caribbean Forest Tapestry

Todd A. Crowl

Nicholas Brokaw

Robert B. Waide

Grizelle González

Karen H. Beard

Effie A. Greathouse

Ariel E. Lugo

Alan P. Covich

D. Jean Lodge

Catherine M. Pringle

Jill Thompson

Gary E. Belovsky

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the effects of the organismal diversity to the disturbance sequences that indirectly affects their milieu—the ecosystem. It explains the scientific investigations conducted by the ecologists on the distribution and abundance of organisms, particularly the cycle of nutrients in the food web. It also discusses the flora and fauna's body make-up and nutritional in-take. In this regard, this chapter provides a purview of the connection between biodiversity variations and ecological processes through the following environmental projects: Rain Forest Project and Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER).

Keywords:   organismal diversity, disturbance sequences, organism abundance, food distribution, food web, biodiversity variations, Rain Forest Project, Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research

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