Ecological Paradigms for the Tropics Old Questions and Continuing Challenges

TitleEcological Paradigms for the Tropics Old Questions and Continuing Challenges
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLugo, AE, Waide, RB, Willig, MR, Crowl, AT, Scantena, FN, Thompson, J, Silver, WL, McDowell, WH, N. V. L. Brokaw
EditorN. V. L. Brokaw, Crowl, AT, Lugo, AE, McDowell, WH, Scantena, FN, Waide, RB, Willig, MR
Book TitleA Caribbean forest tapestry: the multidimensional nature of disturbance and response
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York
Accession NumberLUQ.1071
Keywordsanthropogenic disturbance, hurricanes, land cover, Luquillo experimental forest, natural disturbance, Puerto Rico

Key Points - The ecosystems of the Luquillo Mountains are representative of large areas of the frost-free tropical world, particularly those with high rainfall, periodic hurricane disturbances, a maritime climate, and insularity. - The natural history of the Luquillo Mountains spans over 30 million years, whereas human presence has been an influence over the past 2,200 years. - Indigenous peoples, Spanish conquistadors, and a steady stream of 20th and 21st century scientists have observed, studied, and experimented with the ecosystems of the Luquillo Mountains, and in the process they have left a legacy of ideas and heuristic models concerning ecosystem organization and function. The Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program is rooted in this legacy. - Important contributions to tropical science made by the Luquillo LTER program are a systematic investigation of disturbance and the identification of a number of mechanisms that contribute to the resistance and resilience of forested ecosystems. - The LTER program has also contributed to a basic understanding of the ecology and biogeochemistry of the Luquillo Mountains and to an under- standing of the long-term consequences of human activity on populations, communities, and ecosystem function. - This book focuses on the response of the ecosystems of the Luquillo Moun- tains to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, with a particular focus on hurricanes and land cover change.  Also access article in: