|Title||Hurricane damage and recovery: an empirical and simulation study of vegetation dynamics in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Number of Pages||365|
|University||University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry|
|City||Syracuse, New York|
|Thesis Type||Ph.D. Dissertation|
Hurricanes and other catastrophic wind events impact forest over most of the globe. I examine spatial patterns of damage and the factors that influence these patterns, and the resulting dynamics of vegetation recovery in a subtropical wet forest following hurricane disturbance. I develop an approach to modeling disturbance dynamics in which any point in geographical space can be represented as a position in a multiple gradient space of abiotic factors; and the disturbance and recovery are quantified as movements within this gradient space.