Special Issue "Tropical Forests Ecology and Climate Change"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2012)
Prof. Dr. Lee A. Dyer
Biology Department, University of Nevada Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557, USA
Interests: diversity; chemical ecology; tropical ecology; entomology; interactions
Models of global climate change consistently predict that temperature increases in the tropics over the next century will be relatively moderate, but extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, will become more frequent. These extreme weather events will affect diversity and other community parameters of tropical forests. For example, floods can trigger outbreaks in tropical forests via disrupting natural enemy control of herbivores and altering host plant abundance and quality. In addition to climate change, concomitant increases in fragmentation and habitat loss along with increases in invasive species have drastic consequences for tropical communities and are likely to synergize with the negative effects of extreme weather events. We seek papers that address questions about the community-level consequences of climate change on tropical forests as well as the more general and interactive effects of other global change parameters. Empirical studies from natural and managed tropical ecosystems should include at least one of the following: careful models, a strong experimental approach, thorough observational data, results from mensurative experiments, or elucidation of multiple mechanisms by which global change changes tropical forest diversity or related community parameters. Thorough review papers, including meta-analyses are also encouraged.
Prof. Dr. Lee A. Dyer
- extreme weather events
- tropical forests
- global change
Diversity 2013, 5(3), 479-504; doi:10.3390/d5030479
Received: 3 May 2013; in revised form: 8 June 2013 / Accepted: 13 June 2013 / Published: 5 July 2013| Download PDF Full-text (630 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Article: A Preliminary Assessment of Ethiopian Sacred Grove Status at the Landscape and Ecosystem Scales.
Diversity 2013, 5(2), 320-334; doi:10.3390/d5020320
Received: 23 February 2013; in revised form: 22 March 2013 / Accepted: 11 April 2013 / Published: 19 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (940 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Diversity 2013, 5(1), 124-138; doi:10.3390/d5010124
Received: 21 November 2012; in revised form: 26 February 2013 / Accepted: 14 March 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (913 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Diversity 2013, 5(1), 114-123; doi:10.3390/d5010114
Received: 23 January 2013; in revised form: 6 February 2013 / Accepted: 20 February 2013 / Published: 7 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (527 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text
Diversity 2013, 5(1), 1-14; doi:10.3390/d5010001
Received: 13 November 2012; in revised form: 29 November 2012 / Accepted: 14 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (686 KB) | View HTML Full-text | Download XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
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