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Special Issue "Tree Crown Dynamics and Morphology"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecophysiology and Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Dean

Quantitative Silviculture and Forest Ecology School of Renewable Natural Resources Louisiana State University 110 LSU Union Square 210 RNR Bldg Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
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Phone: 225-328-0930
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Interests: Quantitative silviculture; Production ecology; Biomechanics; Growth-growing stock relationships; Crown dynamics; Self-thinning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Crown morphology determines the internal arrangement of foliage within the bulk canopy, which affects carbon assimilation and ultimately forest production. Trees display a wide variety of crown morphologies, which create a wide range of effects on the structure and functioning of forests, especially in mixed and multi-aged stands. Basic crown structure is modified by light attenuation and by intercrown abrasions. Foliage is ephemeral, dying from old age and shade, replacing itself at the top and sides of the crown. Various growth models are based on the functional relationships between foliage and the stem and branches. Growth occurs because of the redistribution of foliage and the need to add sapwood to accommodate new foliage and cross-sectional area to accommodate new mechanical forces. Better understanding the functional relationships between crown morphology and crown dynamics will improve not only the basic knowledge of tree function and structure, but also the practical application of density management and growth–growing stock relations in pure and mixed stands and in single- and multi-aged stands. For this Special Issue, I invite papers that contribute to our understanding of canopy dynamics and the functional relationships between foliage and stem growth and canopy structure, both physiological and mechanical.

Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Dean
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • leaf area
  • growth
  • pipe model
  • biomechanics
  • stand density
  • composition
  • age structure

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