Special Issue "Biodiversity and Forest Dynamics and Functions"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2012)
Prof. Dr. Takashi S. Kohyama (Website)
Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan
Interests: plant architecture; forest tree community organization; forest ecosystems
Forests with spatially large and long-lived architecture are dynamically maintained through physiological, and population processes of constituent trees and other life forms. Due to their huge structure and long residence time, forests are most difficult system to be experimentally manipulated to solve linkage between forest biodiversity and functioning. Meantime, for example, we know that there is physiognomic and functional convergence of forest ecosystems under similar climate across isolated regions with unique biota, which allows to define biome types. This biogeographic convergence suggests that different assembly of biological components promotes ecosystem-level adaptation to climatic environments. This special issue focuses on the linkage between functioning of forest ecosystems and underlying biodiversity within and across ecosystems, and aims to enhance the cross-scale view of basic and applied forest science.
Prof. Dr. Takashi S. Kohyama
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