Special Issue "Successional Dynamics of Forest Structure and Function"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)
Dr. Christopher Gough
Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1000 W. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23284, USA
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Interests: plant physiological and ecosystem ecology, disturbance ecology, ecological succession, carbon and nitrogen cycling, biogeochemistry, urban forestry, tree-soil interactions, global change biology
Forest structure and function change considerably over the course of ecological succession, with wide-ranging implications for biogeochemical cycling, biomass quantity and distribution, primary and ecosystem production, plant community and physical structure, plant and animal competition, and habitat quality and quantity. A rich and extensive body of literature offers a strong, evolving foundation for understanding ecosystem structural and functional changes over decade to century timescales, but, until recently, new advances were limited by a paucity of long-term ecological data for empirically examining, and challenging or improving theoretical and simulation models of forest successional dynamics. Today, however, several long-running, broadly distributed research sites and networks, and remote sensing platforms have amassed a decade or more of ecosystem structure and function data, offering unprecedented opportunities to use long-term datasets to advance theoretical, empirical, and model-based understanding of forest successional dynamics. For this Forests Special Issue, we invite manuscript submissions that aim to improve knowledge of ecosystem structural and/or functional change, of any kind, in natural or managed forests. We are particularly interested in contributions using high quality long-term datasets or space-for-time substitution (i.e., chronosequence) approaches to enhance understanding of decadal, or longer, forest structure-function change.
Dr. Christopher Gough
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- Forest succession
- Ecosystem development
- Community and ecosystem structure
- Ecosystem function
- Primary production
- Long-term ecological processes
- Decade to century timescales