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Biodiversity loss and conservation in fragmented forest landscapes: the forests of montane Mexico and temperate South America.

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This book is the result of an international collaborative research effort focusing on the tropical montane forests of Mexico and the temperate rain forests of southern South America. The over-all aim of the research was to investigate the impact of human activity on the key processes influencing biodiversity in fragmented forest landscapes, and to use the research results to develop practical tool...


Chapter 9 (Page no: 200)

Applying succession models to the conservation of tropical montane forest.

Forest succession models have been widely used to simulate long-term vegetation dynamics and to provide insights into successional processes. However, they have rarely been used to address questions relating specifically to forest conservation. In this chapter we briefly discuss the history and application of models of forest succession. We then demonstrate how a forest succession model can be developed from quite simple principles and equations, and applied to modelling of complex forest dynamics. The application of an individual tree-based gap model is illustrated with reference to the specific case of montane forests in Chiapas, Mexico. Results from this modelling exercise suggested that the recovery rate of tropical montane forest following disturbance is likely to be very low, even when a source of colonists is assumed to exist nearby. Given their relatively low rates of colonization and growth, results suggest that it may take several hundred years to re-establish a canopy dominated by shade-tolerant tree species. The model also provides insights into the factors influencing the relative dominance of pine and oak in montane forests of Chiapas, an issue of conservation concern. Model simulations indicated that the relative abundance of pine and oak within forest stands can be understood as a function of the anthropogenic disturbance regime, enabling theories of recent pine colonization to be refined. Results highlight the sensitivity of tropical montane forest to anthropogenic disturbance, and highlight the urgent need to conserve those remaining forest fragments that are relatively undisturbed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Newton, A. C.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 14) Spatial and temporal patterns of forest loss and fragmentation in Mexico and Chile. Author(s): Echeverría, C. Cayuela, L. Manson, R. H. Coomes, D. A. Lara, A. Rey-Benayas, J. M. Newton, A. C.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 43) Plant diversity in highly fragmented forest landscapes in Mexico and Chile: implications for conservation. Author(s): Rey-Benayas, J. M. Cayuela, L. González-Espinosa, M. Echeverría, C. Manson, R. H. Williams-Linera, G. Castillo, R. F. del Ramírez-Marcial, N. Muñiz-Castro, M. A. Blanco-Macías, A. Lara, A. Newton, A. C.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 69) Fragmentation and edge effects on plant-animal interactions, ecological processes and biodiversity. Author(s): López-Barrera, F. Armesto, J. J. Williams-Linera, G. Smith-Ramírez, C. Manson, R. H.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 102) Habitat fragmentation and reproductive ecology of Embothrium coccineum, Eucryphia cordifolia and Aextoxicon punctatum in southern temperate rainforests. Author(s): Smith-Ramírez, C. Rovere, A. E. Núñez-Ávila, M. C. Armesto, J. J.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 120) Patterns of genetic variation in tree species and their implications for conservation. Author(s): Premoli, A. C. Castillo, R. F. del Newton, A. C. Bekessy, S. Caldiz, M. Martínez-Araneda, C. Mathiasen, P. Núñez-Ávila, M. C. Quiroga, P. Souto, C. Trujillo-Argueta, S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 158) Secondary succession under a slash-and-burn regime in a tropical montane cloud forest: soil and vegetation characteristics. Author(s): Castillo, R. F. del Blanco-Macías, A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 181) The impact of logging and secondary succession on the below-ground system of a cloud forest in Mexico. Author(s): Negrete-Yankelevich, S. Fragoso, C. Newton, A. C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 223) Models of regional and local stand composition and dynamics of pine-oak forests in the Central Highlands of Chiapas (Mexico): theoretical and management implications. Author(s): Zavala, M. A. Galindo-Jaimes, L. González-Espinosa, M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 244) Process-based modelling of regeneration dynamics and sustainable use in species-rich rainforests. Author(s): Rüger, N. Armesto, J. J. Gutiérrez, A. G. Williams-Linera, G. Huth, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 276) Testing forest biodiversity indicators by assessing anthropogenic impacts along disturbance gradients. Author(s): Newton, A. C. Echeverría, C. González-Espinosa, M. Williams-Linera, G. Ramírez-Marcial, N. Thiers, O. Armesto, J. J. Aravena, J. C. Lara, A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 291) Fire challenges to conserving tropical ecosystems: the case study of Chiapas. Author(s): Román-Cuesta, R. M. Retana, J. Gracia, M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 314) Identification of priority areas for conservation in south-central Chile. Author(s): Wilson, K. A. Newton, A. C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 335) Restoration of forest ecosystems in fragmented landscapes of temperate and montane tropical Latin America. Author(s): González-Espinosa, M. Ramírez-Marcial, N. Newton, A. C. Rey-Benayas, J. M. Camacho-Cruz, A. Armesto, J. J. Lara, A. Premoli, A. C. Williams-Linera, G. Altamirano, A. Alvarez-Aquino, C. Cortés, M. Echeverría, C. Galindo-Jaimes, L. Muñiz-Castro, M. A. Núñez-Ávila, M. C. Pedraza, R. A. Rovere, A. E. Smith-Ramírez, C. Thiers, O. Zamorano, C.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 370) Future scenarios for tropical montane and south temperate forest biodiversity in Latin America. Author(s): Miles, L. Newton, A. C. Alvarez-Aquino, C. Armesto, J. J. Castillo, R. F. del Cayuela, L. Echeverría, C. González-Espinosa, M. Lara, A. López-Barrera, F. Manson, R. H. Montoya-Gómez, G. Muñiz-Castro, M. A. Núñez-Ávila, M. C. Pedraza, R. A. Rey-Benayas, J. M. Rovere, A. E. Rüger, N. Smith-Ramírez, C. Souto, C. Williams-Linera, G.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Departamento de Ecología y Sistemática Terrestres, Área de Conservación de la Biodiversidad, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Apartado Postal 63, 29200 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2007
  • ISBN
  • 9781845932619
  • Record Number
  • 20083096937