Thursday, January 8, 2009

Recent literature (Journal of Tropical Ecology)

  • Kunz, Britta Kerstin, and Karl Eduard Linsenmair. 2008. The role of the olive baboon (Papio anubis, Cercopithecidae) as seed disperser in a savanna-forest mosaic of West Africa. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(3):235-246 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408005014
  • Groen, Thomas A., Frank van Langevelde, Claudius A.D.M. van de Vijver, Navashni Govender and Herbert H.T. Prins. 2008. Soil clay content and fire frequency affect clustering in trees in South African savannas. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(3):269-279 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408004872
  • Shannon, Graeme, Dave J. Druce, Bruce R. Page, Holger C. Eckhardt, Rina Grant and Rob Slotow. 2008. The utilization of large savanna trees by elephant in southern Kruger National Park. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(3):281-289 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408004951
  • Zelikova, Tamara J., and Michael D. Breed. 2008. Effects of habitat disturbance on ant community composition and seed dispersal by ants in a tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(3):309-316
  • Chidumayo, Emmanuel Ngulube. 2008. Growth of Bauhinia thonningii trees and saplings over a decade in a savanna in Zambia: interactions of climate, fire and source of regeneration. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(4):407-415 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408005099
  • van Ingen, Laura T., Ricardo I. Campos and Alan N. Andersen. 2008. Ant community structure along an extended rain forest–savanna gradient in tropical Australia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(4):445-455 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408005166
  • Pavón, Numa P., and Irving de Luna Ramírez. 2008. Sex ratio, size distribution and nitrogen resorption in the dioecious tree species Bursera morelensis (Burseraceae). Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(4):463-466 DOI:10.1017/S026646740800518X
  • Garrido-Pérez, Edgardo I., Juan Manuel Dupuy, Rafael Durán-García, Mario Ucan-May, Stefan A. Schnitzer and Gerhard Gerold. 2008. Effects of lianas and Hurricane Wilma on tree damage in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24(5):559-562 DOI:10.1017/S0266467408005221

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Recent literature

Recent papers related to tropical dry forests and savannas in the journal Biotropica:

Tabarelli, Marcelo, Ariadna V. Lopes, and Carlos A. Peres. 2008. Edge-effects Drive Tropical Forest Fragments Towards an Early-Successional System. Biotropica 40(6):657-661 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00454.x

Lebrija-Trejos, Edwin, Frans Bongers, Eduardo A. Pérez-García and Jorge A. Meave. 2008. Successional Change and Resilience of a Very Dry Tropical Deciduous Forest Following Shifting Agriculture. Biotropica 40(4):422-431 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00398.x

Poorter, Lourens and Lars Markesteijn. 2008. Seedling Traits Determine Drought Tolerance of Tropical Tree Species. Biotropica 40(3):321-331 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00380.x

Forrest Jessica L., Eric W. Sanderson, Robert Wallace, Teddy Marcelo Siles Lazzo, Luis Humberto Gómez Cerveró and Peter Coppolillo. 2008. Patterns of Land Cover Change in and Around Madidi National Park, Bolivia. Biotropica 40(3):285-294 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00382.x

Delsinne, Thibaut, Maurice Leponce, Laurence Theunis, Yves Braet, and Yves Roisin. 2008. Rainfall Influences Ant Sampling in Dry Forests. Biotropica 40(5):590-596 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00414.x

Kaminski, Lucas A. 2008. Polyphagy and Obligate Myrmecophily in the Butterfly Hallonympha paucipuncta (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae) in the Neotropical Cerrado Savanna. Biotropica 40(3):390-394 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00379.x

Santos, Evanira M. R., Elizabeth Franklinand William E. Magnusson. 2008. Cost-efficiency of Subsampling Protocols to Evaluate Oribatid-Mite Communities in an Amazonian Savanna. Biotropica 40(6):728-735 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00425.x

Vieira, Letícia, Júlio N. C. Louzada and Sacha Spector. 2008. Effects of Degradation and Replacement of Southern Brazilian Coastal Sandy Vegetation on the Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Biotropica 40(6):719-727 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2008.00432.x

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Recent literature

More recent literature on tropical dry forests and savannas

Martinia, Adriana M.Z., Renato A.F. Lima, Geraldo A.D.C. Franco and Ricardo R. Rodrigues. 2008. The need for full inventories of tree modes of disturbance to improve forest dynamics comprehension: An example from a semideciduous forest in Brazil. Forest Ecology and Management 255(5-6):1479-1488 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.11.004

Ribeiroa, Natasha S., Herman H. Shugart and Robert Washington-Allen. 2008. The effects of fire and elephants on species composition and structure of the Niassa Reserve, northern Mozambique. Forest Ecology and Management 255(5-6):1626-1636 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.11.033

Rista, Lucy, R. Uma Shaanker, E.J. Milner-Gullanda and Jaboury Ghazoul. 2008. Managing mistletoes: The value of local practices for a non-timber forest resource. Forest Ecology and Management 255(5-6):1684-1691 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.11.030

Nouvellona, Yann, Daniel Epron, Antoine Kinana, Olivier Hamel, André Mabiala, Rémi D’Annunzio, Philippe Deleporte, Laurent Saint-André, Claire Marsden, Olivier Roupsard, Jean-Pierre Bouillet and Jean-Paul Laclau. 2008. Soil CO2 effluxes, soil carbon balance, and early tree growth following savannah afforestation in Congo: Comparison of two site preparation treatments. Forest Ecology and Management 255(5-6):1926-1936 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.12.026

Monday, March 31, 2008


ReForLan (Restoration of Forest Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Development in the Drylands of Latin America) is a new project focusing on
the restoration of dryland forest landscapes for biodiversity conservation and rural development in Latin America.
The project has received three years of funding (2007-2010) and are working in seven sites around Latin America:
  1. Chiapas, Mexico
  2. Central Veracuz, Mexico
  3. Oaxaca, Mexico
  4. Central Valley, Central Chile
  5. Coastal range, Central Chile
  6. Northwestern Argentina
  7. Southwestern Argentina.
There's a write-up about the project in the March 2008 issue of Ecological Restoration.

Other definitions

Last year, Jeremy Bruno posted a description of dry forest at The Voltage Gate. (He has since moved to ScienceBlogs.) It's a pretty good overview - covers the main points, though I'm a tad uncertain about the assertion that erosion (post-deforestation) is higher than in rainforests.

So what is tropical dry forest?

So what is tropical dry forest? In trying to compile a list of recent dry forest-related literature that question comes to the fore. It's a very familiar question - I spent a lot of time wondering about that early in my grad school career when I thought that I should get a handle on all the literature related to tropical dry forest. (What can I say, I was ambitious naive.) Part of the problem comes from relying on Holdridge's definition - if you define dry forest in relation to precipitation and potential evapotranspiration (which basically boils down to precipitation and temperature), you end up including riparian forests and some forests dependent on ground water - forests that which resemble wetter forests in terms of physiognomy and species composition. When it boils down to it, regardless of rainfall, they don't function as dry forests. In addition, there's the issue of savannas - many savannas fall within the dry forest life zone, but if you look at them as "former" or "potential dry forest" you ignore the fact that they have been grassland for thousands and years. (Other grasslands though, are recent human creations.) Then there are areas that function as dry forest, but get too much rainfall.

In selecting literature I am trying to use broad criteria. I'm including deciduous and semi-deciduous forest even if they seem to be a bit on the wet side. I'm also including savannas. In a case like this, it's probably more useful to use a broad definition.

Recent literature

In my continuing attempt to catch up on recent literature on tropical dry forests and savannas

Oswalt, Sonja N., Thomas J. Brandeis, Christopher W. Woodall. 2008. Contribution of Dead Wood to Biomass and Carbon Stocks in the Caribbean: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Biotropica 40(1):20–27 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00343.x

Bellairs, Sean M., Donald C. Franklin, Nicholas J. Hogarth. 2008. A Tropical, Gregariously Semelparous Bamboo Shows No Seed Dormancy. Biotropica 40(1) :28–31 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00336.x

Keuroghlian, Alexine, Donald P. Eaton. 2008. Fruit Availability and Peccary Frugivory in an Isolated Atlantic Forest Fragment: Effects on Peccary Ranging Behavior and Habitat Use. Biotropica 40(1) :62–70 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00351.x

Maffei, Leonardo, Andrew J. Noss. 2008. How Small is too Small? Camera Trap Survey Areas and Density Estimates for Ocelots in the Bolivian Chaco . Biotropica 40(1) :71–75 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00341.x

Martins, Eduardo Guimarães, Márcio Silva Araújo, Vinícius Bonato, Sérgio Furtado dos Reis. 2008. Sex and Season Affect Individual-Level Diet Variation in the Neotropical Marsupial Gracilinanus microtarsus (Didelphidae). Biotropica 40(1) :132–135 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00319.x

Casandra Reyes-García, Howard Griffiths, Emmanuel Rincón, Pilar Huante. 2008. Niche Differentiation in Tank and Atmospheric Epiphytic Bromeliads of a Seasonally Dry Forest
Biotropica 40(2) :168–175 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00359.x

Philip D. Round, George A. Gale (2008) Changes in the Status of Lophura Pheasants in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand: A Response to Warming Climate?
Biotropica 40(2) :225–230 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00363.x

Reuber A. Brandão, Alexandre F. B. Araújo (2008) Changes in Anuran Species Richness and Abundance Resulting from Hydroelectric Dam Flooding in Central Brazil
Biotropica 40(2) :263–266 doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00356.x