Simon Malcomber DEB Division Of Environmental Biology
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
April 30, 2013
August 31, 2016 (Estimated)
Awarded Amount to Date:
Stuart Davies firstname.lastname@example.org (Principal Investigator)
Office of Sponsored Projects
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Program Reference Code(s):
1664, 7968, 9169, EGCH
Program Element Code(s):
This project will establish an international research coordination network that combines two existing forest networks in the United States with a set of forest plots in China, to advance understanding of how tree biodiversity determines the functional aspects of forests, and to test hypotheses concerning the resilience of forests to global change. Together these networks maintain 24 large-scale forest plots in tropical and temperate forests in Asia and the Americas, providing data on the demography, functional traits, phylogenetic relatedness and environmental preferences of thousands of tree species. Through a series of symposia, analytical workshops and international scientific exchanges, these data will be used to ask: what functional traits underlie species distributions across environmental gradients; how functional traits and phylogenetic relatedness of communities link to forest function; how functional traits and environmental tolerances vary among individuals within species; and how gene flow contributes to genetic diversity at local and regional scales. By combining long-term temperate and tropical forest studies across entire tree communities, this project will parameterize models that incorporate functional and genetic variation among species, to test predictions about current and future changes in forests. An ultimate goal is to develop detailed models of forest composition and its genetic and functional basis, to be simulated over a range of climatic predictions. This integration across multiple dimensions of biodiversity will enhance understanding of how forests are structured, a critical step towards predicting how forests will respond to global change.
This project will implement a series of capacity building and training initiatives to expand science and enhance collaboration between the United States and China. The strengthening of the network of forest research plots in Asia and the Americas will provide information crucial to determining the role of forests in a changing global environment. This project will engage numerous graduate students and early-career scientists in interdisciplinary training on taxonomic, functional and genetic dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem processes. An exchange program will enable students and early-career researchers from the United States to spend 3 months in collaborating institutions in China. Chinese scientists will have similar opportunities in the United States through parallel funding provided by NSF-China. In addition, the scientific workshops will result in the development of new analytical tools and data compilations that will be made openly available through the web.
PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH
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Martin, A.R., D.L. Erickson, W.J. Kress and S.C. Thomas. "Wood nitrogen concentrations in tropical trees: phylogenetic patterns and ecological correlates," New Phytologist, 2014.
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Lu, Zhijun, Dachuan Bao, Yili Guo, Junmeng Lu, Qinggang Wang, Dong He, Kuihan zhang?Yaonian Xu, Haibo Liu, Hongjie Meng?Handong Huang?Xinzeng Wei, Jianxiong Liao, Xiujuan Qiao, Mingxi Jiang, Zhirong Gu and Chunlin Liao. "2013 Community Composition and Structure of Badagongshan (BDGS) Forest Dynamic Plot in a Mid-subtropical Mountain Evergreen and Deciduous Broad-leaved Mixed Forest, Central China.," Plant Science Journal, v.31, 2013, p. 336.
Chen, Y. "A Multiscale Variation Partitioning Procedure for Assessing the Influence of Dispersal Limitation on Species Rarity and Distribution Aggregation in the 50-Ha Tree Plots of Barro Colorado Island, Panama.," Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography, v.3, 2013.
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Erickson, D. L., F. A. Jones, N. G. Swenson, N. Pei, N. Bourg, W. Chen, S. J. Davies, X. Ge, Z. Hao, R. W. Howe, C-L Huang, A. Larson, S. Lum, J.A. Lutz, K. Ma, M. Meegaskumbura, X., Mi, J. D. Parker, I. Fang-Sun, J. Wright, A. T. Wolf, W. Ye, D. Xing, J.. "Comparative evolutionary diversity and phylogenetic structure across multiple forest dynamics plots: a mega-phylogeny approach. Frontiers in Genetics," Frontiers in Genetics, 2014.
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Anderson-Teixeira, KJ; Davies, SJ; Bennett, AC; Gonzalez-Akre, EB; Muller-Landau, HC; Wright, SJ; Abu Salim, K; Almeyda Zambrano, AM; Alonso,A; Baltzer, JL; Basset, Y; Bourg, NA; Broadbent, EN ; Brockelman, WY; Bunyavejchewin, S; Burslem, DFRP; Butt, N; C. "CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change," Global Change Biology, 2014.
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Wang, Q., Bao, D., Guo, Y., Lu, J., Lu, Z., Xu, Y., Zhang, K., Liu, H., Meng, H., Jiang, M., Qiao, X., and Huang, H. "Species Associations in a Species-Rich Subtropical Forest Were Not Well-Explained by Stochastic Geometry of Biodiversity," PLOS ONE, 2014.
Réjou-Méchain, M., H. C. Muller-Landau, M. Detto, S. C. Thomas, T. Le Toan, S. S. Saatchi, J. S. Barreto-Silva, N. A. Bourg, S. Bunyavejchewin, N. Butt, W. Y. Brockelman, M. Cao, D. Cárdenas, J.-M. Chiang, G. B. Chuyong, K. Clay, R. Condit, H. S. Dattaaja. "Local spatial structure of forest biomass and its consequences for remote sensing of carbon stocks," Biogeosciences, v.11, 2014, p. 6827-6840.
Zhang, Zhaochen, Zhanqing Hao, Ji Ye, Fei Lin, Zuoqiang Yuan, Dingliang Xing, Shuai Shi and Xugao Wang. "Short-term death dynamics of trees in natural secondary poplar-birch forest in Changbai Mountains of Northeast China," Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 2013.
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Lai, J., Coomes, D. A., Du, X., Hsieh, C., Sun, I., Xugao, W., Mi, X., Ren, H., Wang, X., Hao, Z., and Ma, K. "A general combined model to describe tree-diameter distributions within subtropical and temperate forest communities," Plant Ecology, 2014.
Zhu, Yan, Liza S. Comita, Stephen P. Hubbell, Keping Ma. "Conspecific and phylogenetic density dependent survival differs across life stages in a tropical forest," Journal of Ecology, v.103, 2015, p. 957.
Lin, F., L. S. Comita, X. Wang, X. Bai, Z. Yuan, D. Xing, and Z. Hao. "The contribution of understory light availability and biotic neighborhood to seedling survival in secondary versus old-growth temperate forest," Plant Ecology, v.215, 2014, p. 795-807.
Chu, C.-J., Bartlett, M., Wang, Y.S., He, F., Weiner, J., Chave, J. and Sack, L.. "Does climate directly influence NPP globally?," Global Change Biology, 2015.
Punchi-Manage, Ruwan, Thorsten Wiegand, Kerstin Wiegand, Stephan Getzin, C. V. Savitri Gunatilleke, and I. A. U. Nimal Gunatilleke. "Effect of spatial processes and topography on structuring species assemblages in a Sri Lankan dipterocarp forest," Ecology, v.95, 2014, p. 376?386.
Yuan, Z., Antonio Gazol, Fei Lin, Ji Ye, Shuai Shi, Xugao Wang, Miao Wang and Zhanqing Hao. "Soil Organic Carbon in an old-growth temperate forest: spatial pattern, determinants and bias in its quantification," Geoderma, v.195, 2013, p. 48- 55.
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Oliveira, A. A., Vicentini, A., Chave, J., de T. Castanho, C., Davies, S. J., Martini, A. M. Z., Lima, R. A. F., Ribeiro, R. R., Iribar, A., and Souza, V. C. "Habitat specialization and phylogenetic structure of tree species in a coastal Brazilian white-sand forest," Journal of Plant Ecology, 2014.
Lutz, J. A., K. A. Schwindt, T. J. Furniss, J. A. Freund, M. E. Swanson, K. I. Hogan, G. E. Kenagy, and A. J. Larson. "Community composition and allometry of Leucothoe davisiae, Cornus sericea, and Chrysolepis sempervirens," Canadian Journal of Forest Research, v.44, 2014, p. 677.