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Title: A research agenda for microclimate ecology in human-modified tropical forests
Authors: Jucker, Tommaso
Jackson, Tobias D.
Zellweger, Florian
Swinfield, Tom
Gregory, Nichar
Williamson, Joseph
Slade, Eleanor M.
Phillips, Josie W.
Bittencourt, Paulo R. L.
Blonder, Benjamin
Boyle, Michael J. W.
Ellwood, M. D. Farnon
Hemprich-Bennett, David
Lewis, Owen T.
Matula, Radim
Senior, Rebecca A.
Shenkin, Alexander
Svátek, Martin
Coomes, David A.
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences::Ecology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Jucker, T., Jackson, T. D., Zellweger, F., Swinfield, T., Gregory, N., Williamson, J., ... Coomes, D. A. (2020). A research agenda for microclimate ecology in human-modified tropical forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(92). doi:10.3389/ffgc.2019.00092
Journal: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
Abstract: Logging and habitat fragmentation impact tropical forest ecosystems in numerous ways, perhaps the most striking of which is by altering the temperature, humidity, and light environment of the forest—its microclimate. Because local-scale microclimatic conditions directly influence the physiology, demography and behavior of most species, many of the impacts of land-use intensification on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of tropical forests have been attributed to changes in microclimate. However, the actual pathways through which altered microclimatic conditions reshape the ecology of these human-modified ecosystems remain largely unexplored. To bridge this knowledge gap, here we outline an agenda for future microclimate research in human-modified tropical ecosystems. We focus specifically on three main themes: the role of microclimate in shaping (i) species distributions, (ii) species interactions, and (iii) ecosystem functioning in tropical forests. In doing so we aim to highlight how a renewed focus on microclimate can help us not only better understand the ecology of human-modified tropical ecosystems, but also guide efforts to manage and protect them.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/145986
ISSN: 2624-893X
DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00092
Rights: © 2020 Jucker, Jackson, Zellweger, Swinfield, Gregory, Williamson, Slade, Phillips, Bittencourt, Blonder, Boyle, Ellwood, Hemprich-Bennett, Lewis, Matula, Senior, Shenkin, Svátek and Coomes. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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