B21L:
Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests: Current Progress and Future Promise in the Study of a Unique, Overlooked, and Major Biome I


Session ID#: 7886

Session Description:
Seasonally dry tropical forests (SDTF) once accounted for over 40% of all tropical forests, and differ from tropical rainforests in their biogeochemistry, hydrology, and ecology due to the presence of long dry seasons with little rainfall. Historically, STDF have not received as much scientific attention as rainforests.  However, because of their large areal extent, high potential for carbon sequestration, and increasing vulnerability to climate and land-use change, a growing number of studies have been directed toward quantifying the intersection between SDTF processes and the physical environment. In this session we highlight recent progress in our understanding of STDFs through both empirical research and modeling. We welcome contributions on all topics related to SDTF ecology, especially including: physiological mechanisms for coping with seasonal and long-term drought, biogeochemical cycling, phenology, plant functional types, belowground processes, and interactions between vegetation and the climate, as well as feedback from management strategies.
Primary Convener:  Jennifer S Powers, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Conveners:  David Medvigy, University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN, United States, Xue Feng, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States and Gerardo A Sanchez-Azofeifa, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Chairs:  David Medvigy, University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN, United States and Xue Feng, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Jennifer S Powers, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Jennifer A. Holm, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States, Herman Henry Shugart, University of Virginia Main Campus, Charlottesville, VA, United States and Skip J. Van Bloem, Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC, United States
Carlos Alonso Portillo, Guofeng Cao and Vaughn Smith, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, United States
Deborah Lawrence1, Paolo D'Odorico2, Christiane Runyan2, Lucy Diekmann2,3, Marcia S DeLonge2,4, Rishiraj Das2, James Eaton2, Karen Vandecar1 and Birgit Schmook5, (1)University of Virginia, Environmental Sciences, Charlottesville, VA, United States, (2)University of Virginia Main Campus, Charlottesville, VA, United States, (3)Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, United States, (4)Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, (5)ECOSUR El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, Mexico
Xiangtao Xu1, David Medvigy2, Jennifer S Powers3, Justin Becknell3 and Kaiyu Guan4, (1)Princeton University, Geosciences, Princeton, NJ, United States, (2)University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN, United States, (3)University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (4)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States
Erin Kurten, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin, Royal Thai Forest Department, Silvicultural Research Division, Forest Research Office, Bangkok, Thailand and Stuart J Davies, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Washington DC, United States
Marc T Mayes, Nature Conservancy NatureNet Fellow, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton, NJ, United States, Jerry M Melillo, MBL, The Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, MA, United States, John F Mustard, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States, Christopher Neill, Marine Biological Laboratory, Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, MA, United States and Gerson Nyadzi, Millennium Villages Project-Mbola, Tabora, Tanzania
Skip J. Van Bloem1, Stefanie L Whitmire1 and Jarrod Thaxton2, (1)Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC, United States, (2)University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR, United States
Ariel E. Lugo, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Rio Piedras, PR, United States and Sandra Molina, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Puerto Rico, Biology, Ponce, PR, United States

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