Abstract: 

We seek to link our conceptual understanding of tabonuco forest derived from long-term experiments and measurements with knowledge of changes in disturbance patterns and driving variables along an elevation gradient in the Luquillo Mountains.  By comparing emergent ecosystem properties along this gradient, we focus on general properties that underlie the dynamics of ecosystems. In these long term plots we monitor key biota in spatially explicit manner at coarse time scales while more sensitive climatic and ecosystem/biogeochemical variables are monitored frequently (intradaily to monthly) in a more spatially coarse manner.  Contact Information:

Funding Source: 

National Science Foundation