Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Articles

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Taking the pulse of Earth's tropical forests using networks of highly distributed plots

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Cecilia Blundo, Universidad Nacional de Tucum ́an
Julieta Carilla, Universidad Nacional de Tucum ́an
Ricardo Grau, Universidad Nacional de Tucum ́an
Agustina Malizia, Universidad Nacional de Tucum ́an
Lucio Malizia, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy
Oriana Osinaga-Acosta, Universidad Nacional de Tucum ́an
Michael Bird, James Cook University
Matt Bradford, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Damien Catchpole, University of Tasmania
Andrew Ford, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Andrew Graham, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
David Hilbert, Independent Researcher
Jeanette Kemp, Environmental Protection Agency
Susan Laurance, James Cook University
William Laurance, James Cook University
Francoise Yoko Ishida, James Cook University
Andrew Marshall, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of York, Flamingo Land Ltd
Catherine Waite, University of the Sunshine Coast
Hannsjoerg Woell, Sommersbergseestrasse
Jean-Francois Bastin, Ghent University
Marijn Bauters, Ghent University
Hans Beeckman, Royal Museum for Central Africa - Service of Wood Biology
Pfascal Boeckx, Ghent University
Jan Bogaert, Universit ́e de Liege
Charles De Canniere, Landscape Ecology and Vegetal Production Systems Unit
Thales de Haulleville, Ghent University
Jean-Louis Doucet, University of Liege
Olivier Hardy, Universit ́e Libre de Bruxelles
Wannes Hubau, Royal Museum for Central Africa
Elizabeth Kearsley, Ghent University
Hans Verbeeck, Ghent University
Jason Vleminckx, Service Evolution Biologique et Ecologie
Steven W. Brewer, Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education
Alfredo Alarcón, El Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal
Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno
Eric Arets, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Luzmila Arroyo, Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno
Ezequiel Chavez, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Todd Fredericksen, El Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal
René Guillén Villaroel, Consultor Independiente
Gloria Gutierrez Sibauty, Jardin Botanico Municipal de Santa Cruz
Timothy Killeen, Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado
Juan Carlos Licona, El Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal
John Lleigue, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Casimiro Mendoza, Forest Management in Bolivia
Samaria Murakami, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Alexander Parada Gutierrez, Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno
Guido Pardo, Universidad Aut ́onoma del Beni Riberalta
Marielos Peña-Claros, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Lourens Poorter, Programa Manejo de Bosques de la Amazonia Boliviana (PROMAB)
Marisol Toledo, Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff
Jeanneth Villalobos Cayo, Herbario del Sur de Bolivia
Laura Jessica Viscarra, Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado
Vincent Vos, Universidad Aut ́onoma del Beni
Jorge Ahumada, Conservation International
Everton Almeida, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Par ́a
Jarcilene Almeida, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Wesley Alves da Cruz, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Atila Alves de Oliveira, Projeto TEAM – Manaus
Fabrício Alvim Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Flávio Amorim Obermuller, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Ana Andrade, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazˆonia
Fernanda Antunes Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Simone Aparecida Vieira, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Ana Carla Aquino, Laborat ́orio de Ecologia de Comunidades e Funcionamento de Ecossistemas-ECoFERP
Luiz Aragão, National Institute for Space Research
Ana Claudia Araújo, Universidade Federal de Roraima
Marco Antonio Assis, São Paulo State University
Jose Ataliba Mantelli Aboin Gomes, Carbonozero Consultoria Ambiental
Fabrício Baccaro, Universidade Federal do Amazonas
Plínio Barbosa de Camargo, Universidade de S ̃ao Paulo
Paulo Barni, Universidade Estadual de Roraima- Campus Rorain ́opolis
Jorcely Barroso, Universidade Federal do Acre
Luis Carlos Bernacci, Instituto Agronˆomico de Campinas
Kauane Bordin, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Marcelo Brilhante de Medeiros, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)
Igor Broggio, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense
José Luís Camargo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Domingos Cardoso, Universidade Federal da Bahia
Maria Antonia Carniello, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Andre Luis Casarin Rochelle, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Carolina Castilho, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)
Antonio Alberto Jorge Farias Castro, Universidade Federal do Piauí
Wendeson Castro, Federal University of Acre
Sabina Cerruto Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Acre
Flávia Costa, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazˆonia
Rodrigo Costa de Oliveira, Universidade Estadual de Roraima- Campus Boa Vista
Italo Coutinho, Universidade Federal do Cear ́a
John Cunha, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande
Lola da Costa, Universidade Federal do Para
Lucia da Costa Ferreira, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Richarlly da Costa Silva, Ciˆencia e Tecnologia do Acre
Marta da Graça Zacarias Simbine, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Vitor de Andrade Kamimura, São Paulo State University
Haroldo Cavalcante de Lima, Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botˆanico do Rio de Janeiro
Lia de Oliveira Melo, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará
Luciano de Queiroz, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
José Romualdo de Sousa Lima, Universidade Federal do Agreste de Pernambuco
Mário do Espírito Santo, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros
Tomas Domingues, University of São Paulo
Nayane Cristina dos Santos Prestes, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Steffan Eduardo Silva Carneiro, Universidade Federal de Jataí
Fernando Elias, Universidade Federal do Pará
Gabriel Eliseu, Universidade Federal de Jataí
Thaise Emilio, Universidade de Campinas
Camila Laís Farrapo, Universidade Federal de Lavras
Letícia Fernandes, Universidade Federal do Acre
Gustavo Ferreira, Universidade Federal de Jataí
Joice Ferreira, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)
Leandro Ferreira, Museu Goeldi
Socorro Ferreira, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária- Campus Amazônia Oriental
Marcelo Fragomeni Simon, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
Maria Aparecida Freitas, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Queila S. García, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Angelo Gilberto Manzatto, Fundação Universidade Fedral de Rondônia
Paulo Graça, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Amazônicas
Frederico Guilherme, Universidade Federal de Jataí
Eduardo Hase, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Amazônicas
Niro Higuchi, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Mariana Iguatemy, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Reinaldo Imbrozio Barbosa, National Institute for Research in Amazonia
Margarita Jaramillo, Universidade Federal de Roraima
Carlos Joly, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Joice Klipel, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Iêda Leão do Amaral, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Carolina Levis, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Antonio S. Lima, Museu Goeldi
Maurício Lima Dan, Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural
Aline Lopes, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais
Herison Madeiros, Universidade de São Paulo
William E. Magnusson, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Rubens Manoel dos Santos, Universidade Federal de Lavras
Beatriz Marimon, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Roberta Marotti Martelletti Grillo, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Luiz Martinelli, Universidade de São Paulo
Simone Matias Reis, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Salomão Medeiros, Semiarid National Institute
Milton Meira-Junior, Universidade de Brasília
Thiago Metzker, Instituto Bem Ambiental
Paulo Morandi, Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
Natanael Moreira do Nascimento, Universidade Federal de Jataí
Magna Moura, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)
Sandra Cristina Müller, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Laszlo Nagy, University in Campinas
Henrique Nascimento, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Marcelo Nascimento, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro
Adriano Nogueira Lima, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Raimunda Oliveira de Araújo, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Jhonathan Oliveira Silva, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco
Marcelo Pansonato, University of São Paulo
Gabriel Pavan Sabino, São Paulo State University
Karla Maria Pedra de Abreu, Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo
Pablo José Francisco Pena Rodrigues, Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Maria Piedade, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Domingos Rodrigues, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
José Roberto Rodrigues Pinto, Universidade de Brasília
Carlos Quesada, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Eliana Ramos, Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica
Rafael Ramos, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Priscyla Rodrigues, Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco
Thaiane Rodrigues de Sousa, Amazon Forest Inventory Network-Biodiversity Research Program
Rafael Salomão, Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia
Flávia Santana, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Marcos Scaranello, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Rodrigo Scarton Bergamin, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Juliana Schietti, Universidade Federal do Amazonas
Jochen Schöngart, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Gustavo Schwartz, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Amazônia Oriental)
Natalino Silva, Serviço Florestal Brasileiro
Marcos Silveira, Universidade Federal do Acre
Cristiana Simão Seixas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Marta Simbine, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Ana Claudia Souza, São Paulo State University
Priscila Souza, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Rodolfo Souza, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
Tereza Sposito, Instituto Bem Ambiental
Edson Stefani Junior, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Julio Daniel do Vale, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi
Dora Villela, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro
Marcos Vital, Universidade Federal de Roraima
Haron Xaud, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa)
Katia Zanini, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Charles Eugene Zartman, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Amazônicas
Nur Khalish Hafizhah Ideris, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Faizah binti Hj Metali, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Kamariah Abu Salim, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Muhd Shahruney Saparudin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Rafizah Mat Serudin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Serge Begne, University of Yaounde I
George Chuyong, University of Buea
Marie Noel Djuikouo, University of Buea
Christelle Gonmadje, National Herbarium- Yaounde
Murielle Simo-Droissart, University of Yaounde I
Bonaventure Sonké, University of Yaounde I
Hermann Taedoumg, University of Yaounde 1, Bioversity International- Yaoundé
Lise Zemagho, University of Yaounde I
Sean Thomas, University of Toronto
Fidèle Baya, Ministère des Eaux, Forêts, Chasse et Pêche
Gustavo Saiz, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción
Javier Silva Espejo, Universidad de La Serena
Dexiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Alan Hamilton, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yide Li, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Tushou Luo, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Shukui Niu, Beijing Forestry University
Han Xu, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Zhang Zhou, Chinese Academy of Forestry
Esteban Álvarez-Dávila, Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia
Juan Carlos Andrés Escobar, Corporación COL-TREE
Henry Arellano-Peña, Nuevo Estándar Biotropical
Jaime Cabezas Duarte, Universidad del Tolima
Jhon Calderón, Universidad de Nariño
Lina Maria Corrales Bravo, Universidad del Tolima
Borish Cuadrado, Parques Nacionales Naturales- Territorial Caribe
Hermes Cuadros, Universidad del Atlantico
Alvaro Duque, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín
Luisa Fernanda Duque, Socioecosistemas y Clima Sostenible
Sandra Milena Espinosa, Corporación COL-TREE
Rebeca Franke-Ante, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia
Hernando García, Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Alejandro Gómez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Roy González-M., Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Álvaro Idárraga-Piedrahíta, Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe de Medellín
Eliana Jimenez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Amazonia
Rubén Jurado, Universidad de Nariño
Wilmar López Oviedo, Coltree
René López-Camacho, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
Omar Aurelio Melo Cruz, Universidad de Tolima
Irina Mendoza Polo, Socioecosistemas y Clima Sostenible
Edwin Paky, Nuevo Estándar Biotropical
Karen Pérez, Fundación Orinoquia Biodiversa
Angel Pijachi, Corporación COL-TREE
Camila Pizano, Universidad Icesi
Adriana Prieto, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Laura Ramos, Universidad de los Llanos
Zorayda Restrepo Correa, Fundación Con Vida, Corporación COL‐TREE
James Richardson, Universidad del Rosario
Elkin Rodríguez, Parques Nacionales Naturales- Territorial Caribe
Gina M. Rodriguez M., Fundacion Ecosistemas Secos de Colombia
Agustín Rudas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Pablo Stevenson, Universidad de Los Andes - Colombia
Markéta Chudomelová, Czech Academy of Sciences
Martin Dancak, Palacky University
Radim Hédl, Czech Academy of Sciences
Stanislav Lhota, Czech University of Life Sciences
Martin Svatek, Mendel University
Jacques Mukinzi, World Wide Fund for Nature - DR Congo
Corneille Ewango, Wildlife Conservation Society-DR Congo
Terese Hart, Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation
Emmanuel Kasongo Yakusu, Université de Kisangani
Janvier Lisingo, Université de Kisangani
Jean-Remy Makana, Wildlife Conservation Society-DR Congo
Faustin Mbayu, Université de Kisangani
Benjamin Toirambe, Ministre de l'Environnement et Développement durable
John Tshibamba Mukendi, Université de Kisangani
Lars Kvist, Aarhus University
Gustav Nebel, University of Copenhagen
Selene Báez, Escuela Politécnica Nacional del Ecuador
Carlos Céron, Universidad Central del Ecuador
Daniel M. Griffith, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Juan Ernesto Guevara Andino, Universidad de las Américas, The Field Museum - Chicago IL
David Neill, Universidad Estatal Amazónica
Walter Palacios, Universidad Tecnica del Norte
Maria Cristina Peñuela-Mora, Universidad Regional Amazónica Ikiam
Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, University of North Carolina, University of Florida
Gorky Villa, Finding Species - Ecuador
Sheleme Demissie, Mekelle University
Tadesse Gole, Independent Researcher
Techane Gonfa, Environment, Climate Change and Coffee Forest Forum
Kalle Ruokolainen, University of Turku
Michel Baisie, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
Fabrice Bénédet, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
Wemo Betian, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Vincent Bezard, Office National des Forêts
Damien Bonal, Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Jerôme Chave, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Vincent Droissart, Université de Montpellier
Sylvie Gourlet-Fleury, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
Annette Hladik, Museum national d’histoire naturelle
Nicolas Labrière, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Pétrus Naisso, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
Maxime Réjou-Méchain, Université de Montpellier
Plinio Sist, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
Lilian Blanc, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement - French Guiana
Benoit Burban, Institut national de la recherche agronomique - French Guiana
Géraldine Derroire, Unité Mixte de Recherches Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane
Aurélie Dourdain, Unité Mixte de Recherches Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane
Clement Stahl, Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement - French Guiana
Natacha Nssi Bengone, Ministry of Forests, Seas, Environment and Climate
Eric Chezeaux, Rougier-Gabon
Fidèle Evouna Ondo, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux Gabon
Vincent Medjibe, Commission of Central African Forests
Vianet Mihindou, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux
Lee White, Institut de Recherche en Ecologie Tropicale
Heike Culmsee, Georg August University of Göttingen
Cristabel Durán Rangel, University of Freiburg
Viviana Horna, University of Hohenheim
Florian Wittmann, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
Stephen Adu-Bredu, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Kofi Affum-Baffoe, Forestry Commission of Ghana
Ernest Foli, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Michael Balinga, Center for International Forestry Research
Anand Roopsind, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development
James Singh, Guyana Forestry Commission
Raquel Thomas, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development
Roderick Zagt, Utrecht University
Indu K. Murthy, Indian Institute of Science
Kuswata Kartawinata, Centre for International Forestry Research, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
Edi Mirmanto, Indonesian Institute of Science
Hari Priyadi, Centre for International Forestry Research
Ismayadi Samsoedin, Forest Research and Development Agency
Terry Sunderland, Center for International Forestry Research - Indonesia
Ishak Yassir, Balai Penelitian Teknologi Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam
Francesco Rovero, University of Florence and MUSE - Museo delle Scienze
Barbara Vinceti, Bioversity International
Bruno Hérault, Centre d’Investigations Médicales et Radiologie - Cote d’Ivoire
Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Hokkaido University
Kanehiro Kitayama, Kyoto University
Armandu Daniels, Forestry Development Authority of the Government of Liberia
Darlington Tuagben, Forestry Development Authority of the Government of Liberia
John T. Woods, University of Liberia
Muhammad Fitriadi, Sungai Wain Protection Forest
Alexander Karolus, South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership
Kho Lip Khoon, Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Noreen Majalap, Sabah Forestry Department
Colin Maycock, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Reuben Nilus, Sabah Forestry Department
Sylvester Tan, Sarawak Forestry Corporation
Almeida Sitoe, Eduardo Mondlane University
Indiana Coronado G., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua
Lucas Ojo, University of Abeokuta
Rafael de Assis, Natural History Museum of Norway
Axel Dalberg Poulsen, University of Oslo
Douglas Sheil, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Karen Arévalo Pezo, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Hans Buttgenbach Verde, Universidad Nacional de Jaén
Victor Chama Moscoso, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Jimmy Cesar Cordova Oroche, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Fernando Cornejo Valverde, Andes to Amazon Biodiversity Program
Massiel Corrales Medina, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa
Nallaret Davila Cardozo, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Jano de Rutte Corzo, Instituto de Estudios Forestales y Ambientales
Jhon del Aguila Pasquel, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana
Gerardo Flores Llampazo, Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre de Grohmann
Luis Freitas, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana
Darcy Galiano Cabrera, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Roosevelt García Villacorta, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Karina Garcia Cabrera, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Diego García Soria, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana
Leticia Gatica Saboya, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Julio Miguel Grandez Rios, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Gabriel Hidalgo Pizango, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana
Eurídice Honorio Coronado, Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana
Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Walter Huaraca Huasco, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Yuri Tomas Huillca Aedo, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Jose Luis Marcelo Peña, Universidad Nacional de Jaén
Abel Monteagudo Mendoza, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Vanesa Moreano Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional de Jaén
Percy Núñez Vargas, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Sonia Cesarina Palacios Ramos, Universidad Nacional de Jaén
Nadir Pallqui Camacho, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Antonio Peña Cruz, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Freddy Ramirez Arevalo, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
José Reyna Huaymacari, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Carlos Reynel Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional de Jaén
Marcos Antonio Ríos Paredes, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Lily Rodriguez Bayona, Centro Internacional de Medicina de Altitud
Rocio del Pilar Rojas Gonzales, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Maria Elena Rojas Peña, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Norma Salinas Revilla, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Yahn Carlos Soto Shareva, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Raul Tupayachi Trujillo, Asociacion Bosques Perú
Luis Valenzuela Gamarra, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Rodolfo Vasquez Martinez, Jardin Botanico de Missouri
Jim Vega Arenas, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana
Christian Amani, Université Officielle de Bukavu
Suspense Averti Ifo, Université Marien N’Gouabi
Yannick Bocko, Université Marien N’Gouabi
Patrick Boundja, Wildlife Conservation Society - Congo
Romeo Ekoungoulou, Université Marien N’Gouabi
Mireille Hockemba, Wildlife Conservation Society - Congo
Donatien Nzala, Univeriste Marien Ngouabi
Alusine Fofanah, The Gola Rainforest National Park
David Taylor, National University of Singapore
Guillermo Bañares-de Dios, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Luis Cayuela, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Íñigo Granzow-de la Cerda, Real Jardin Botanico
Manuel Macía, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Juliana Stropp, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Maureen Playfair, Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname
Verginia Wortel, Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname
Toby Gardner, Stockholm Environment Institute
Robert Muscarella, Uppsala University
Hari Priyadi, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Ervan Rutishauser, Conservatoire et Jardin Botanique Geneve
Kuo-Jung Chao, National Chung Hsing University
Pantaleo Munishi, Sokoine University of Agriculture
Olaf Bánki, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Frans Bongers, Wageningen University
Rene Boot, Tropenbos International
Gabriella Fredriksson, University of Amsterdam
Jan Reitsma, Bureau Waardenburg BV
Hans ter Steege, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Tinde van Andel, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Peter van de Meer, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
Peter van der Hout, Van der Hout Forestry Consulting
Mark van Nieuwstadt, Utrecht University
Bert van Ulft, PROMAB - The Netherlands
Elmar Veenendaal, Wageningen University
Ronald Vernimmen, Data for Sustainability
Pieter Zuidema, Wageningen University
Joeri Zwerts, Utrecht University
Perpetra Akite, Makerere University
Robert Bitariho, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Colin Chapman, George Washington University
Eilu Gerald, Makerere University
Miguel Leal, Wildlife Conservation Society
Patrick Mucunguzi, Makerere University
Katharine Abernethy, University of Stirling
Miguel Alexiades, University of Kent
Timothy R. Baker, University of Leeds
Karina Banda, University of Leeds
Lindsay Banin, UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology
Jos Barlow, Lancaster University
Amy Bennett, University of Leeds
Erika Berenguer, Lancaster University
Nicholas Berry, The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group
Neil M. Bird, Overseas Development Institute
George A. Blackburn, Lancaster University
Francis Brearley, Manchester Metropolitan University
Roel Brienen, University of Leeds
David Burslem, University of Aberdeen
Lidiany Carvalho, University of Exeter
Percival Cho, Lancaster University
Fernanda Coelho, University of Leeds
Murray Collins, University of Edinburgh
David Coomes, University of Cambridge
Aida Cuni-Sanchez, University of York
Greta Dargie, University of Leeds
Kyle Dexter, University of Edinburgh
Mat Disney, University College London
Freddie Draper, University of Leeds
Muying Duan, Imperial College London
Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert, University of Birmingham
Robert Ewers, Imperial College London
Belen Fadrique, University of Leeds
Sophie Fauset, University of Plymouth
Ted R. Feldpausch, University of Exeter
Filipe França, Lancaster University
David Galbraith, University of Leeds
Martin Gilpin, University of Leeds
Emanuel Gloor, University of Leeds
John Grace, University of Edinburgh
Keith Hamer, University of Leeds
David Harris, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Kath Jeffery, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, Stirling University
Tommaso Jucker, University of Bristol
Michelle Kalamandeen, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, Laurentian University
Bente Klitgaard, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Aurora Levesley, University of Leeds
Simon L. Lewis, University of Leeds
Jeremy Lindsell, Centre for Conservation Science
Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, University of Leeds
Jon Lovett, University of Leeds
Yadvinder Malhi, University of Oxford
Toby Marthews, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emma McIntosh, University of Oxford
Karina Melgaço, University of Leeds
William Milliken, The Royal Botanic Gardens
Edward Mitchard, University of Edinburgh
Peter Moonlight, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sam Moore, University of Oxford
Alexandra Morel, University of Dundee
Julie Peacock, University of Leeds
Kelvin Peh, University of Southampton
Colin Pendry, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
R. Toby Pennington, University of Exeter, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Luciana de Oliveira Pereira, University of Exeter
Carlos Peres, University of East Anglia
Oliver L. Phillips, University of Leeds
Georgia Pickavance, University of Leeds
Thomas Pugh, University of Birmingham
Lan Qie, University of Lincoln
Terhi Riutta, University of Oxford
Katherine Roucoux, Stirling University
Casey Ryan, University of Edinburgh
Tiina Sarkinen, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Camila Silva Valeria, Lancaster University
Dominick Spracklen, University of Leeds
Suzanne Stas, University of Leeds
Martin Sullivan, University of Leeds
Michael Swaine, University of Aberdeen
Joey Talbot, University of Leeds
James Taplin, UK Research & Innovation
Geertje van der Heijden, University of Nottingham
Laura Vedovato, University of Exeter
Simon Willcock, University of Bangor
Mathew Williams, University of Edinburgh
Luciana Alves, University of California
Patricia Alvarez Loayza, Duke University
Gabriel Arellano, University of Michigan
Cheryl Asa, Saint Louis Zoo
Peter Ashton, Harvard University
Gregory Asner, Arizona State University
Terry Brncic, Wildlife Conservation Society – Programme Congo
Foster Brown, Woods Hole Research Center
Robyn Burnham, The University of Michigan Herbarium
Connie Clark, Nicholas School of the Environment
James Comiskey, National Park Service - United States
Gabriel Damasco, University of California
Stuart Davies, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Tony Di Fiore, University of Texas at Austin
Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institute
William Farfan-Rios, Washington University in Saint Louis
Jefferson Hall, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
David Kenfack, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Thomas Lovejoy, George Mason University
Roberta Martin, Wildlife Conservation Society – Programme Congo
Olga Martha Montiel, Missouri Botanical Garden
John Pipoly III, Broward County Parks and Recreation, Nova Southeastern UniversityFollow
Nigel Pitman, The Field Museum
John Poulsen, Nicholas School of the Environment
Richard Primack, Boston University
Miles Silman, Wake Forest University
Marc Steininger, University of Maryland
Varun Swamy, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
John Terborgh, Duke University
Duncan Thomas, Washington State University
Peter Umunay, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Maria Uriarte, Columbia University
Emilio Vilanova Torre, University of California - Berkeley
Ophelia Wang, Northern Arizona University
Kenneth Young, University of Texas at Austin
Gerardo A. Aymard C., Herbario Universitario
Lionel Hernández, Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana
Rafael Herrera Fernández, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas
Hirma Ramírez-Angulo, Universidad de los Andes
Pedro Salcedo, Universidad de Los Andes - Venezuela
Elio Sanoja, Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana
Julio Serrano, Universidad de Los Andes - Venezuela
Armando Torres-Lezama, Universidad de Los Andes - Venezuela
Tinh Cong Le, Viet Nature Conservation Centre
Trai Trong Le, Viet Nature Conservation Centre
Hieu Dang Tran, Viet Nature Conservation Centre

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-25-2021

Publication Title

Biological Conservation

Keywords

Amazonia, Africa, Southeast Asia, Rainforest, RAINFOR, AfriTRON, Species richness, Forest plots, Permanent sample plots, Monitoring, Dynamics, Carbon sink, Global change, Ecology, Biodiversity

ISSN

0006-3207

First Page

1

Last Page

27

Abstract

Tropical forests are the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. While better understanding of these forests is critical for our collective future, until quite recently efforts to measure and monitor them have been largely disconnected. Networking is essential to discover the answers to questions that transcend borders and the horizons of funding agencies. Here we show how a global community is responding to the challenges of tropical ecosystem research with diverse teams measuring forests tree-by-tree in thousands of long-term plots. We review the major scientific discoveries of this work and show how this process is changing tropical forest science. Our core approach involves linking long-term grassroots initiatives with standardized protocols and data management to generate robust scaled-up results. By connecting tropical researchers and elevating their status, our Social Research Network model recognises the key role of the data originator in scientific discovery. Conceived in 1999 with RAINFOR (South America), our permanent plot networks have been adapted to Africa (AfriTRON) and Southeast Asia (T-FORCES) and widely emulated worldwide. Now these multiple initiatives are integrated via ForestPlots.net cyber-infrastructure, linking colleagues from 54 countries across 24 plot networks. Collectively these are transforming understanding of tropical forests and their biospheric role. Together we have discovered how, where and why forest carbon and biodiversity are responding to climate change, and how they feedback on it. This long-term pan-tropical collaboration has revealed a large long-term carbon sink and its trends, as well as making clear which drivers are most important, which forest processes are affected, where they are changing, what the lags are, and the likely future responses of tropical forests as the climate continues to change. By leveraging a remarkably old technology, plot networks are sparking a very modern revolution in tropical forest science. In the future, humanity can benefit greatly by nurturing the grassroots communities now collectively capable of generating unique, long-term understanding of Earth's most precious forests.

Comments

This paper is a product of the RAINFOR, AfriTRON and T-FORCES networks and the many other partner networks in ForestPlots.net which support long-term forest science and monitoring across tropical countries. These initiatives have been supported by numerous people and grants since their inception. We are particularly indebted to more than one thousand four hundred field assistants for their essential help in establishing and maintaining the plots, as well as highly distributed rural communities and institutions. For additional assistance we thank Michel Baisie, Wemo Betian, Vincent Bezard, Mireille Breuer-Ndoundou Hockemba, Ezequiel Chavez, Douglas Daly, Armandu Daniels, Eduardo Hase, Muhammad Idhamsyah, Phillipe Jeanmart, Cisquet Keibou Opepa, Jeanette Kemp, Antonio Lima, Jon Lloyd, Mpanya Lukasu, Sam Moore, Klaus Scipal and Rodrigo Sierra. We thank Mark Burkitt for help developing the ForestPlots.net database. We acknowledge the long-term help provided by national and local government offices in all countries where colleagues work in facilitating the permission and documentation for fieldwork, as well as help provided by protected area and other authorities.

Additional Comments

The networks have been supported by multiple grants, most notably the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant 291585 – ‘T-FORCES’), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (#1656 ‘RAINFOR’, and #5349 'MonANPeru'), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the European Union's Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Framework Programme (EVK2-CT-1999-00023 – ‘CARBONSINK-LBA’, 283080 – ‘GEOCARBON’, 282664 – ‘AMAZALERT’), the Natural Environment Research Council (NE/D005590/1 – ‘TROBIT’, NE/F005806/1 – ‘AMAZONICA’, ‘PPFOR’ E/M0022021/1), several NERC Urgency and New Investigators Grants, the NERC/State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) consortium grants ‘BIO-RED’ (NE/N012542/1, 2012/51872-5), ‘ECOFOR’ (NE/K016431/1, 2012/51509-8), ‘ARBOLES’ (NE/S011811/1), ‘SEOSAW‘ (NE/P008755/1), ‘SECO‘ (NE/T01279X/1). the Royal Society (University Research Fellowships and Global Challenges Awards) (‘FORAMA’, ICA/R1/180100), the National Geographic Society, the Centre for International Forestry (CIFOR), Gabon's National Parks Agency (ANPN), US National Science Foundation (DEB 1754647), and Colombia's Colciencias. We thank the National Council for Science and Technology Development of Brazil (CNPq) for support to the Cerrado/Amazonia Transition Long-Term Ecology Project (PELD/441244/2016-5), the PPBio Phytogeography of Amazonia/Cerrado Transition project (CNPq/PPBio/457602/2012-0), the Goiás Research Foundation (FAPEG/PELD: 2017/10267000329), and several PVE and Productivity Grants. Funding for plots in the Udzungwa Mountains (Tanzania) was obtained from the Leverhulme Trust under the Valuing the Arc project. Plots in the Democratic Republic of Congo were funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (SD/AR/01A/COBIMFO, BR/132/A1/AFRIFORD, BR/143/A3/HERBAXYLAREDD, CongoFORCE), the Flemish Interuniversity Council VLIR-UOS (CD2018TEA459A103, FORMONCO II), and the European Union (REAFOR, FORETS projects). We acknowledge grant CEBA (ref. ANR-10-LABX-25-01) and the support of the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia. We also acknowledge the support of the European Space Agency. Data from RAINFOR, AfriTRON and T-FORCES are stored and curated at ForestPlots.net, a cyber-infrastructure initiative developed at the University of Leeds that unites permanent plot records and supports scientists from the world's tropical forests. The development of ForestPlots.net and curation of data has been funded by several grants including NE/B503384/1, NE/N012542/1 ‘BIO-RED’, ERC Advanced Grant 291585 ‘T-FORCES’, NE/F005806/1 ‘AMAZONICA’, NERC New Investigators Awards, NE/N004655/1, ‘TREMOR’, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (‘RAINFOR’, ‘MonANPeru’), ERC Starter Grant 758873 ‘TreeMort’, EU Framework 6, a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

DOI

10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108849

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