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The ecophysiology of pioneer tree species in relation to their disturbance ecology in a wet lowland rainforest, Sri Lanka

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Goodale, U.M. 2009, "The ecophysiology of pioneer tree species in relation to their disturbance ecology in a wet lowland rainforest, Sri Lanka", Doctoral Dissertation, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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uromi.goodale@gmail.com

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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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http://gradworks.umi.com/3362158.pdf

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Species Info

  • Alstonia macrophylla
  • Dillenia triquetra
  • Macaranga indica
  • Macaranga peltata
  • Melastoma malabathricum
  • Schumacheria castaneifolia
  • Trema orientalis
  • Wendlandia bicuspidata

Description

  • This dissertation evaluates pioneers species and their response to light availability and disturbance characteristics in the Shorea-Mesua vegetation type (an aseasonal, mixed dipterocarp forest) around the Sinharaja World Heritage Forest Reserve in southwest Sri Lanka.
  • The results of various observational and experimental studies (as well as controlled shade house experiments) are presented in the following chapters:
  • 1, Introduction
  • 2, Study site and species
  • 3, Disturbance and tropical pioneer species: patterns of association across life history stages
  • 4, Ecological significance of crown fucntional traits across size classes and disturbance environments
  • 5, The effect of within-gap microenvironment position on survival, growth, and herbivory;
  • 6, Relative importance of plant growth and photosynthetic phisiology in the plastic and acclamatory responses to light
  • 7, Synthesis - The regeneration ecology of pioneers within a tropical wet forest: implications for amelioration of degraded land and reforestation.

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Geographical Region

  • South Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Sri Lanka
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