Title

Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains: Synthesis and Foundations for the Future

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Book Chapter

Abstract

This chapter examines the causal relationship between disturbance, succession, and ecological changes by considering the biotic feedback mechanisms. It also provides an outline of rippling effects of natural phenomena, agricultural clearings, river flooding, and human-induced disturbances to the Luquillo Mountains and other tropical ecosystems in the world. In this regard, this chapter describes the intellectual and societal motivations that have influenced people to further the forecast of the ecological changes over time.

Original Citation

Willig, M.R., Bloch, C.P., Covich, A.P., Hall, C.A.S., Jean Lodge, D., Lugo, A.E., Silver, W.L., Waide, R.B., Walker, L.R., Zimmerman, J.K. (2015). Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains: Synthesis and Foundations for the Future. In N. Brokaw, T. Crowl, A. Lugo, W. McDowell, F. Scatena, R. Waide & M. Willig (Eds.) A Caribbean Forest Tapestry: The Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response (pp. 361-441). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.003.0008