Bibliography – Keynote Address by Robin Chazdon

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Dr. Robin Chazdon has shared a bibliography of papers referenced in her Keyonte Address, “Making Tropical Forest Succession Successful” at the 18th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.

ABSTRACTTropical forest succession follows distinct pathways depending on prior land use, post-abandonment disturbance, faunal diversity, and the dynamics of the surrounding landscape. These distinct pathways determine rates of change in species composition, forest structure, and ecosystem processes. Metrics of “success” during forest regrowth are largely determined by values of different stakeholders. Conservation biologists value regrowth as habitats for endemic species and forest specialists. Local people value regrowth for numerous ecosystem products and services. Ecotourists value regrowth forests for recreation and viewing wildlife. Today, most successional forests in the tropics were not planned and few are being actively managed. Expanding the future value of successional forests for conserving biodiversity, providing ecosystem services, and supporting rural livelihoods will require developing new insights into the socio-ecological drivers of forest regrowth across different regions of the tropics.


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  • Bobrowiec, P. and R. Gribel. 2009. Effects of different secondary vegetation types on bat community composition in Central Amazonia, Brazil. Animal Conservation 13:204-216.
  • Calvo-Alvarado, J., B. McLennan, A. Sánchez-Azofeifa, and T. Garvin. 2009. Deforestation and forest restoration in Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Putting conservation policies in context. Forest Ecology and Management 258:931-940.
  • Chazdon, R. L. 2008. Beyond deforestation: Restoring forests and ecosystem services on degraded lands. Science 320:1458-1460.
  • Chazdon, R. L. 2008. Chance and determinism in tropical forest succession. Pages 384-408 in W. Carson and S. A. Schnitzer, editors. Tropical forest community ecology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Chazdon, R. L. 2012. Tropical forest regeneration. in S. A. Levin, editor. Encylopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Science.
  • Chazdon, R. L., A. Chao, R. K. Colwell, S.-Y. Lin, N. Norden, S. G. Letcher, D. B. Clark, B. Finegan, and J. P. Arroyo. 2011. A novel statistical method for classifying habitat generalists and specialists Ecology 92:1332-1343.
  • Chazdon, R. L., C. A. Peres, D. Dent, D. Sheil, A. E. Lugo, D. Lamb, N. E. Stork, and S. E. Miller. 2009. The potential for species conservation in tropical secondary forests. Conservation Biology 23:1406-1417.
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  • Letcher, S. G. and R. L. Chazdon. 2009. Rapid recovery of biomass, species richness, and species composition in a forest chronosequence in Northeastern Costa Rica. Biotropica 41:608-617.
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  • Norden, N., R. C. G. Mesquita, T. V. Bentos, R. L. Chazdon, and G. B. Williamson. 2011. Contrasting community compensatory trends in alternative successional pathways in central Amazonia. Oikos 120:143-151.
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