Journal article

The role of species composition in the emergence of alternate vegetation states in a temperate rainforest system

Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Haidee R Cadd, Michela Mariani, Tegan L Hall, Samuel W Wood

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Context Forest systems are dynamic and can alternate between alternative stable states in response to climate, disturbance and internal abiotic and biotic conditions. Switching between states depends on the crossing of critical thresholds and the establishment of feedbacks that drive (and maintain) changes in ecosystem functioning. The nature of these thresholds and the workings of these feedbacks have been well-researched, however, the factors that instigate movement toward and across a threshold remain poorly understood. Objectives In this paper, we explore the role of species composition in initiating ecosystem state change in a temperate landscape mosaic of fire-prone and fire-sensitive..

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