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
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..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
This research was funded by the Australian Research Council (Grants: DI110100019, IN140100050, IN170100062, IN170100063). The authors would like to thank Scott Nichols, Simon Connor, Alexa Benson, Jarred Pedro, Simon Haberle and David McWethy for assistance in the field.