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ForestGEO: Understanding forest diversity and dynamics through a global observatory network

Stuart J Davies, Iveren Abiem, Kamariah Abu Salim, Salomon Aguilar, David Allen, Alfonso Alonso, Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, Ana Andrade, Gabriel Arellano, Peter S Ashton, Patrick J Baker, Matthew E Baker, Jennifer L Baltzer, Yves Basset, Pulcherie Bissiengou, Stephanie Bohlman, Norman A Bourg, Warren Y Brockelman, Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin, David FRP Burslem Show all



ForestGEO is a network of scientists and long-term forest dynamics plots (FDPs) spanning the Earth's major forest types. ForestGEO's mission is to advance understanding of the diversity and dynamics of forests and to strengthen global capacity for forest science research. ForestGEO is unique among forest plot networks in its large-scale plot dimensions, censusing of all stems ≥1 cm in diameter, inclusion of tropical, temperate and boreal forests, and investigation of additional biotic (e.g., arthropods) and abiotic (e.g., soils) drivers, which together provide a holistic view of forest functioning. The 71 FDPs in 27 countries include approximately 7.33 million living trees and about 12,000 s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

ForestGEO acknowledges the incredible contributions of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of highly skilled and committed field and data technicians without whom the network of FDPs would not have been possible. We also acknowledge many local, regional and national agencies and institutions in each of the countries where ForestGEO works for their support in many aspects of the program, including protecting the valuable forests, making financial contributions, permitting researchers to access the forests to conduct these studies, and providing critical logistical support to enable the ambitious FDPs to be realized. ForestGEO acknowledges the role of the many students who have helped maintain the plots and provide vitality to the program. We acknowledge the important role of Liz Losos, first Director of CTFS/ForestGEO, Ira Rubinoff, Biff Bermingham and Matthew Larsen, past directors of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bob Cook, past Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Lissy Coley, Jerome Chave and Cristi ' an Samper, ForestGEO external advisory committee members, and Scott Miller, Kirk Johnson, Steve Monfort, Tuck Hines and Will Pitt, internal Smithsonian advisors. Financial support for the network has been received from the US National Science Foundation, the Frank H. Levinson Family Foundation, HSBC Climate Partnership, the Bromley Charitable Trust, the Stapper family, John Swire & Sons Inc., the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, the MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Philecology Trust, the John Merck Fund, Jacqueline B. Mars, Jennifer and Greg Johnson, Christopher Davidson and Sharon Cristoph, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, and the Smithsonian Institution. Detailed sitespecific acknowledgements are included as Supplementary Materials.