Mast seeding and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation: a long-term relationship?
PLANT ECOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2015
Recognition of the effects of inter-annual climate change on earth systems has led to a greater understanding of the various forces that influence natural systems. The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is, arguably, the most well-known and widely researched inter-annual climate mode. The effects of ENSO on natural systems include changes in fire-regimes, rainfall and temperature patterns, oceanic upwelling and plant reproduction. Here, I posit a long-term relationship between ENSO and temporal changes in the abundance of a long-lived rainforest conifer, Lagarostrobos franklinii, in western Tasmania, Australia. An increase in pollen from L. franklinii occurs at a number of sites across the ..View full abstract
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I acknowledge financial support from the Australian Postgraduate Award, CONICYT project 3110180 and ARC projects DI110100019 and IN140100050. Thanks to Laurie Stahle, who analysed the charcoal content of the Lake Vera record for a forthcoming publication. Thanks also to Feli Hopf who analysed the Lake Vera pollen data.