Consistent, small effects of treefall disturbances on the composition and diversity of four Amazonian forests
Timothy R. Baker, Dilys M. Vela Díaz, Victor Chama Moscoso, Gilberto Navarro, Abel Monteagudo, Ruy Pinto, Katia Cangani, Nikolaos M. Fyllas, Gabriela Lopez Gonzalez, William F. Laurance, Simon L. Lewis, Jonathan Lloyd, Hans ter Steege, John W. Terborgh and Oliver L. Phillips
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12529
Understanding how the diversity of tropical forests responds to treefall disturbance events is important for understanding mechanisms of species coexistence and for predicting the future composition of these ecosystems. Previous studies have focussed on single sites and have contradictory results. By studying four sites in Amazonia, we demonstrate that these events have a consistent, but minor, role in maintaining the diversity of these ecosystems.