African rainforests remained a carbon sink during record heat and drought

Posted Posted in Africa, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Drought, Forest dynamics, Tropical forest

In our recent work studying the impact of record heat and drought on intact African tropical rainforests there was surprising resilience to the extreme conditions during the last major 2015/2016 El Niño event. The international study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that intact rainforests across tropical Africa continued to remove […]

Special Issue: Transformation of Tropical Forests Through Fire

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Carbon sequestration, Carbon storage, Climate change, Drought, Fire, Forest degradation, Forest dynamics, Forest regrowth, Remote sensing, Temperature, Tree growth, Tree mortality, Tropical forest

The fire regime of tropical forests is changing rapidly, with implications for forest cover, carbon storage, species composition, biodiversity, function, and climate. These changes are having a range of impacts over varying spatiotemporal scales and are explored in a journal special issue on the Transformation of Tropical Forests through Fire.

Competition influences tree growth, but not mortality, in Amazonia and tropical Africa forests

Posted Posted in Africa, Amazonia, Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Drought, Forest dynamics, Forest structure, Tree growth, Tree mortality

Competition among trees is an important driver of community structure and dynamics in tropical forests. Neighboring trees may impact an individual tree’s growth rate and probability of mortality, but large-scale geographic and environmental variation in these competitive effects has yet to be evaluated across the tropical forest biome.