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Can regenerating secondary forests support tropical forest species and ecosystem functions?

Thursday 27 September 2018, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Daisy Dent, Stirling

Over the last century much of the tropical forest biome has been converted to complex human-modified landscapes composed of degraded primary forest fragments, secondary forest, pasture and agricultural land. Today secondary tropical forests cover a larger area than undisturbed primary forest, and these regenerating forests are increasingly important habitats within tropical landscapes. In this talk I present data from study sites in central Panama to illustrate the role secondary forests can play in the conservation of tropical forest species and ecosystem functions, and I explore the importance of landscape composition and connectivity by contrasting study sites embedded in forested landscapes with sites in deforested, agricultural landscapes.

Location: K018