Tree diversity and distribution patterns of forest populations in the Andes and Amazonia

  • Duration: 2013 - 2015
  • Financing: NERC (United Kingdom), NSF (USA)

As part of the international research consortium Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (ABERG), we study the ecology and distribution of the plant communities on the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes. This area is considered one of the most biodiverse worldwide, but also as the most threatened and vulnerable to climate change.  The aim of this research is to better understand the ecosystem function based on the improved knowledge of the biodiversity distribution, tree diversity, species composition and coexistence. The great variation of climatic factors along the elevation gradient is an essential aspect of the forest dynamics, from the Andes to the Amazon. We have a particular focus on the tree line, as possible barrier to the plant migration in response to climate change.

Expected results

  • Establishment of continuous monitoring plots along an elevation gradient for the RAINFOR data base (http://www.forestplots.net/es).
  • Conduct periodic censuses considering results of the first plots since 2006.
  • The results will provide data and forecasting for the design and implementation of effective conservation strategies.

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