NCEAS Project 9100

Biodiversity and conservation value of agricultural landscapes of Mesoamerica

  • Robin L. Chazdon
  • Daniel M. Griffith

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group16th—20th May 2005Participant List  
Working Group10th—14th November 2005Participant List  
Working Group9th—12th June 2006Participant List  

This working group will synthesize information from research conducted across eight Mesoamerican countries to elucidate and promote principles for conservation action in human-impacted landscapes of Mesoamerica and to enhance the contribution to biodiversity conservation of forest fragments, extant agriculture, post-agricultural secondary forests, and forest restoration projects. Substantial ecological data sources are available now to develop such a synthesis and to promote the use of current knowledge in conservation planning, biodiversity assessment, corridor development, and transnational cooperation, all with local community participation. We anticipate that this internationally-based effort will provide scientific information critical to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor and to harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural production throughout Mesoamerica.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Brander, Keith; Bruno, John F.; Hobday, Alistair; Shoeman, David. 2011. Correspondence: The value of attribution. Nature Climate Change. Vol: 1. Pages 70-71.
Presentations Chazdon, Robin L. 2007. Perspectivas para la conservación de especies de bosques tropicales en paisajes agrícolas. 17 Congrego Mexicano de Botánica, Sociedad Mexicana de Botánica.
Journal Article Chazdon, Robin L.; Letcher, Susan G.; van Breugel, Michiel; Martinez-Ramos, Miguel; Bongers, Frans; Finegan, Bryan. 2007. Rates of change in tree communities of secondary Neotropical forests following major disturbances. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. Vol: 362. Pages 273-289.
Journal Article Chazdon, Robin L.; Harvey, Celia; Komar, Oliver; Griffith, Daniel M.; Ferguson, Bruce G.; Martinez-Ramos, Miguel; Morales, Helda; Nigh, Ronald; Soto-Pinto, Lorena; van Breugel, Michiel; Philpott, Stacy. 2009. Beyond reserves: A research agenda for conserving biodiversity in human-modified tropical landscapes. Biotropica. Vol: 41(2). Pages 142-153.
Book Chapter Chazdon, Robin L.; Harvey, Celia; Martinez-Ramos, Miguel; Schondube, J.; Avila Cabadilla, L. D.; Flores-Hidalgo, M. In-press. Tropical dry forest biodiversity and conservation value in agricultural landscapes of Mesoamerica.. Edited by R. Dirzo, H. A.; Mooney, G. Ceballos; H. Young Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Dry Forests. Island Press. Pages 195-219.
Report or White Paper Ferguson, Bruce G.; Griffith, Daniel M.; Morales, Helda; Vilchez, B.; Diemont, S.; Alfaro Solórzano, G.; Chazdon, Robin L. 2006. Biodiversidad y Conservación en los Agropaisajes Mesoamericanos. Boletín de la Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biología y la Conservación. Vol: 10. Pages 1-14.
Presentations Griffith, Daniel M. 2006. Variation in tropical forest regeneration along an agricultural land use gradient. I Congress of the Mexican Scientific Society of Ecology, November 26-30, 2006. Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.
Journal Article Harvey, Celia; Komar, Oliver; Chazdon, Robin L.; Ferguson, Bruce G.; Finegan, Bryan; Griffith, Daniel M.; Martinez-Ramos, Miguel; Morales, Helda; Nigh, Ronald; Soto-Pinto, Lorena. 2008. Integrating agricultural landscapes with biodiversity conservation in the Mesoamerican hotspot. Conservation Biology . Vol: 22. Pages 8-15.
Journal Article Holl, Karen. 2007. Old field vegetation succession in the neotropics. Old Fields. Island Press. Washington D.C.. Pages 93-117.
Data Set Philpott, Stacy. 2007. Ants, birds, and tree diversity: Coffee agroecosystem meta-analysis. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Philpott, Stacy; Arendt, W.; Armbrecht, I.; Dietsch, T.; Gordon, C.; Greenberg, R.; Soto-Pinto, Lorena; Tejada-Cruz, C.; Williams-Linera, G.; Valenzuela, J. 2008. Biodiversity loss in Latin American coffee landscapes: Review of the evidence on ants, birds, and trees. Conservation Biology. Vol: 22(5). Pages 1093-1105.