Revisiting nutrient limitation in tropical forests

Principal Investigators:

Cory C. Cleveland, and Alan R. Townsend

Tropical forests have enormous ecological and societal significance. They are home to exceptional biological diversity (including humans), they profoundly affect a suite of globalscale processes, and unfortunately, they are experiencing myriad effects of global environmental change. Yet, our understanding of basic ecosystem processes such as nutrient limitation in the tropics lags far behind many temperate and high latitude ecosystems, and those data that do exist have not been thoroughly synthesized. In many respects, this deficit results from... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group12th—15th May 2008Participant List  
Working Group20th—23rd January 2009Participant List  
Working Group17th—20th May 2011Participant List  
Working Group4th—7th June 2013Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Silvia Alvarez-Claresilviacr@ufl.eduUniversity of Florida
Mercedes Bustamantemercedes@unb.brUniversidade de Brasília
George Chuyongchuyong99@yahoo.comUniversity of Buea
Cory C. Clevelandcory.cleveland@umontana.eduUniversity of Montana
Pauline of Western Australia
Kyle E. Harmskharms@lsu.eduLouisiana State University
Benjamin Z. Houltonbzhoulton@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Luiz Martinellimartinelli@cena.usp.brUniversidade de São Paulo
William J. Partonbillp@nrel.colostate.eduColorado State University
Stephen Porderstephen_porder@brown.eduBrown University
Sasha Reedscreed@usgs.govUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Carlos A. Sierracarlos.sierra@oregonstate.eduOregon State University
Whendee L. Silverwsilver@berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Edmund of Cambridge
Alan R. Townsendalan.townsend@duke.eduUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Peter Vitousekvitousek@stanford.eduStanford University
Will Wiederwill.wieder@colorado.eduUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Alison Markleinarmarkle@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Davis
Philip Taylorphilip.taylor@colorado.eduUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Eric A. Davidsonedavidson@whrc.orgWoods Hole Research Center
Adrienne Kelleradrienne.keller@umontana.eduUniversity of Montana
Duncan N. Mengedm2972@columbia.eduPrinceton University
Helene C. Muller-Landauhmullerlandau@gmail.comSmithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Peter E. Thorntonthorntonpe@ornl.govOak Ridge National Laboratory
Dana Chadwickkdc@stanford.eduStanford University
Kyla Dahlinkdahlin@msu.eduNational Center for Atmospheric Research
Stephen Del Grossodelgro@nrel.colostate.eduUS Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Chris of Oxford
Rosie A. Fisherrfisher@ucar.eduNational Center for Atmospheric Research
William Kolby Smithwkolby@gmail.comUniversity of Montana
Benjamin SullivanBenjamin.Sullivan@umontana.eduUniversity of Montana

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Data Set Cleveland, Cory C. 2010. Tropical forest nutrient limitation. (Online version)
Journal Article Cleveland, Cory C.; Townsend, Alan R.; Taylor, Philip; Alvarez-Clare, Silvia; Bustamante, Mercedes; Chuyong, George; Dobrowski, Solomon Z.; Grierson, Pauline; Harms, Kyle E.; Houlton, Benjamin Z.; Marklein, Alison; Parton, William J.; Porder, Stephen; Reed, Sasha; Sierra, Carlos A.; Silver, Whendee L.; Tanner, Edmund; Wieder, Will. 2011. Relationships among net primary productivity, nutrients and climate in tropical rain forest: A pan-tropical analysis. Ecology Letters. Vol: 14. Pages 939-947. (Online version)
Journal Article Cleveland, Cory C.; Taylor, Philip; Chadwick, Dana; Dahlin, Kyla; Doughty, Chris; Malhi, Yadvinder; Smith, William Kolby; Sullivan, Benjamin; Wieder, Will; Townsend, Alan R. 2015. A comparison of plot-based, satellite and Earth system model estimates of tropical forest net primary production . Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 29(5). Pages 626-644. (Online version)
Journal Article Cusack, Daniela F.; Chou, Wendy W.; Yang, Wendy H.; Harmon, Mark; Silver, Whendee L.; Lidet. 2009. Controls on long-term root and leaf litter decomposition in neotropical forests. Global Change Biology. Vol: 15(5). Pages 1339-1355.
Journal Article Parton, William J.; Silver, Whendee L.; Burke, Ingrid C.; Grassens, Leo; Harmon, Mark; Currie, William S.; King, Jennifer; Adair, Elizabeth C.; Brandt, Leslie A.; Hart, Stephen C.; Fasth, Becky. 2007. Global-scale similarities in nitrogen release patterns during long-term decomposition. Science. Vol: 315. Pages 361-364.
Journal Article Taylor, Philip; Cleveland, Cory C.; Wieder, Will; Sullivan, Benjamin; Doughty, Chris; Dobrowski, Solomon Z.; Townsend, Alan R. 2017. Temperature and rainfall interaction to control carbon cycling in tropical forests. Ecology Letters. (Abstract)
Journal Article Townsend, Alan R.; Cleveland, Cory C.; Houlton, Benjamin Z.; Alden, Caroline B.; White, James WC. 2011. Multi-element regulation of the tropical forest carbon cycle. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol: 9(1). Pages 9-17. (Online version)
"Revisiting nutrient limitation in tropical forests" is project ID: 12147