Slow systems and complex data-sets: Multi-decade permanent plots permit address of recalcitrant questions about late-successional forests

Principal Investigators:

Kerry D. Woods

Long-standing (and often conflicting) hypotheses about processes in late-successional forest communities remain effectively untested because existing data-sets are inadequate for analysis of very slow processes. Usual approaches are of limited power because they employ assumption laden indirect methods or data-sets of low precision and resolution. Large, multi-decade, spatially explicit data from systems of permanent plots in old-growth forests in Michigan afford the potential for rigorous address of a range of important but recalcitrant questions.... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow10th November 2008—30th April 2009Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Kerry D. Woodskwoods [at] bennington.eduBennington College

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article De Frenne, Pieter; Rodriguez-Sanchez, Francisco; Coomes, David A.; Baeten, Lander; Verstraeten, Gorik; Vellend, Mark; Bernhardt-Römermann, Markus; Brown, Carissa D.; Brunet, Jorg; Cornelis, Johnny; Decocq, Guillaume M.; Dierschke, Hartmut; Eriksson, Ove; Gilliam, Frank S.; Hedl, Radim; Heinken, Thilo; Hermy, Martin; Hommel, Patrick; Jenkins, Michael A.; Kelly, Daniel L.; Kirby, Keith J.; Mitchell, Fraser J.G.; Naaf, Tobias; Newman, Miles; Peterken, George; Petrik, Petr; Schultz, Jan; Sonnier, Grégory; Van Calster, Hans; Waller, Donald M.; Walther, Gian-Reto; White, Peter S.; Woods, Kerry D.; Wulf, Monika; Graae, Bente J.; Verheyen, Kris. 2013. Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pages 1-5. (Online version)
Data Set Woods, Kerry D. 2009. Multi-decade, spatially explicit population studies of canopy dynamics in Michigan old-growth forests. Ecology. Vol: 90(12). Pages 3587.
Journal Article Woods, Kerry D.; Hicks, David J.; Schultz, Jan. 2012. Losses in understory diversity over three decades in an old-growth cool-temperate forest in Michigan, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne de Recherche Forestier. Vol: 42. Pages 532-549. (Online version)
Data Set Woods, Kerry D. 2012. Multi-decade population studies of Michigan old-growth forests. (Online version)
Presentations Woods, Kerry D. 2013. Demographic responses to a severe disturbance in an old-growth northern hardwood forest. Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 6 Aug 2013.
"Slow systems and complex data-sets: Multi-decade permanent plots permit address of recalcitrant questions about late-successional forests" is project ID: 12218