Comparing large, infrequent disturbances: What have we learned?

Principal Investigators:

Monica G. Turner, and Virginia H. Dale

The importance of natural disturbances in shaping landscapes and influencing ecosystems is now well recognized in ecology. Understanding of relatively small disturbances has increased rapidly, but large infrequent disturbances--such as volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, big fires, tornadoes, and floods--have not been well studied.

Whether very large disturbances are qualitatively different from numerous small disturbance remains an unresolved issue in ecology, in part because of a paucity long-term data on the effects of large-scale disturbances.... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Workshop19th—21st May 1996Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

William L. Bakerbakerwl@uwyo.eduUniversity of Wyoming
Robert Bellbell@yell.nps.govYellowstone National Park
Virginia H. Dalevhd@ornl.govOak Ridge National Laboratory
Edwin H. Everhameeverham@runet.eduRadford University
David R. Fosterdrfoster@fas.harvard.eduHarvard University
Jerry F. Franklinjff@u.washington.eduUniversity of Washington
Lee E. of Minnesota
Edward A. Johnsonjohnsone@ucalgary.caUniversity of Calgary
Dennis H. Knightdhknight@uwyo.eduUniversity of Wyoming
Ariel Lugoalugo@fs.fed.usInstitute of Tropical Forestry, Puerto Rico
James A. MacMahonjam@cc.usu.eduUtah State University
Max A. Moritzmmoritz@ucanr.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Robert T. PaineUniversity of Washington
Robert K. Peetpeet@unc.eduUniversity of North Carolina
Chris J. Petersonchris@dogwood.botany.uga.eduUniversity of Georgia
Steward T. Pickettpicketts@ecostudies.orgCary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
William H. Rommefomme_w@fortlewis.eduFort Lewis College
Richard E. Sparksrsparks@uiuc.eduIllinois Natural History Survey
Mia Tegnermtegner@ucsd.eduUniversity of California, San Diego
Monica G. Turnerturnermg@wisc.eduUniversity of Wisconsin

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Dale, Virginia H.; Lugo, Ariel; MacMahon, James A.; Pickett, Steward T. 1998. Ecosystem management in the context of large, infrequent disturbances. Ecosystems. Vol: 1 (6). Pages 546-557. (Online version)
Journal Article Foster, David R.; Knight, Dennis H.; Franklin, Jerry F. 1998. Landscape patterns and legacies resulting from large, infrequent forest disturbances. Ecosystems. Vol: 1. Pages 497-510. (Online version)
Journal Article Paine, Robert T.; Tegner, Mia; Johnson, Edward A. 1998. Compounded perturbations yield ecological surprises. Ecosystems. Vol: 1(6). Pages 535-545. (Online version)
Journal Article Romme, William H.; Everham, Edwin H.; Frelich, Lee E.; Moritz, Max A.; Sparks, Richard E. 1998. Are large, infrequent disturbances qualitatively different from small, frequent disturbances?. Ecosystems. Vol: 1(6). Pages 524-534. (Online version)
Data Set Romme, William H. 2008. Types of Response of Disturbance Impact to Increasing Disturbance Size. (Online version)
Journal Article Turner, Monica G. 1998. Comparing large, infrequent disturbances: What have we learned?. Ecosystems. Vol: 1. Pages 493-496. (Online version)
Journal Article Turner, Monica G.; Baker, William L.; Peterson, Chris J.; Peet, Robert K. 1998. Factors influencing succession: Lessons from large, infrequent natural disturbances. Ecosystems. Vol: 1(6). Pages 511-523. (Online version)
Report or White Paper Turner, Monica G. 1998. Progress report: Introduction manuscript - Comparing large, infrequent disturbances: What have we learned?. (Online version)
"Comparing large, infrequent disturbances: What have we learned?" is project ID: 2291