Evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of mast seeding in plants

Principal Investigators:

Dave Kelly, Andrew M. Liebhold, and Victoria L. Sork

Mast seeding, the intermittent production of large seed crops by perennial plants, is an ecologically important phenomenon. For plants, masting interrupts reproduction and periodically depletes resources. For animals, masting causes temporal pulses in potentially nutritious food. Despite improved understanding of mast seeding in the 1990's, we only now have the tools to investigate several important avenues. First, the temporal and spatial scales. Secondly, the interaction between evolutionary benefits of masting (e.g., pollination efficiency)... more

Participants and Meetings


Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Visitor19th June—21st July 2000Participant List  
Visitor20th June—19th August 2000Participant List  
Visitor28th June—22nd July 2000Participant List  
Graduate Student1st July—31st December 2000Participant List  
Working Group6th—14th July 2000Participant List  
Working Group30th January—7th February 2001Participant List  
Working Group9th—13th August 2001Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Andrew M. Liebholdaliebhold@gmail.comUSDA Forest Service
Bill Kuhnkuhn@geog.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Victoria L. Sorkvlsork@ucla.eduUniversity of Missouri, St. Louis
Dave KellyUniversity of Canterbury
Ottar N. Bjornstadonb1@psu.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Lisa M. Curranlmcurran@stanford.eduUniversity of Michigan
Richard Duncanduncanr@lincoln.ac.nzLincoln University
Joseph Elkintonelkinton@ent.umass.eduUniversity of Massachusetts
Walter Koenigwicker@uclink4.berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Mikko Peltonenmpeltonen@fs.fed.usUSDA Forest Service
Mark Reesm.rees@ic.ac.ukImperial College, London, Silwood Park Campus
Christopher Smithcccsmith@ksu.eduKansas State University
Robert Westfallrwestfal@dendrome.ucdavis.eduUSDA Forest Service
John P. Buonaccorsijohnpb@math.umass.eduUniversity of Massachusetts

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Bjornstad, Ottar N.; Peltonen, Mikko; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Baltensweiler, W. 2002. Waves of Larch Budmoth outbreaks in the European Alps. Science. Vol: 289. Pages 1020-1023.
Journal Article Buonaccorsi, John P.; Elkinton, Joseph; Koenig, Walter; Duncan, Richard; Kelly, Dave; Sork, Victoria L. 2003. Measuring mast seeding behavior: Relationships among population variation, individual variation and synchrony. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol: 224(1). Pages 107-114. (Abstract)
Presentations Kelly, Dave; Rees, Mark; Bjornstad, Ottar N. 2000. Resources and mast seeding: Testing . New Zealand Ecological Society Annual Conference, November 2000. Hamilton, New Zealand.
Journal Article Kelly, Dave; Sork, Victoria L. 2002. Mast seeding in perennial plants: Why, how, where?. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics. Vol: 33. Pages 427-447. (Abstract)
Data Set Kelly, Dave; Koenig, Walter; Sork, Victoria L.; Peltonen, Mikko; Duncan, Richard; Westfall, Robert; Elkinton, Joseph. 2007. Masting dynamics data set. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Koenig, Walter; Kelly, Dave; Sork, Victoria L.; Duncan, Richard; Elkinton, Joseph; Peltonen, Mikko; Westfall, Robert. 2003. Dissecting components of population-level variation in seed production and the evolution of masting behavior. Oikos. Vol: 102(3). Pages 581-592.
Journal Article Koenig, Walter; Liebhold, Andrew M. 2003. Regional impacts of periodical cicadas on oak radial increment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research-Revue Canadienne de Recherche Forestier. Vol: 33. Pages 1084-1089.
Journal Article Koenig, Walter; Liebhold, Andrew M. 2005. Effects of periodical cicada emergences on abundance and synchrony of avian populations. Ecology. Vol: 86(7). Pages 1873-1882.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M. 2000. Population dynamics of an exotic forest insect: Gypsy moth in North America. Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M. 2002. Spatial dynamics of forest insect outbreaks. Department of Entomology, Kansas State University. Manhatten, KS.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M. 2002. Spatial dynamics of phytophagous insect outbreaks and relationships to mast seeding. Departamento de Biologia Vegetal y Ecologia, Universidad de Sevilla. Sevilla, Spain.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M. 2003. Spatial dynamics of forest insect outbreaks. Department of Entomology, University of California in Davis. Davis, CA.
Presentations Liebhold, Andrew M. 2003. Spatial synchrony in forest insect populations. Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH.
Journal Article Liebhold, Andrew M.; Koenig, Walter; Bjornstad, Ottar N. 2004. Spatial synchrony in population dynamics. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics. Vol: 35. Pages 467-490.
Journal Article Liebhold, Andrew M.; Sork, Victoria L.; Peltonen, Mikko; Koenig, Walter; Bjornstad, Ottar N.; Westfall, Robert; Elkinton, Joseph; Knops, Johan. 2004. Within-population spatial synchrony in mast seeding of North American oaks. Oikos. Vol: 104(1). Pages 156-164.
Journal Article Peltonen, Mikko; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Bjornstad, Ottar N.; Williams, David W. 2002. Spatial synchrony in forest insect outbreaks: Roles of regional stochasticity and dispersal. Ecology. Vol: 83. Pages 3120-3129.
Journal Article Rees, Mark; Kelly, Dave; Bjornstad, Ottar N. 2002. Snow tussocks, chaos, and the evolution of mast seeding. American Naturalist. Vol: 160(1). Pages 44-59.
"Evolutionary causes and ecological consequences of mast seeding in plants" is project ID: 2820