OOS 5 - Forest Canopy Ecology and the Sustainability of Forest Resources

Monday, August 3, 2009: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Acoma/Zuni, Albuquerque Convention Center
Organizer:
Timothy D. Schowalter
Moderator:
Timothy D. Schowalter
The theme of this session is the interactions among forest canopies, atmosphere and soil and the contributions of these interactions to sustainability of forest functions and ecosystem services. Speakers will address 1) methods for canopy access and research on canopy ecology, 2) vertical and horizontal variation of forest structure and biota, 3) canopy communities and their contributions to ecological processes, 4) current knowledge of canopy interactions with the atmosphere and geosphere, 5) the contributions of intact canopies to sustainability of food, medical and industrial resources, local weather conditions, and wind/storm abatement and 6) educational approaches to public access and appreciation of the canopy and its services. Speakers will address these topics in 15 min presentations (plus 5 for questions/comments).
1:30 PM
 Current understanding of forest canopy ecology
Barbara C. Reynolds, UNC-Asheville
2:10 PM
 Canopy stratum, leaf quality, and plant architecture effects on attack by leaf-tying caterpillars on white oak, Quercus alba
Robert Marquis, University of Missouri - St. Louis; George Hu Wang, University of Missouri - St. Louis; Richard A. Lankau, University of Georgia; Christina Baer, University of Missouri - St. Louis
2:50 PM
 Canopy effects on climate across varying scales of space and time
Geoffrey G. Parker, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; David R. Fitzjarrald, University at Albany; Dar A. Roberts, University of California at Santa Barbara
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
 Contributions of canopy research to public education and understanding of ecosystem services
Margaret Lowman, North Carolina State University; Timothy D. Schowalter, Louisiana State University
3:40 PM
 Effects of canopy treatments on early growth of planted longleaf pine seedlings and ground layer vegetation in North Carolina
Huifeng Hu, Clemson University; G. Geoff Wang, Clemson University; Benjamin O. Knapp, Clemson University; Joan L. Walker, USDA Forest Service
4:00 PM
 Carbon limitation of height growth: Evidence from Sequoia sempervirens
Christina R. Bentrup, Northern Arizona University; George W. Koch, Northern Arizona University
4:20 PM
 Consumption rates in a Malagasy frugivore guild support energetic equivalence by body size
Brent J. Sewall, Temple University; Amy L. Freestone, Temple University; Joseph Hawes, University of East Anglia
4:40 PM
 Beyond forest gap dynamics: Canopy tree senescence and advance regeneration
Michael Drescher, University of Waterloo; Sean C. Thomas, University of Toronto
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