International Symposium on Climate Change and Forest Biodiversity Conservation

12 July 2011 | Event

In order to promote the exchange of scientific information on climate change and forest biodiversity conservation, the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), Smithsonian Institution and the Biodiversity Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences will hold an international symposium from July 27 to July 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. The symposium will cover recent advances in dynamics, maintenance mechanism and conservation strategies of forest biodiversity in the background of climate change. Scientists in this research field are welcome to attend. This event is organized by a member of IUCN. 

Organizers: Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS); Smithsonian Institution, USA; Biodiversity Committee, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Date: July 27 to July 28, 2011

Venue: Multifunctional Hall, Administration Building, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Official Language: English

Symposium Themes:
* Community Spatial Patterns and Species Coexistence Mechanisms
* Plant Recruitment: Seed and Seedling Stages
* Community Phylogenetics
* Forest Dynamics under Disturbances

Registration: Please fill in the attached registration form and send it to:yinan@ibcas.ac.cn by July 10, 2011.

Website: http://www.cncdiversitas.org/cncdiversitas/zh-hans/node/1473

Topics and Invited Speakers:

Section I:Community Spatial Patterns and Species Coexistence Mechanisms
Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatories Long-term population changes in tree communities in rare and common species
Richard Condit, Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute)

Global Earth Observatories Underlying mechanisms controlling species-area relationships and distance-decay curves in two temperate forests in Northeastern China and US
(Xugao Wang, Institute of Applied Ecology, CAS)

Long-term tree replacement rates resolve Janzen-Connell paradox in a Neotropical forest
(I Fang Sun, Center for Tropical Ecology and

Biodiversity Tunghai University)[/color]Community generation of an evergreen broad-leaved forest in Gutianshan National Natural Reserve
(Mingjian Yu, Institute of Ecology and Biological Conservation, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University)

A first ecological glance at the lianas in the Yasuní Forest Dynamics Plot (Ecuador): community and functional patterns in ridge and valley habitats
(Hugo Romero, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador)

Separating the effect of mechanisms shaping species-abundance distributions at multiple scales in a subtropical forest
(Xiangcheng Mi, Institute of Botany, CAS)

Relationships between biomass, productivity and diversity in forest tree communities
(Ryan Chisholm, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

A re-evaluation of the generality of -2 power rule in tree size distributions
(Jiangshan Lai, Institute of Botany, CAS)

Section II: Plant Recruitment: Seed and Seedling Stages
Interannual variation in leaf, fruit, and flower production in Panamanian tropical forests and the implications for understanding global change
(Helene Muller-Landau, M. Detto & J. Wright, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Effects of drought on tropical tree seedling dynamics
(Liza Comita, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Temporal and spatial variability in seedling recruitment in a tropical forest
(Yiching Lin, Department of Life Science, Tunghai University)

Reproductive phenological patterns in Southeast Asian forests
(Erin Kurten, Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatories)

Estimating plant dispersal distances from spatial patterns using wavelets
(Matteo Detto, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Section III: Community Phylogenetics

Phylogenetic and Functional Alpha and Beta Diversity in Tropical and Temperate CTFS plots
(Nathan Swenson, Michigan State University, US)

Resilience of tropical forests to past and future climate changes: insights from comparative phylogeography
(Christopher Dick, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

The roots of diversity: below ground species overlap in a tropical forest revealed by DNA barcoding and inverse modeling of root distributions

(Andy Jones, Oregon State University)

Genetic groups in common plant species Castanopsis chinensis and their associations with environments in a community
(Zhengfeng Wang, South China Botanical Garden, CAS)

Section IV: Forest Dynamics under Disturbances
The rainfall gradient in pest pressure
(Tania Brenes, Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatories)

Spatial patterns of carbon stocks in two selected broadleaved evergreen forests under contrasting typhoon disturbance regimes
(JyhMin Chiang, Center for Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity Tunghai University)

Fire frequency, area burned, and severity: A quantitative approach to defining a normal fire year
(James Lutz, University of Washington)

Using demographic models and plot data to predict the transient dynamics of forest systems
(Sean McMahon, Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatories)

Ecophysiology of hemiepiphytic and non-hemiepiphytic Ficus tree species: impacts of hydraulics on plant functioning
(Guangyou Hao, Sustainability Science Program, Center for International Development, Harvard University)

CForBio: Current status and future perspectives
(Keping Ma, Institute of Botany, CAS)

TBA
(Stuart Davies, Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatories)

Contact: Yinan Liu, (86) 10-62836629, yinan@ibcas.ac.cn