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Marie-Josee Fortin

University Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Combining network theory and tree functional traits to improve forest resilience to global change

To manage forests as complex adaptive systems, approaches based on resilience, functional diversity, assisted migration, and multi-species plantations can be used. We propose a novel approach to integrate the functionality of species-traits into a functional complex network approach as a flexible and multi-scale way to manage forests for the Anthropocene. This approach takes into consideration the high level of uncertainty associated with future environmental and societal changes. It relies on the quantification and dynamic monitoring of functional diversity and complex network indices to manage forests as a functional complex network. Using this novel approach, the most efficient forest management and silvicultural practices can be determined, as well as at what scale and at what intensity landscape-scale resistance, resilience, and adaptive capacity of forests to global changes can be improved.

Joint RSS Environmental Stats Section (ESS) and TIES speaker


Hayley Fowler, Newcastle University