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Highlight IDTitleResearch Topic(s)YearStation

ID: 196
A Canopy Trimming Experiment in Puerto Rico: the response of litter invertebrate communities to canopy loss and debris deposition in a tropical forest subject to hurricanes

Insects and other invertebrates in leaf litter are important components in decomposition, nutrient cycling, and food webs. As part of larger stu ...

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 324
A socioecological network for a tropical city

Traditional urban research involves tree inventories, census activities, water quality sampling, or socioeconomic studies, all conducted by sepa ...

Principal Investigator : Ariel Lugo

Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF

ID: 16
Assessing Litterfall Trap Bias

Are traps preferentially representing certain kinds of leaf litter

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 17
Avian Diversity in the Agroscapes of Nicaragua's Northern Highlands

Creating biological corridors to sustain biodiversity, while increasing revenue for local farmers

Principal Investigator : Wayne Arendt

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 195
Changes in Structure, Composition, and Nutrients During 15 years of Hurricane-Induced Succession in a Subtropical Wet Forest in Puerto Rico

Quantifying the impacts and recovery of forest resources to hurricanes and multiple disturbances is essential to managing forests in hurricane-p ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 184
Climate and vegetation change in Alaskan tundra.

Studies of tundra vegetation changes in recent decades have predicted an increase in the relative abundance of shrubs in response to climate war ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF

ID: 181
Dams slow decomposition of leaf detritus by eliminating shrimp.

Forest Service sponsored research with the University of Georgia found that the absence of shrimp causes drastic changes to stream ecosystems.

Principal Investigator : Cathy Pringle (U Ga)

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2010IITF

ID: 323
Experimental Forest Network Hosts Nationwide Bee Monitoring Project

There is a widespread perception that populations of pollinating insects in North America are in decline.

Principal Investigator : Sam Droege

Wildlife and Fish2011IITF

ID: 313
Finding Synergistic Approaches for Complex Forest Issues through Global Forest Governance

Despite significant efforts to develop governmental and nongovernmental institutions to address the world's forest problems, there is a sense th ...

Principal Investigator : Kathleen McGinley

Resource Management and Use2011IITF

ID: 18
Forest Regulations are Rigorous throughout much of the Americas, but Implementation Remains a Challenge in Latin America

On paper, Latin America is often stricter on forestry than many States in the United States, but lack of enforcement and compliance continue to ...

Principal Investigator : Kathleen McGinley

Resource Management and Use2012IITF

ID: 325
Integrating Research, Education, and Traditional Knowledge in Ecology

Integrating research and education is a fundamental goal of research institutions and agencies but specific approaches not widely published in e ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF

ID: 310
Managing Tropical Montane Cloud Forests

Over the course of a decade, USFS researchers have collaborated with international researchers to complete research needed to better manage and ...

Principal Investigator : Frederick N. Scatena

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2011IITF

ID: 194
Mapping avian habitat characteristics using cloud-cleared satellite image mosaics

Forest age, vertical structure, disturbance For studies of wintering habitat for the endangered Kirtland's Warbler, scientists from the Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Eileen Helmer

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
2010IITF

ID: 182
Mapping snags and understory shrubs with LiDAR to assess wildlife habitat suitability.

Forest Service scientists evaluated the use of LiDAR data for mapping the presence/absence of understory shrub species and different snag diamet ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 20
New Approaches to Understanding Socioecological Systems in Cities: the San Juan ULTRA Approach



Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz

Resource Management and Use2012IITF

ID: 21
New Study Leads the Way to Detailed Mapping of Tropical Rain Forest Types

Tropical tree communities mapped for Trinidad and Tobago with satellite imagery

Principal Investigator : Eileen Helmer

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 311
Novel secondary forests provide valuable habitat for non-vascular plants

The value of secondary forests dominated by introduced species has been the subject of much debate. Forest Service sponsored research in Puerto ...

Principal Investigator : Ines Sastre

Invasive Species2011IITF

ID: 192
Panama Eco-park: a Protected Urban Forest

A consortium of Panamanian natural resource management agencies have been developing Eco-Park to increase eco-tourism. Forest Service scientists ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Weaver

Outdoor Recreation2010IITF

ID: 29
Photographic Key Determines Age and Gender in Two Thryothorus Wrens From Nicaragua's Pacific Slope

A visual and metric aid to determining age and gender in tropical wrens

Principal Investigator : Wayne Arendt

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 180
Population Dynamics of Big-leaf Mahogany in the Brazilian Amazon

The Mahogany Project seeks to understand what makes big-leaf mahogany 'tick' in southeast Amazonia by monitoring vital rates for all stages of i ...

Principal Investigator : James Grogan (Yale)

Resource Management and Use2010IITF

ID: 193
Preserving the nighttime environment for future generations in Puerto Rico

Currently, Forest Service scientists are helping to monitor the state and extent of artificial light pollution in Puerto Rico. Scientists are cu ...

Principal Investigator : Olga Ramos

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF

ID: 183
Protected areas of Puerto Rico: Terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity protection.

Forest Service scientists have mapped public and private lands designated for special protection in Puerto Rico. We identified 115 terrestrial a ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF

ID: 210
Protecting the Endangered Kirtland's Warbler and Developing Conservation Capacity in The Bahamas

The Kirtland's Warbler, one of North America's most endangered migrant songbirds, has been the focus of intensive federal and state conservation ...

Principal Investigator : Joe Wunderle

Wildlife and Fish2010IITF

ID: 30
Seasonality and Forest Succession in Tropical Watersheds Affects Stream Export

Continuous export of organic matter from mountain streams depends on forested headwaters contributing leaf litter of varied quantity and quality ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2012IITF

ID: 312
Sustainable Management of Big-leaf Mahogany in the Brazilian Amazon

Big-leaf mahogany is by far the most valuable timber species in seasonally dry forests across the southern rim of the Amazon Basin, but much of ...

Principal Investigator : James Grogan

Resource Management and Use2011IITF

ID: 19
The Role of Millipedes in Tropical Ecosystems

The direct and indirect effects on litter of varying lignin content

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil2012IITF