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Latin American Dendroecology

Combining Tree-Ring Sciences and Ecology in a Megadiverse Territory

  • Marín Pompa-García
  • J. Julio Camarero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ecological Drivers of Tree Radial Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrea Cecilia Acosta-Hernández, Marín Pompa-García, Marcos González-Cásares, José Manuel Zúñiga-Vásquez, José Ciro Hernández-Díaz, José Rodolfo Goche-Telles et al.
      Pages 21-36
    3. Claudio Sergio Lisi, Mariana Alves Pagotto, Claudio Roberto Anholetto Jr., Francisco Carvalho Nogueira Jr., Helberson Lima Santos, Clayane Matos Costa et al.
      Pages 37-59
    4. Marcos González-Cásares, Andrea Cecilia Acosta-Hernández, José Manuel Zúñiga-Vásquez, Gerardo Herrera-Soto, J. Julio Camarero
      Pages 61-75
  3. Dendroecology in Neotropical Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Jorge A. Giraldo, Jorge I. del Valle, Carlos A. Sierra, Omar Melo
      Pages 79-119
    3. Maria Laura Cangiano, Maria Alicia Cendoya, Lucía Verónica Risio-Allione, Stella Marys Bogino
      Pages 121-140
  4. Forest Dynamics, Climate and Disturbances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Ana M. Srur, Mariano M. Amoroso, Ignacio Mundo, Mariano S. Morales, Milagros Rodríguez-Catón, Valeria Aschero et al.
      Pages 171-201
    3. Julián Cerano-Paredes, Iván Molina-Pérez, Gerardo Esquivel-Arriaga, Rosalinda Cervantes-Martínez, José Villanueva-Díaz, Osvaldo Franco-Ramos et al.
      Pages 203-223
    4. Claudia M. Guerrido, Ricardo Villalba, Mariano M. Amoroso, Milagros Rodríguez-Catón
      Pages 225-246
    5. Marín Pompa-García, José Manuel Zúñiga-Vásquez, Eduardo Treviño-Garza
      Pages 247-262
    6. Edilson J. Requena-Rojas, Doris B. Crispín-DelaCruz, Ginette Ticse-Otarola, Harold Rusbelth Quispe-Melgar, Janet G. Inga Guillen, Vladimir Camel Paucar et al.
      Pages 263-279
  5. Forest Management and Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Ignacio A. Mundo, Dino A. Palazzini, Antonio J. Barotto, Guillermo J. Martínez-Pastur, Marcelo D. Barrera
      Pages 317-330
    3. Evangelina Soledad Vettese, Ricardo Villalba, Ivonne Alejandra Orellana Ibáñez, Pablo Luis Peri
      Pages 331-354

About this book


Latin America is a megadiverse territory hosting several hotspots of plant diversity and many types of forest biomes, ecosystems and climate types, from tropical rainforest to semi-arid woodlands. This combination of diverse forests and climates generates multiple responses to ecological changes affecting the structure and functioning of forest ecosystems. Recently, there have been major efforts to improve our understanding of such impacts on ecosystems processes. However, there is a dearth of studies focused on Latin-American forest ecosystems that could provide novel insights into the patterns and mechanisms of ecological processes in response to environmental stress. 
The abundance of “New World” tree species with dendrochronological potential constitutes an ideal opportunity to improve the ecological state of knowledge regarding these diverse forest types, which are often threatened by several impacts such as logging or conversion to agricultural lands. Thus, detailed information on the dendroecology of these species will improve our understanding of forests in the face of global change. Accordingly, this book identifies numerous relevant ecological processes and scales, ranging from tree species to populations and communities, and from both dendrochronological and dendroecological perspectives. It offers a valuable reference guide for the exploration of long-term ecological interactions between trees and their environmental conditions, and will foster further research and international projects on the continent and elsewhere.


Growth rings Magnolia vovidesii climate change Cedrela odorata xylem Dendrochronology Neotropic fire ecology

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniversidad Juárez del Estado de DurangoDurangoMexico
  2. 2.Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC)ZaragozaSpain

About the editors

Dr. Marín Pompa-García is a Professor-Researcher of the Faculty of Forestry Sciences of the UJED and leads the Dendroecology Network in Mexico. His research interests include geospatial analysis and ecology of forestry ecosystems, particularly through the use of tree-ring analysis. This scientific knowledge has been developed with projects funded by external institutions and disseminated through scientific publications. In addition to students, a range of national and international research groups participate in these projects and this collaborative effort has facilitated several academic placements abroad. Dr. Pompa-García is a member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico and has twice been awarded the Durango State Prize for science, technology and innovation.

Dr. J. Julio (Chechu) Camarero is a researcher at the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain. He leads the dendroecology and forest ecology group at the CSIC, where he has established both national and international collaborative networks. An expert on dendroecology and forest ecology, his main research interests include understanding the growth, mortality and recruitment patterns in woody plant communities, particularly forests. He has published more than 250 SCI papers and several book chapters, chiefly in the areas of: forest dieback, treeline dynamics, tree responses to biotic stressors (defoliating insects, fungal pathogens) and xylogenesis (phenology of radial growth). 

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