A Matrix Model of Tree Population Dynamics

  • Gary S. Hartshorn
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 11)


The purpose of this short paper is to explain how a projection matrix model has been used to describe the population dynamics of a tropical tree species (Hartshorn, 1972). A detailed description of model development and some potential uses of the model will be presented. The tree Pentaclethra macroloba (Willd.) Ktze. (Mimosaceae) is a large canopy species dominating areas of tropical wet forest in the Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica.


Latent Root Matrix Model Initial Matrix Araucaria Forest Lasioderma Serricorne 
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