Domain Forest Resilience Paper Published
Our paper, "Differential resistance to tree species loss between two dominant communities in a resilient southeastern landscape" was just published in the Natural Areas Journal (vol 32, issue 2). Lab alumni, Leighton Reid (C'06) and Callie Oldfield (C'15) were co-authors. Quote from our paper was featured on the cover of the journal. The concept of resiliency is commonly used by both land managers and ecologists when referring to the ability of landscapes to retain biodiversity over time. Since landscapes are often composed of multiple, juxtaposed communities, it is possible that resiliency may vary considerably within a given landscape. Our paper examined this question using long-term vegetation plot data from two adjacent forest communities at Dick Cove , a U.S. National Park Service recognized National Natural Landmark on the University of the South Domain. The Cumberland Plateau landscape has been designated by the Nature Conservancy and the Open Space Institute as being highly resilient. By operationalizing the concept of resiliency using long-term data, we showed that the two major forest types associated with the Cumberland Plateau landscape differed in their ability to retain woody plant species over time. Our results highlighted the need for land managers to consider community level variation in resiliency when addressing biodiversity conservation at the landscape level. This paper represents the first study to address the concept of forest resiliency on the Cumberland Plateau and is a follow-up study to a paper that Leighton and I published in 2008.