In any scientific field, staying abreast of the scientific literature that is constantly emerging is a full-time job. Not to mention, reading older, still-relevant work. It can feel like one is treading water to simply stay afloat. Here, I summarize some of the my recent favorites to emerge in the field of tropical forest ecology, thus far in 2018. I categorize the papers into three groups related to my interests - roots, tropical forest dynamics & functional traits, and forest modeling, plus a fourth for miscellaneous cool stuff.
Research on roots is rapidly gaining headway, which is encouraging, as I was bit hesitant to focusing my PhD below-ground initially.
*Admittedly, I am not a modeler, however I am gaining a deeper appreciation for that art.
None of these lists are exhaustive, but rather a few of the papers which I have enjoyed reading over the last several months. And, guaranteed there are more to come. Please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments.
Happy reading! ♠️
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James "Aaron" Hogan is an ecologist interested in plant biodiversity, forests and global change.