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Symposium: Population and community dynamics in the tropics

Paul van Gardingen PAULVG at srv0.bio.ed.ac.uk
Thu Nov 16 22:47:55 EST 1995

      'Population and community dynamics in the tropics'

          British Ecological Society Annual Symposium

                Cambridge University,
                   United Kingdom,
                   1-3 April 1996


Organized by Dr D M Newbery, Unit of Tropical Forest Ecology,
Department of Biological & Molecular Sciences, University of
Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK 

Tel: +44 (0) 1786-467809,
Fax: +44 (0) 1786-466893, 

email: d.m.newbery at stirling.ac.uk 
[BES Tropical Group Secretary]

Local Organizer: Dr E V J Tanner, Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EA. 

Tel: +44 (0) 1223-333912, 
Fax: +44 (0) 1223-333953, 
email: evt1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk.

Editors: Newbery  DM,  Prins HHT & Brown ND


Monday 1 April
     Session 1. Plant community processes

09.00 Introduction

09.05 P S ASHTON (University of Harvard, USA)
     Niche specificity among tropical rain forest trees: An
     integrative population approach

09.45 F BONGERS & FJ STERCK (Wageningen Agricultural University,
     Architecture, allometry and allocation of tropical rain
     forest species

10.25 Coffee

11.00 JM OLESON1 & S S Renner2(Universities of Aarhus1, Denmark
     & Mainz2, Germany)
     Effects of habitat fragmentation on plant reproductive 

success in the tropics

11.40 P J GRUBB (University of Cambridge, UK)
     A revised perspective on the significance of mass and
     nutrient content of seeds and fruits in tropical rain forest

12.30 Summary

12.40 Lunch

     Session 2. Animal community processes

14.00 Introduction

14.05 P JONES (University of Edinburgh, UK)
     Bird community dynamics in Africa in response to seasonal
     rainfall patterns and long-term climate change

14.45 K E LINSENMAIR (University of W*rzburg, Germany)
     How to cope with strongly changing and little predictable
     ecological conditions in African savanna habitats: studies
     into the ecophysiology of some reedfrogs

15.25 Tea

          Oxford, UK)
     Slow turbulance of communities in the deeply flooding
     Amazon: effects of species richness

16.40 R HENGEVELD (Wageningen Agricultural University,
     Expected changes in range dynamics of invertebrates

17.20 Summary  Tuesday 2 April
     Session 3. Plant population dynamics

09.00 Introduction

09.05 M D SWAINE & E M VEENENDAAL (University of Aberdeen, UK)
     Limits to species distribution in lowland tropical forest

09.45 D M NEWBERY1 & N C SONGWE2(University of Stirling,UK1, and
     WWF Korup2, Cameroon)
     Spatial dynamics, phenology and regeneration in a tropical
     African forest.

10.25 Coffee

11.00 R. ZAGT & M J A WERGER (University of Utrecht, The
     Seedling demography and community structure in moist
     neotropical lowland forest

11.40 N D BROWN & S JENNINGS (University of Oxford, UK)
     Interactions between seedling banks and the magnitude and
     frequency of forest disturbance

12.20 Summary

12.30 Lunch

     Session 4. Animal population dynamics

14.00 Introduction

14.05 J HOLLOWAY (International Institute of Entomology, London,
     The impact of traditional and modern cultivation practices,
     including forestry, on Lepidoptera diversity in Malaysia and

14.45 S MDUMA1, R HILBORN2 & ARE SINCLAIR1 (Universities of
     Vancouver1, Canada, and Washington, USA2)
     The limitations of exploitation of large tropical mammals

15.25 Tea

16.00 N V C POLUNIN & BE BROWN (University of Newcastle, UK)
     Dynamics of coral reef populations and communities

16.40 Summary

16.50 Posters
Wednesday 3 April
     Session 5. Plant-animal interactions

09.00 Introduction

09.05 CEG TUTIN1,2 & L WHITE2 (University of Stirling1, UK and
     Centre International de Recherches Medicales2, Franceville,
     Primates, phenology and frugivory

09.45 HHT PRINS & H OLFF (Wageningen Agricultural University, The
     Changes in large herbivore assemblages in response to
     external factors

10.25 Coffee

11.00 D HAMMOND & VK BROWN (International Institute for
     Entomology, London, UK)
     Disturbance, phenology and life-history characteristics as
     factors influencing invertebrate attack on dispersed seeds
     and seedlings of neotropical trees

11.40  P M FORGET, T MILLERON & F FEER (CNRS, Brunoy, France)
     Spatiotemporal patterns in post-dispersal seed removal by
     neotropical rodents: predation or secondary dispersal?

12.20 Summary

12.30 Lunch

Session 6. Large-scale vegetation dynamics

14.00 Introduction

14.05 J GIGNOUX & J C MENAUT (CNRS, Paris, France)
     Modelling tree community dynamics in African savannas

14.45 T C WHITMORE1 & D F R P BURSLEM2 (Universities of
     Cambridge1, UK, and Aberdeen2, UK)
     Large-scale disturbances in tropical rain forests

15.25 Tea

16.00 R J WHITTAKER & S SCHMITT (University of Oxford, UK)
     Disturbance and succession on Krakatau
     (to be confirmed)

16.40 E J V TANNER & V KAPOS (University of Cambridge, UK)
     Tropical forests - spatial pattern and change with time

17.20 Summary

17.30 Conclusion and Final Discussion


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