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Membres: MarcoMina

Marco Mina

Université du Québec à Montréal Department of Biological Science
141, av. du Président-Kennedy
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H2X 3Y7

Directeur: Christian Messier

Associated scientist
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL 
Birmensdorf, Switzerland

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Project Overview

Resilience-based forest management: Coupling spatially explicit tree-community and landscape models with functional diversity science using network theory (REDEFiNE)

The increasing frequency, intensity, and uncertainty of high-impact disturbance events due to global change are negatively impacting our ability to predict and manage forest growth and dynamics, therefore challenging the capacity to maintain ecological resilience and ecosystem services from forests worldwide. While forest ecosystems are complex adaptive systems, a multi-scale perspective and regional landscape management planning can improve our ability to manage forests under increasing socio-ecological changes. Although several methodological challenges persist, indices of functional diversity, redundancy, connectivity, centrality and modularity calculated at both stand and landscape levels have been increasingly proposed as proxy for quantifying forest resilience under relatively unknown future conditions. This project aims at coupling spatially explicit tree-community and landscape models with functional diversity theory using network theory to identify thresholds levels causing abrupt and undesirable changes in ecosystem state and to determine optimal forest management strategies to maximize ecosystem services and resilience to global change factors. The project will follow three main research steps:

  1. to couple process-based models of stand- and landscape-scale of forest dynamics with functional diversity and network theory,
  2. to evaluate multi-scale management options for resilience, ecosystem services, and functional diversity under scenarios of uncertain disturbances, and
  3. to determine threshold levels of both fragmentation and functional diversity below which the overall resilience of a landscape is threatened under combinations of pulse and press disturbances.

This project will test novel and innovative ways to implement resilience-based forest management for large fragmented forest landscapes that are typical of temperate ecosystems.

The project is financed via a career funding scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation  (Grant N. 175101)


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