Tuesday seminar July 26th, 2016 at the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center, Ancon:
Announcing the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Tuesday afternoon seminar July 26th, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Earl S. Tupper auditorium:
Speaker: Trevor Caughlin, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida
Title: Spatial models to promote forest landscape restoration in Panama’s Azuero Peninsula
Abstract: Restoring forest to hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land has become a centerpiece of international plans to sequester carbon and conserve biodiversity. Forest landscape restoration will require scaling up ecological knowledge of secondary succession from small-scale field studies to predict forest recovery rates in heterogeneous landscapes. We demonstrate spatial models for reforestation that link ecological field data with satellite imagery to predict barriers to forest succession at the landscape scale. Translating quantitative forecasts into spatially-targeted interventions for restoration will support target goals of reforesting millions of hectares of degraded land and help mitigate global climate change.