Tropical Montane Forests are the least studied and most vulnerable to warming climates. This DPhil project investigated the effects of environmental parameters on key ecophysiological processes, carbon fluxes and stocks of an Andean Tropical Montane Forest. Cécile examined the interactions between environmental factors (temperature, rainfall, light) and above and belowground forest carbon dynamics on a transect ranging from 3000m (26.4 ºC) to 220m (12.6 ºC), situated in the Kosñipata valley and Tambopata, Peru.
Cécile completed her D.Phil in 2010. It resulted in a number of publications:
Girardin, C.A.J., Malhi, Y., Salinas, N., Net primary productivity patterns from Andes to Amazon, Global Change Biology, 2010.
Palin O.F., Eggleton P., Malhi Y., Girardin C.A.J., Dávila A.R., Parr C.L. Termite Diversity along an Amazon-Andes Elevational Gradient, Biotropica, 2010.
Girardin, C.A.J., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Huaraca Huasco, W., Malhi, Y., Metcalfe, D., Root dynamics along an elevation gradient in tropical Andean forests, in review, Global Biogeochemical Cycles.
Girardin, C.A.J., Manami, M., Feeley, K., Malhi, Y., Silman, M., Salinas, N., A spatio-temporal investigation of the factors controlling aboveground productivity along an elevation gradient in the Peruvian Andes, in review, Biotropica.
Girardin, C.A.J., Malhi, Y., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Durand, L., Zimmerman, M., A spatio-temporal investigation of the factors controlling soil respiration along an elevation gradient in the Peruvian Andes, in prep.
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