Drivers of Degradation and Regeneration in Human-Dominated Forest Patches

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 210G (San Jose Convention Center)
Ashwini Chhatre,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Forest patches, small and large, have been an important feature of human-domination landscapes in the tropics. Ranging in size from a few hectares to a few thousand, these forests serve as refugia for species of conservation concern, perform important ecological functions, while also supporting rural livelihoods. This presentation uses field data from 242 forests across 15 tropical countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to investigate the human drivers of forest degradation and regeneration.