Simulation modeling as a tool for understanding the landscape ecology of the southern pine beetle infestations in Southern Appalachian forests.Author(s): David MArtin Cairns; Charles W. Lafon; Andrew G. Birt; John D. Waldron; Maria Tchakerian; Robert N. Coulson; Weimin Xi; Kier. Klepzig
Source: Geograpy Compass 2/3: 580-599
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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The forests of southeastern North America are influenced by a variety of
disturbances including fire and insect outbreaks. In this paper, we discuss the role
of disturbances in structuring forest landscapes with particular emphasis placed on
the reciprocal interaction between forest structure and outbreaks of the southern
pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann). We highlight work in which we
are currently involved to illustrate the importance and utility of using spatially
explicit forest modeling as a tool for understanding forest–insect interactions and
its potential role in determining management strategies.
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CitationCairns, David MArtin; Lafon, Charles W.; Birt, Andrew G.; Waldron, John D.; Tchakerian, Maria; Coulson, Robert N.; Xi, Weimin; Klepzig, Kier. 2008. Simulation modeling as a tool for understanding the landscape ecology of the southern pine beetle infestations in Southern Appalachian forests. Geograpy Compass 2/3: 580-599
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