Size-Specific Tree Mortality Varies with Neighbourhood Crowding and Disturbance in a Montane Nothofagus Forest

Using permanent plot data from Nothofagus forest, New Zealand, where the fates of trees were followed, to examine patterns of size-specific mortality over three consecutive periods spanning 30 years, each characterised by different disturbance, and the strength and direction of neighbourhood crowding effects on size-specific mortality rates.

Hurst, J.M.; Allen, R.B.; Coomes, D.A.; Duncan, R.P.
2011
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Influence of foliar traits on forage selection by introduced red deer in New Zealand

Understanding diet selection is to relate diet choices to the foliar and structural traits of forage species. Using data on diet selection by red deer  in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, we determined the extent to which interspecific differences in the palatability of 46 plant species could be explained by 11 chemical and structural characteristics of plant foliage.

Bee, J.N.; Tanentzap, A.J.; Lee, W.G.; Lavers, R.B.; Mark, A.F.; Mills, J.A.; Coomes, D.A.
2011
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Interspecific relationships among growth, mortality and xylem traits of woody species from New Zealand

Testing the hypotheses that there is a set of inter-related trade-offs linked to the different functions of wood, that these trade-offs have direct consequences for tree growth and survival and that these trade-offs underlie the observed correlations between wood density and demographic rates.

Russo, S.E.; Jenkins, K.L.; Wiser, S.K.; Uriarte, M.; Duncan, R.P.; Coomes, D.A.
2010
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Spatio-temporal feeding selection of red deer in a mountainous landscape

Understanding the dietary consumption and selection of wild populations of generalist herbivores is hampered by the complex array of factors. Here, we determine the influence of habitat, season, and animal density, sex, and age on the diet consumption and selection of 426 red deer (Cervus elaphus scoticus) culled in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

BEE, J.N.; WRIGHT, D.M.; TANENTZAP, A.J.; LEE, W.G.; LAVERS, R.B.; MILLS, J.A.; MARK, A.F.; COOMES, D.A. 
2010
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Landscape-level vegetation recovery from herbivory: progress after four decades of invasive red deer control

Report long-term vegetation changes in permanent plots located in forest, shrubland and grassland communities across a mountain range in southern New Zealand. We test whether 92% reduction in the population of invasive non-indigenous red deer, Cervus elaphus, since 1964 has led to the recovery of deer-preferred species.

Tanentzap, A.J.; Burrows, L.E.; Lee, W.G.; Nugent, G; Maxwell, J.M.; Coomes, D.A.
2009
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The benefits of being in a bad neighbourhood: plant community composition influences red deer foraging decisions

The role of neighbour palatability in affecting foraging of a target plant by large mammalian herbivores using a large-scale field dataset on diet selection by red deer. Examining whether intraspecific variation in browsing of plants can be related to variation in the local abundance of alternative forage species.

Bee, J.N.; Tanentzap, A.J.; Lee, W.G.; Lavers, R.B.; Mark, A.F.; Mills, J.A.; Coomes, D.A.
2009
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Resistance and resilience of New Zealand tree species to browsing

A prominent idea in the literature on plant–herbivore interactions is that fast-growing
species have low resistance but high resilience to herbivory. Fast-growing species are selectively eaten by herbivores but recover quickly following damage. This is an analysis whether this resistance-resilience trade-off applies to New Zealand woody species, which evolved without exposure to mammalian herbivores.

BEE, J.N.; KUNSTLER, G.; COOMES, D.A.
2007
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Disturbances prevent stem size-density distributions in natural forests from following scaling relationships

Enquist and Niklas propose that trees in natural forests have invariant size-density distributions (SDDs) that scale as a -2 power of stem diameter, although early studies described such distributions using negative exponential functions. Using New Zealand and ‘global’ data sets, we demonstrate that neither type of function accurately describes the SDD over the entire diameter range.
Coomes, D.A.; Duncan, R.P.; Allen, R.B.; Truscott, J.
2003

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