SYMP 15 -Theory and Dynamics of Savanna Systems
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We propose to explore the theory underlying the dynamics of diverse savanna systems in order to identify commonalities and suggest directions for development and synthesis of existing savanna theory

Organizer:Brian Beckage, University of Vermont
Co-organizers:Lou Gross, Universtiy of Tennasee
Moderator:Lou Gross, Universtiy of Tennasee
Endorsement:ESA Theoretical Ecology Section

SYMP 15-1Vegetation-fire feedbacks as savanna determinants
B. Beckage, University of Vermont
SYMP 15-2Critical thresholds governing the distribution of savanna and forest in tropical landscapes.
WA Hoffmann, North Carolina State University
SYMP 15-3What can spatial relationships between trees and seedlings tell us about recruitment mechanisms in African savannas? Insights from the Serengeti rainfall gradient.
TM Anderson, Wake Forest University, and RM Holdo, University of Missouri
SYMP 15-4Inverse fitting of heuristic savanna models: An inter-continental and inter-model comparison.
S. Higgins, Goethe University
SYMP 15-5Dynamics of the encroachment process: Biologically-based models of aerial image data give surprisingly simple results.
NL Fowler, and AV GonzŠlez, University of Texas at Austin
SYMP 15-6Resources and disturbance predict sapling growth strategies in savannas.
AC Staver, SA Levin, Princeton University
SYMP 15-7Using adaptive vegetation modelling to forecast the global potential for the savanna biome on paleo-ecological time scales.
S Scheiter, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (LOEWE-BiK-F), and SI Higgins, Universitšt Frankfurt A.M.
SYMP 15-8Engineering of fire by savanna trees can facilitate high plant species biodiversity.
WJ Platt, III, and KE Harms, Louisiana State University.