Terrestrial Vegetation Dynamics

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Plant communities are the foundation for terrestrial trophic webs and animal habitat, and their structure and species composition are a result of biological and physical drivers. Additionally, they have a major role in geologic, geomorphic and soil development processes. Several global and regional stressors (for example, climate change, atmospheric and precipitation chemistry, introduced pests, pathogens, invasive species, and forest harvest) threaten forest structure, species composition and abundance, thereby threatening the quality and quantity of habitat for terrestrial birds and wildlife. Addressing questions regarding vegetation dynamics is fundamental to effective management of ecosystems.