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Fort Collins Science Center: Ecosystem Dynamics

January 1, 2004

Many challenging natural resource management issues require consideration of a web of interactions among ecosystem components. The spatial and temporal complexity of these ecosystem problems demands an interdisciplinary approach integrating biotic and abiotic processes. The goals of the Ecosystem Dynamics Branch are to provide sound science to aid federal resource managers and use long-term, place-focused research and monitoring on federal lands to advance ecosystem science.

Current studies fall into five general areas. Herbivore-Ecosystem Interactions examines the efficacy of multiple controls on selected herbivore populations and cascading effects through predator-herbivore-plant-soil linkages. Riparian Ecology is concerned with interactions among streamflow, fluvial geomorphology, and riparian vegetation. Integrated Fire Science focuses on the effects of fire on plant and animal communities at multiple scales, and on the interactions between post-fire plant, runoff, and erosion processes. Reference Ecosystems comprises long-term, place-based studies of ecosystem biogeochemistry. Finally, Integrated Assessments is investigating how to synthesize multiple ecosystem stressors and responses over complex landscapes in ways that are useful for management and planning.

Publication Year 2004
Title Fort Collins Science Center: Ecosystem Dynamics
DOI 10.3133/fs20043147
Authors Zack Bowen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2004-3147
Index ID fs20043147
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center