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The Recovery and Ecological Succession of the Tropical Montserrat Flora from Periodic Volcanic Eruptions

The island of Montserrat, located in the British West Indies, experiences periodic volcanic eruptions that destroy major regions of the indigenous plant life and leaves lasting damage from volcanic pollution. This project intends to model the process that occurs as this damaged tropical ecosystem recovers from volcanic eruptions. We will use a stochastic model to study the ecological succession after volcanic disturbances. We expect to see a redistribution of the diversity of plant life according to the different levels of devastation. The simulations of recovery should show that after a period of time, a large region of the recovered plant life will reach an equilibrium without risk of extinction.

Article Number:
BU-1513-M

Year:
1998

Authors:
Daniella Costo, California State University Sacramento
Lisa Denogean, California Polytechnic State University Pomona
Akuba Dolphyne, Wellesley College
Carrie Mello, University of California Riverside
Carlos Castillo-Garsow, Cornell University

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