At each of our long-term study sites, the following set-up and data collection protocols are in place:

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FOREST DYNAMICS PLOT

  • 4 hectares (200 x 200m)

  • All stems ≥ 10 cm dbh (including lianas)

  • c. 2400 stems, >250 species per plot

  • Recensused at 5-year intervals

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SEED FALL MONITORING GRID

  • 104 x 104m grid area (~1 hectare)

  • 196 seed traps, 14 x 14 grid, 8m apart

  • 0.5m2 trap area, c. 1.2m above ground

  • Year-round monitoring, bi-monthly collection schedule

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RECRUITMENT MONITORING PLOT

  • 100 x 100m central portion (1 hectare)

  • All woody stems ≥ 1m tall
    (palms included, fleshy monocots excluded)

  • c. 9,000 stems, >300 species per plot

  • Recensused at 5-year intervals