Trends in studies of edge influence on vegetation at human created and natural forest edges across time and space

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dc.creator Franklin, Caroline M.A.
dc.creator Harper, Karen A., 1969-
dc.creator Clarke, Madeline J.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-29T13:41:39Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-29T13:41:39Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02-01
dc.identifier.issn 0045-5067
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/29940
dc.description Submitted Version en_CA
dc.description.abstract Forest edges, or boundaries between adjacent ecosystems, play important ecological roles. Both anthropogenic and natural forest edges affect vegetation while contributing to landscape heterogeneity. The recent proliferation of studies on vegetation at edges suggests that a comprehensive review of global edge studies is timely. We reviewed the literature on forest edges to identify trends in edge studies over time, determine types and localities of studied edges, and compare findings on edge influence. We found 446 studies conducted in 55 different countries that considered edge influence on vegetation structure and (or) composition. Research on vegetation at anthropogenic edges has increased and expanded geographically, but studies are still scarce in some areas and at natural forest edges. Forest edges were generally characterized by greater species diversity and nonnative species abundance than interior forest. Distance of edge influence on vegetation extended furthest at tropical anthropogenic forest edges compared with other edge types and locations. Edge influence on responses caused by indirect effects of edges generally extended further into the forest than edge influence on responses related to forest structure. Our findings indicate that vegetation characteristics differ between edge and forest types and should be considered in the sustainable management of heterogeneous forested landscapes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher NRC Research Press en_CA
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2020-0308
dc.rights © 2021 NRC Canada
dc.title Trends in studies of edge influence on vegetation at human created and natural forest edges across time and space en_CA
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dcterms.bibliographicCitation Canadian Journal of Forest Research 51(2), 274-282. (2021) en_CA
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