New Publication | Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems

2018 publ waterfallThis article published in Ecohydrology identifies key knowledge gaps on vegetation distribution, functional traits, and ecohydrological processes and feedbacks in tropical montane ecosystems. 

Montane ecosystems are known for their high numbers of endemic species, unique climate conditions, and wide variety of ecosystem services such as water supply and carbon storage. Although many ecohydrological and climatic studies of montane environments have been carried out in temperate and boreal regions, few have been done in Neotropical regions. Hence, the objective of this review is to synthesize the existing literature on the main factors (biotic and abiotic) that influence vegetation distribution, functional traits, and ecohydrological processes and feedbacks in tropical montane ecosystems and to identify key knowledge gaps. Most of the literature used includes work conducted in Neotropical montane rainforests, cloud forests, and grass/scrublands (e.g., páramos, punas, and campos de altitude/rupestres).


Luiza Maria T. Aparecido, Grazielle S. Teodoro, Giovanny Mosquera, Mauro Brum, Fernanda de V. Barros, Patricia Vieira Pompeu, Melissa Rodas, Patricio Lazo, Caroline S. Müller, Mark Mulligan, Heidi Asbjornsen, Georgianne W. Moore, Rafael S. Oliveira: Ecohydrological drivers of Neotropical vegetation in montane ecosystems. Ecohydrology (2018). DOI: 10.1002/eco.1932.

The full article is available to download here.