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Carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forest regeneration in the Latin American tropics

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Science Advances  13 May 2016:
Vol. 2, no. 5, e1501639
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501639

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vol. 2 no. 5

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  • Received for publication November 13, 2015
  • Accepted for publication April 12, 2016
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  1. Robin L. Chazdon1,2,*,
  2. Eben N. Broadbent3,
  3. Danaë M. A. Rozendaal1,4,5,
  4. Frans Bongers5,
  5. Angélica María Almeyda Zambrano3,
  6. T. Mitchell Aide6,
  7. Patricia Balvanera7,
  8. Justin M. Becknell8,
  9. Vanessa Boukili1,
  10. Pedro H. S. Brancalion9,
  11. Dylan Craven10,11,12,
  12. Jarcilene S. Almeida-Cortez13,
  13. George A. L. Cabral13,
  14. Ben de Jong14,
  15. Julie S. Denslow15,
  16. Daisy H. Dent16,17,
  17. Saara J. DeWalt18,
  18. Juan M. Dupuy19,
  19. Sandra M. Durán20,
  20. Mario M. Espírito-Santo21,
  21. María C. Fandino22,
  22. Ricardo G. César9,
  23. Jefferson S. Hall10,
  24. José Luis Hernández-Stefanoni19,
  25. Catarina C. Jakovac5,23,
  26. André B. Junqueira24,25,26,
  27. Deborah Kennard27,
  28. Susan G. Letcher28,
  29. Madelon Lohbeck5,29,
  30. Miguel Martínez-Ramos7,
  31. Paulo Massoca23,
  32. Jorge A. Meave30,
  33. Rita Mesquita23,
  34. Francisco Mora7,30,
  35. Rodrigo Muñoz30,
  36. Robert Muscarella31,32,
  37. Yule R. F. Nunes21,
  38. Susana Ochoa-Gaona14,
  39. Edith Orihuela-Belmonte14,,
  40. Marielos Peña-Claros5,
  41. Eduardo A. Pérez-García30,
  42. Daniel Piotto33,
  43. Jennifer S. Powers34,
  44. Jorge Rodríguez-Velazquez7,
  45. Isabel Eunice Romero-Pérez30,
  46. Jorge Ruíz35,36,
  47. Juan G. Saldarriaga37,
  48. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa20,
  49. Naomi B. Schwartz31,
  50. Marc K. Steininger38,
  51. Nathan G. Swenson39,
  52. Maria Uriarte31,
  53. Michiel van Breugel10,40,41,
  54. Hans van der Wal42,43,
  55. Maria D. M. Veloso21,
  56. Hans Vester44,
  57. Ima Celia G. Vieira45,
  58. Tony Vizcarra Bentos23,
  59. G. Bruce Williamson23,46 and
  60. Lourens Poorter5
  1. 1Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269–3043, USA.
  2. 2International Institute for Sustainability, Estrada Dona Castorina 124, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22460-320, Brazil.
  3. 3Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA.
  4. 4Department of Biology, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada.
  5. 5Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, Netherlands.
  6. 6Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 23360, San Juan, PR 00931-3360, Puerto Rico.
  7. 7Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CP 58089, Morelia, Michoacán, México.
  8. 8Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.
  9. 9Department of Forest Sciences, “Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo, Av. Pádua Dias, 11, 13418-900 Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil.
  10. 10SI ForestGEO, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Roosevelt Avenue, 401 Balboa, Ancon, Panama.
  11. 11German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, Germany.
  12. 12Institute for Biology, Leipzig University, Johannisallee 21, 04103 Leipzig, Germany.
  13. 13Departamento de Botânica-CCB, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Pernambuco, CEP 50670-901, Brazil.
  14. 14Department of Sustainability Science, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Av. Rancho Polígono 2-A, Ciudad Industrial, Lerma 24500, Campeche, Mexico.
  15. 15Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA.
  16. 16Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Roosevelt Avenue, 401 Balboa, Ancon, Panama.
  17. 17Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK.
  18. 18Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, USA.
  19. 19Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C. Unidad de Recursos Naturales, Calle 43 # 130, Colonia Chuburná de Hidalgo, C.P. 97200, Mérida, Yucatán, México.
  20. 20Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2EG, Canada.
  21. 21Departamento de Biologia Geral, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros, Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, CEP 39401-089, Brazil.
  22. 22Fondo Patrimonio Natural para la Biodiversidad y Areas Protegidas, Calle 72 No. 12-65 piso 6, 110231 Bogota, Colombia.
  23. 23Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Environmental Dynamics Research Coordination, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Manaus, Amazonas, CEP 69067-375, Brazil.
  24. 24Centre for Crop Systems Analysis, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 430, 6700 AK Wageningen, Netherlands.
  25. 25Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 8130, 6700 EW Wageningen, Netherlands.
  26. 26Coordenação de Tecnologia e Inovação, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Av. André Araújo 2936, Aleixo, 69060-001 Manaus, Brazil.
  27. 27Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501, USA.
  28. 28Department of Environmental Studies, Purchase College (SUNY), 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, USA.
  29. 29World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), P.O. Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
  30. 30Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, C.P. 04510, México.
  31. 31Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA.
  32. 32Section of Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus 8000, Denmark.
  33. 33Centro de Formação em Ciências Agroflorestais, Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia, Itabuna-BA, 45613-204, Brazil.
  34. 34Departments of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Biology, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108, USA.
  35. 35School of Social Sciences, Geography Area, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, 150003 Tunja, Colombia.
  36. 36Department of Geography, 4841 Ellison Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA.
  37. 37Cr 5 No 14-05, P.O. Box 412, Cota, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
  38. 38Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.
  39. 39Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.
  40. 40Yale-NUS College, 12 College Avenue West, Singapore 138610, Singapore.
  41. 41Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543, Singapore.
  42. 42Departamento de Agricultura, Sociedad y Ambiente, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Unidad Villahermosa, 86280 Centro, Tabasco, México.
  43. 43Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, 1090 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  44. 44Bonhoeffer College, Bruggertstraat 60, 7545 AX Enschede, Netherlands.
  45. 45Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, C.P. 399, CEP 66040-170, Belém, Pará, Brazil.
  46. 46Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803–1705, USA.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: robin.chazdon{at}uconn.edu
  • Present address: National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change, Periférico 5000, Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04530, México.

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