Diversity and disturbance in a Colorado subalpine forest

M. Savage, Mary Reid, T. T. Veblen

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In 1974, hurricane-force-winds created a blowdown with three types of canopy condition - severely disturbed, moderately disturbed, and lightly disturbed. The stand canopy with intermediate damage had higher numbers of both understory species and individuals, as well as higher beta diversity compared with other sites. This suggests that intermediate levels of disturbance severity may offer more microhabitats, at least temporarily, for a wider range of species. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-249
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Savage, M., Reid, M., & Veblen, T. T. (1992). Diversity and disturbance in a Colorado subalpine forest. Physical Geography, 13(3), 240-249.