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Miguel Muñoz Mazon currently works at the Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes group at TUM. Miguel does research in forest ecology, focusing in the effect of biotic interactions and disturbances on the dynamics of forests.
December 2020 - May 2021
June 2015 - November 2015
Context Tropical mountains are hotspots of plant diversity, with a remarkable density of narrow ranged and endemic species. To develop effective in situ strategies for the conservation of species under changing climatic conditions we need to understand the mechanisms that shape their distributions. Objectives We explore how disturbance shapes the...
In theory, canopy openings can influence tree species establishment and resulting distributions over environmental gradients, but evidence concerning the magnitude and direction of such effects remain scarce. In this study we examine how canopy openings influence seedling persistence and growth and resulting elevation range limits. We transplanted...
Aim We examined tree beta‐diversity in four biogeographical regions with contrasting environmental conditions, latitude, and diversity. We tested: (1) the influence of the species pool on beta‐diversity; (2) the relative contribution of niche‐based and dispersal‐based assembly to beta‐diversity; and (3) differences in the importance of these two as...
Clarifying how forests vary with elevation can inform our understanding of forests and their responses to climate. Despite the prevalence of secondary forests (defined as regrowth after disturbance), few studies have examined how their structure and recovery vary with elevation. Here, in apparently the first study of its kind, we explored how basal...
Aim: To understand how disturbance-here defined as a transient reduction in competition-can shape plant distributions along elevation gradients. Theory suggests that disturbance may increase elevation ranges, especially at the lower range limits, through reduced competitive exclusion. Nevertheless, to date this relationship remains unclear. Locat...