Ecological research for a living planet
Ecological research for a living planet


Delve into the archives for historic and emerging research publications on African phenology…

New for 2017 / 2018

Adamescu, G.S, et al. 2018. Annual cycles are the most common reproductive strategy in African tropical tree communities. Biotropica 50: 418430.

Babweteera et al. 2018. The ecology of tree reproduction in a medium altitude rain forest. Biotropica 50: 405417.

Bush, E.R. et al., 2017. Fourier analysis to detect phenological cycles using tropical field data and simulations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(5), pp.530–540.   (pdf)

Chapman, C., K. et al. 2018. Solar radiation and ENSO predict fruiting phenology patterns in a 15-year record from Kibale National Park, Uganda. Biotropica 50: 384395.

Dunham, A.E. et al. 2018. Fruiting phenology is linked to rainfall variability in tropical rain forest. Biotropica 50: 396404.

Ouédraogo, D.Y et al. 2018. The size at reproduction of canopy tree species in central Africa. Biotropica 50: 465476.

2010 – 2016

Adole, T., Dash, J. & Atkinson, P.M., 2016. A systematic review of vegetation phenology in Africa. Ecological Informatics, 34, pp.117–128.  (pdf)

Couralet, C. et al., 2013. Phenology in functional groups of central african rainforest trees. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 25(3), pp.361–374.  (pdf)

Guan, K. et al., 2013. Seasonal coupling of canopy structure and function in African tropical forests and its environmental controls. Ecosphere, 4(March), pp.1–21.  (pdf)

Muhanguzi, H.D.R. & Ipulet, P., 2012. Fruiting phenology of fig trees in Kalinzu Forest, Uganda. African Journal of Ecology, 50(1), pp.90–101.

Plumptre, A.J. et al., 2012. Changes in Tree Phenology across Africa : A comparison across 17 sites. WCS Report(pdf)

Plumptre, A.J.  (2012). The Ecological Impact of Long-term Changes in Africa’s Rift Valley. Nova Science Publishers, New York. 308pp.

Polansky, L. & Boesch, C., 2013. Long-term Changes in Fruit Phenology in a West African Lowland Tropical Rain Forest are Not Explained by Rainfall. Biotropica, 45(4), pp.434–440. (pdf)

Polansky, L. & Robbins, M.M., 2013. Generalized additive mixed models for disentangling long-term trends, local anomalies, and seasonality in fruit tree phenology. Ecology and Evolution, 3(9), pp.3141–3151. (pdf)

 Razafindratsima, O.H., Dunham, A.E., 2016. Co-fruiting plant species share similar fruit and seed traits while phylogenetic patterns vary through time. Journal of Ecology. 104(6): 1789-1798. (pdf)

2000 – 2010

Anderson, D.P. et al., 2005. Factors influencing tree phenology in Tai National Park, Cote d’Ivoire. Biotropica, 37(4), pp.631–640. (pdf)

Chapman, C. a. et al., 2005. A long-term evaluation of fruiting phenology: importance of climate change. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 21(2005), pp.31–45. (pdf)

Newbery, D.M., Chuyong, G.B. & Zimmermann, L., 2006. Mast fruiting of large ectomycorrhizal African rain forest trees: importance of dry season intensity and resource-limitation hypothesis. , 170(3), pp.561–579. (pdf)


Pre – 2000

Chapman, C.A. et al., 1999. Fruit and flower phenology at two sites in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 15(September 2000), pp.189–211. (pdf)

Chapman, C., Wrangham, R. & Chapman, L., 1994. Indices of Habitat-Wide Fruit Abundance in Tropical Forest. Biotropica, 26(2), pp.160–171 (pdf).

Lieberman, D., 1982. Seasonality and phenology in a dry tropical forest in Ghana. Journal of Ecology, 70(3), pp.791–806. (pdf)

Tutin, C.E.G. & Fernandez, M., 1993. Relationships between minimum temperature and fruit production in some tropical forest trees in Gabon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 9(2), pp.241–248. (pdf)

Tutin, C.E.G. & White, L.J.T., 1998. Primates, phenology and frugivory: Present, past and future patterns in the Lope Reserve, Gabon. In D. M. Newbery, H. H. T. Prins, & N. Brown, eds. Dynamics of Tropical Communities: 37th Symposium of the British Ecological Society. Oxford: Blackwell Science, pp. 309–338. (google books)

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