Challenges in assessing the effects of forest management on insect communities
Stephen A Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Maine, Department of Biological Sciences, 302 Deering Hall, Orono, ME and Malcolm Hunter, email@example.com, University of Maine, Deaprtment of Wildlife Ecology, 5755 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME.
Studies have been conducted in and around the Penobscot Experimental Forest
in Bradley, Maine from 1995 through the present in order to investigate the
role of forest management practices on insect biological diversity as well
as forest function. In general, sampling and taxonomic challenges have
seriously limited the scope of many studies of this type. The use of
"morphospecies" may well provide insights into the determination of those
taxonomic groups that are sensitive to forest management. However, it may
not be adequate for illuminating the biological mechanisms by which forest
management impacts those species. Studies such as ours illustrate the need
for basic taxonomic and biological investigations which can be used to
understand and evaluate the impacts of harvesting activities.