Moose and the dynamics of boreal ecosystems and landscapes

John J Pastor, Yosef Cohen, R. A. Moen

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Selective browsing by moose (Alces alces) on hardwoods was found to increase the dominance of spruce (Picea glauca, P. mariana), consequently depressing soil nitrogen. These effects were distributed nonrandomly across the landscape and derived from the effects of browsing on plant composition and distribution of litterfall. An explicitly spatial simulation model of a foraging moose showed that browsing by individual moose imposes structure on initially random landscapes, and landscape structure and the energetic status of the moose depends greatly on the foraging strategy used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNCASI Technical Bulletin
Number of pages1
StatePublished - May 1 1999


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