Locations Costa Rica
Multiple environmental factors drive spatial variation in canopy nitrogen in Neotropical forests
The tallest trees in this Costa Rican forest are found in certain topographic locations, and those tall trees have unique nitrogen properties.
The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is home to the largest intact lowland tropical forest on the Pacific coastline of the Americas, and is considered a biodiversity mega-hotspot. The forests of the Osa Peninsula contain trees that commonly reach heights of over 50 m, making it one of the highest biomass forests in the Neotropics. The structural complexity and species diversity of the Osa Peninsula has drawn researchers from all over the world, and holds clues to nutrient cycling, evolution and species distribution (to name a few).