A Matrix Model of Tree Population Dynamics

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The purpose of this short paper is to explain how a projection matrix model has been used to describe the population dynamics of a tropical tree species (Hartshorn, 1972). A detailed description of model development and some potential uses of the model will be presented. The tree Pentaclethra macroloba (Willd.) Ktze. (Mimosaceae) is a large canopy species dominating areas of tropical wet forest in the Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica.