Population Ecology of Plant Species Subjected to Extractivism: Collection and Data Analysis Methods

  • Juliana Loureiro Almeida Campos
  • Ivanilda Soares Feitosa
  • Ulysses Paulino AlbuquerqueEmail author
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


Extractivism of forest products is an old practice that significantly contributes to the generation of income and subsistence of several traditional peoples and communities around the world. When practiced in an unsustainable manner, this action can compromise the population viability of the extracted species, leading to a decrease in plant populations and, in some cases, cause local extinction. In this chapter, we discuss the main methods and techniques used in research that seek to evaluate the ecological consequences of the extraction of forest products. We present the advantages and limitations of each method and the approaches for analyzing the data collected. Ultimately, it is the researcher’s decision to choose the most appropriate method for their research questions.

Key words

Harvesting effects Population models Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliana Loureiro Almeida Campos
    • 1
  • Ivanilda Soares Feitosa
    • 2
  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia, Programa de Pós-graduação em Etnobiologia e Conservação da NaturezaUniversidade Federal Rural de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos, Departamento de Botânica, Centro de BiociênciasUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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