Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries

Robin L. Chazdon, T. C. Whitmore, Timothy Charles Whitmore
University of Chicago Press, 2002 - 862 páginas
Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology presents a timely collection of pioneering work in the study of these diverse and fascinating ecosystems. Modeled on the highly successful Foundations of Ecology, this book consists of facsimiles of papers chosen by world experts in tropical biology as the "classics" in the field. The papers are organized into sections on related topics, each introduced with a discussion of their role in triggering subsequent research. Topics covered include ecological and evolutionary perspectives on the origins of tropical diversity; plant-animal interactions; patterns of species diversity and distribution of arthropods, vertebrates, and plants; forest dynamics and ecosystem ecology; conservation biology; and tropical forest management.

Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology makes essential works in the development of tropical biology available in a convenient form to both senior scholars interested in the roots of their discipline and to students encountering the field for the first time, as well as to everyone concerned with tropical conservation.

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PART ONE Tropical Naturalists of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries
PART TWO What Shaped Tropical Biotas as We See Them Today?
PART THREE Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives on the Origins of Tropical Diversity
PART FOUR PlantAnimal Interactions and Community Structure
PART FIVE Coevolution
PART SIX Case Studies of Arthropod Diversity and Distribution
PART SEVEN Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity
PART EIGHT Floristic Composition and Species Richness
PART NINE Forest Dynamics and Regeneration
PART TEN Ecosystem Ecology in the Tropics
PART ELEVEN Human Impact and Species Extinction
PART TWELVE Securing a Sustainable Future for Tropical Moist Forests
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Robin L. Chazdon is a professor in the Department of Ecology and the Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and coeditor of Tropical Forest Plan Ecophysiology. T. C. Whitmore is an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and the author of seven books, including An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests.

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