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Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation

Jaboury Ghazoul and Douglas Sheil

May 2010

ISBN: 9780199285884

536 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £52.00

This is a comprehensive, attractive, and readable introduction to tropical rain forest ecology, biogeography, and management. It tackles the subject at local, regional, and global scales, and is both up-to-date and fully integrated across disciplines.

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This is a comprehensive, attractive, and readable introduction to tropical rain forest ecology, biogeography, and management. It tackles the subject at local, regional, and global scales, and is both up-to-date and fully integrated across disciplines.

  • A comprehensive, attractive, and readable introduction to tropical rain forest ecology and conservation, tackling the subject at local, regional, and global scales
  • Incorporates a vibrant blend of ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation
  • Addresses new developments and controversies in an exciting and accessible manner
  • Extensive use of case studies and text boxes on key themes, supported by a comprehensive and up-to-date reference list

About the Author(s)

Jaboury Ghazoul, Professor of Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich, and Douglas Sheil, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Uganda, and Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

Table of Contents

    1:Tropical Rain Forests: Myths and Inspirations
    SECTION I - The Natural Heritage
    2:An Exuberance of Plant Life
    3:The Great Unseen: Fungi and Microorganisms
    4:More than Monkeys: the Vertebrates
    5:The Little Things: Invertebrates
    SECTION II - Origins, Patterns, and Processes
    6:From the Beginning: Origins and Transformation
    7:Many Rain Forests: Formations and Ecotones
    8:So Many Species, so Many Theories
    9:Processes and Cycles
    10:Plant Form and Function: What it Takes to Survive
    11:The Ever Changing Forest: Disturbance and Dynamics
    12:The Bloomin' Rainforests: How Flowering Plants Reproduce
    13:Nature's Society: Life's Interactions
    SECTION III - Our Future Legacy
    14:Forests in the Anthropocene
    15:People of the Forest: Livelihoods and Welfare
    16:Biodiversity in a Changing World
    17:A Matter for Scientists and Society: Conserving Forested Landscapes
    18:Requiem or Revival
    Bibliography
    Index

Reviews

"Any attempt to write a comprehensive account of all tropical rain forests represents a major commitment in time and expertise and both can be found in this volume. It contains a wealth of valuable information and difficult topics such as competitive exclusion are well discussed." - Janet Sprent, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

"The book is a useful synthesis of a vast array of information." - The Biologist

"Without exception, we all enjoyed this book and felt it was quite an achievement; most readers will be satisfied and challenged by it." - Plant Science Bulletin

"I congratulate the authors for a book that, although technical in nature, reminds us of what we are beginning to understand about the tropical rainforests and inspires even the world-weary to continue the battle to conserve these most diverse of terrestrial systems for their inherent biodiversity value," - Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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