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Tropical Ecology (ISE)

by John Kricher Princeton University Press
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Hbk 704 pages
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This full-color illustrated textbook offers the first comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of tropical ecology. It explains why the world's tropical rain forests are so universally rich in species, what factors may contribute to high species richness, how nutrient cycles affect rain forest ecology, and how ecologists investigate the complex interrelationships among flora and fauna. It covers tropical montane ecology, riverine ecosystems, savanna, dry forest--and more. Tropical Ecology begins with a historical overview followed by a sweeping discussion of biogeography and evolution, and then introduces students to the unique and complex structure of tropical rain forests. Other topics include the processes that influence everything from species richness to rates of photosynthesis; how global climate change may affect rain forest characteristics and function; how fragmentation of ecosystems affects species richness and ecological processes; human ecology in the tropics; biodiversity; and conservation of tropical ecosystems and species. Drawing on real-world examples taken from actual research, Tropical Ecology is the best textbook on the subject for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Offers the first comprehensive introduction to tropical ecology Describes all the major kinds of tropical terrestrial ecosystems Explains species diversity, evolutionary processes, and coevolutionary interactions Features numerous color illustrations and examples from actual research Covers global warming, deforestation, reforestation, fragmentation, and conservation The essential textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students Suitable for courses with a field component



Chapter 1: What and Where Are the Tropics? 6

Chapter 2: Biogeography and Evolution in the Tropics 38

Chapter 3: Inside Tropical Rain Forests: Structure 79

Chapter 4: Inside Tropical Rain Forests: Biodiversity 109

Chapter 5: A Study in Biodiversity: Rain Forest Tree Species Richness 154

Chapter 6: A Shifting Mosaic: Rain Forest Development and Dynamics 188

Chapter 7: Biotic Interactions and Coevolution in Tropical Rain Forests 227

Chapter 8: Trophic Dynamics in Evolutionary Context 272

Chapter 9: Carbon Flux and Climate Change in Tropical Ecosystems 323

Chapter 10: Nutrient Cycling and Tropical Soils 359

Chapter 11: Tropical Savannas and Dry Forests 390

Chapter 12: Other Tropical Ecosystems: From the Mountains to the Rivers to the Sea 422

Chapter 13: Humans as Part of Tropical Ecosystems: Focus on the Neotropics 469

Chapter 14: Forest Fragmentation and Biodiversity 500

Chapter 15: Conservation Outlook for the Tropics 530





"This is an excellent book that fills a significant need for a course text to accompany both upper-level lecture classes and field courses in tropical ecology. Kricher has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural history of tropical organisms. I feel confident that this book will be adopted widely."'James Dalling, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
John Kricher is professor of biology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. His books include