Rain forests represent the world's richest repository of terrestrial biodiversity, and play a major role in regulating the global climate. They support the livelihoods of a substantial proportion of the world's population and are the source of many internationally traded commodities. They remain (despite decades of conservation attention) increasingly vulnerable to degradation and clearance, with profound though often uncertain future costs to global society.
Understanding the ecology of these diverse biomes, and peoples' dependencies on them, is fundamental to their future management and conservation.
Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation introduces and explores what rain forests are, how they arose, what they contain, how they function, and how humans use and impact them. The book starts by introducing the variety of rain forest plants, fungi, microorganisms, and animals, emphasising the spectacular diversity that is the motivation for their conservation. The central chapters describe the origins of rain forest communities, the variety of rain forest formations,
and their ecology and dynamics. The challenge of explaining the species richness of rain forest communities lies at the heart of ecological theory, and forms a common theme throughout. The book's final section considers historical and current interactions of humans and rain forests. It explores biodiversity
conservation as well as livelihood security for the many communities that are dependent on rain forests - inextricable issues that represent urgent priorities for scientists, conservationists, and policy makers.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 1187 g
Dimensions: 247 x 190 x 27 mm
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 *