Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation

ISBN-10: 0199285888
ISBN-13: 9780199285884
Edition: 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

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 theecology 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 biodiversityconservation 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.

Tropical Rain Forests: Myths and Inspirations
The Natural Heritage
An Exuberance of Plant Life
The Great Unseen: Fungi and Microorganisms
More than Monkeys: the Vertebrates
The Little Things: Invertebrates
Origins, Patterns, and Processes
From the Beginning: Origins and Transformation
Many Rain Forests: Formations and Ecotones
So Many Species, so Many Theories
Processes and Cycles
Plant Form and Function: What it Takes to Survive
The Ever Changing Forest: Disturbance and Dynamics
The Bloomin' Rainforests: How Flowering Plants Reproduce
Nature's Society: Life's Interactions
Our Future Legacy
Forests in the Anthropocene
People of the Forest: Livelihoods and Welfare
Biodiversity in a Changing World
A Matter for Scientists and Society: Conserving Forested Landscapes
Requiem or Revival
Bibliography
Index

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