The Ecology of Tropical East Asia

Paperback | September 21, 2014

byRichard T. Corlett

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Tropical East Asia is home to over one billion people and faces massive human impacts from its rising population and rapid economic growth. It has already lost more than two-thirds of its forest cover and has the highest rates of deforestation and logging in the tropics. Hunting, coupled withthe relentless trade in wildlife products, threatens all its large and many of its smaller vertebrates. Despite these problems, the region still supports an estimated 15-25% of global terrestrial biodiversity and is therefore a key area for conservation. Effective conservation action depends on aclear understanding of the ecological patterns and processes in the region.The first edition of The Ecology of Tropical East Asia was the first book to describe the terrestrial ecology of the entire East Asian tropics and subtropics, from southern China to western Indonesia. This second edition updates the contents and extends the coverage to include the very similarecosystems of northeast India and Bhutan. The book deals with plants, animals, and the ecosystems they inhabit, as well as the diverse threats to their survival and the options for conservation. It provides the background knowledge of the region's ecology needed by both specialists andnon-specialists to put their own work into a broader context. The accessible style, comprehensive coverage, and engaging illustrations make this advanced textbook an essential read for senior undergraduate and graduate level students studying the terrestrial ecology of the East Asian tropics, aswell as an authoritative reference for professional ecologists, conservationists, and interested amateurs worldwide.

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Tropical East Asia is home to over one billion people and faces massive human impacts from its rising population and rapid economic growth. It has already lost more than two-thirds of its forest cover and has the highest rates of deforestation and logging in the tropics. Hunting, coupled withthe relentless trade in wildlife products, t...

Richard Corlett obtained his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 1974, followed by a PhD in plant ecology at the Australian National University, with fieldwork in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He has subsequently held teaching posts at the University of Chiang Mai (1980-82), National University of Singapore (1982-87, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968135X

ISBN - 13:9780199681358

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Table of Contents

1. Environmental history2. Physical geography3. Biogeography4. The ecology of plants: from seed to seed5. The ecology of animals: foods and feeding6. Energy and nutrients7. Threats to biodiversity8. Conservation: saving all the pieces

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"A thoughtful undergraduate will find a lot of good material in this book." --Bulletin of British Ecological Society