Tropical Forest Ecology: A View from Barro Colorado Island

Paperback | April 1, 1998

byEgbert Giles Leigh

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In Tropical Forest Ecology, Egbert G. Leigh, Jr., one of the world's foremost tropical ecologists, introduces readers to the tropical forest and describes the intricate web of interdependence among the great diversity of tropical plants and animals. Focusing on the tropical forest of BarroColorado Island, Panama, Leigh shows what Barro Colorado can tell us about other tropical forests--and what tropical forests can tell us about Barro Colorado. This book considers three essential questions for understanding the ecological organization of tropical forests. How do they stay green with their abundance of herbivores? Why do they have such a diversity of plants and animals? And what role does mutualism play in the ecology of tropical forests?Beautifully written and abundantly illustrated, Tropical Forest Ecology will certainly appeal to a wide variety of scientists in the fields of evolution, tropical biology, botany, zoology, and natural history.

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In Tropical Forest Ecology, Egbert G. Leigh, Jr., one of the world's foremost tropical ecologists, introduces readers to the tropical forest and describes the intricate web of interdependence among the great diversity of tropical plants and animals. Focusing on the tropical forest of BarroColorado Island, Panama, Leigh shows what Barro...

Egbert G. Leigh is at Smithonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 10.91 × 8.5 × 0.51 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195096037

ISBN - 13:9780195096033

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Barro Colorado Island: The Background2. Dramatis Personaie3. Tropical Climates4. Runoff, Erosion, and Soil5. Telling the Trees from the Forest: Tree Shape and Leaf Arrangement6. Biomass and Productivity of Tropical Forest7. The Seasonal Rhythms of Fruiting and Leaf Flush, and the Regulation of Animal Populations8. Tropical Diversity9. The Role of Mutualism in Tropical Forest10. The Rainforest EndangeredName IndexSubject Index

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"Focusing on the climate, structure, and productivity of this well-studied Panamanian rainforest, Leigh discusses three critical issues: why tropical forests are green despite their abundant herbivores, why forests are so diverse, and the importance of mutualistic interactions in the forsts'ecology/"--Science