Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation

Paperback | June 13, 2010

byJaboury Ghazoul, Douglas Sheil

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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. Theyremain (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 futuremanagement 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 forestcommunities 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 dependenton rain forests - inextricable issues that represent urgent priorities for scientists, conservationists, and policy makers.

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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. Theyremain (despite decades of conservation attentio...

Jaboury Ghazoul's first encounter with tropical rain forests in 1993 was a prolonged one, spending one year living rough in the forests of Vietnam where his scientific subjects were disturbingly close. It was during this year that he learnt to distinguish the sound of a chainsaw from the call of a cicada. Imbued with such knowledge an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:June 13, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199285888

ISBN - 13:9780199285884

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Table of Contents

1. Tropical Rain Forests: Myths and InspirationsSection I - The Natural Heritage2. An Exuberance of Plant Life3. The Great Unseen: Fungi and Microorganisms4. More than Monkeys: the Vertebrates5. The Little Things: InvertebratesSection II - Origins, Patterns, and Processes6. From the Beginning: Origins and Transformation7. Many Rain Forests: Formations and Ecotones8. So Many Species, so Many Theories9. Processes and Cycles10. Plant Form and Function: What it Takes to Survive11. The Ever Changing Forest: Disturbance and Dynamics12. The Bloomin' Rainforests: How Flowering Plants Reproduce13. Nature's Society: Life's InteractionsSection III - Our Future Legacy14. Forests in the Anthropocene15. People of the Forest: Livelihoods and Welfare16. Biodiversity in a Changing World17. A Matter for Scientists and Society: Conserving Forested Landscapes18. Requiem or RevivalBibliographyIndex