Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Oak Forests / Edition 1

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This comprehensive synthesis systematically covers the entire range of natural and managed oak forests in the highlands of tropical America. Originally, these forests were widely distributed, but largely through human impact large parts have disappeared and the remaining patches are under increasing threat.

For the first time, aspects as diverse as the paleo-ecology, biogeography, stand structure and composition, biodiversity, population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, fragmentation and recovery, conservation and sustainable use of Neotropical montane oak forests are treated in a coherent manner. Providing a thorough understanding of ecological patterns and processes that determine the structure and functioning of these magnificent forests, this volume can serve as a sound basis for sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in general.

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"This volume is a highly valuable, almost complete contribution to the study of these widespread oak mountain ecosystems. … The present volume synthesises an impressive amount of data and information in many ways. It provides a very sound basis for future research … . In general, it is a remarkable volume of the ‘Ecological Studies’ series, which would deserve a wider distribution." (Siegmar-W. Breckle, Phyoenologia, Vol. 37 (2), 2007)

"This book summarizes current knowledge about neotropical montane oak ecosystems. … This book will be great value to managers, researchers, teachers, and students who work in the Americas neotropical montane region. It also will be valuable to ecologists, forest managers, and researchers throughout the world … ." (Brain Roy Lockhart, Mountain Research & Development, Vol. 27 (3), 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642066955
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Ecological Studies Series, #185
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Neotropical montane oak forests 1. Global and Neotropical distribution and diversity of oak (genus Quercus) and oak forests Kevin C. Nixon Part II Paleo-ecology and biogeography 2. Immigration of oak into northern South America: a paleo-ecological document Henry Hooghiemstra 3. Effects of the Younger Dryas cooling event on Late Quaternary montane oak forest in Costa Rica Gerald A. Islebe and Henry Hooghiemstra 4. Altitudinal zonation of montane oak forests along climate and soil gradients in Costa Rica Maarten Kappelle and Jan-Gerrit van Uffelen 5. Saprotrophic and ectomycorrhizal macrofungi of Costa Rican oak forests Gregory M. Mueller, Roy E. Halling, Julieta Carranza, Milagro Mata, and John P. Schmit 6. Diversity and biogeography of lichens in neotropical montane oak forests Harrie J. M. Sipman 7. Epiphytic communities of bryophytes and macrolichens in a Costa Rican montane oak forest Ingo Holz Part III Stand structure and composition 8. Composition and structure of humid montane oak forests at different sites in central and eastern Mexico Isolda Luna Vega, Othón Alcántara Ayala, Carlos Alberto Ruiz-Jiménez, and Raúl Contreras-Medina 9. Oak forests of the hyper-humid region of La Chinantla, northern Oaxaca Range, Mexico Jorge A. Meave, Armando Rincón and Marco A. Romero-Romero 10. Structure and composition of Costa Rican montane oak forests Maarten Kappelle 11. Structure and composition of Colombian montane oak forests María T. Pulido, Jaime Cavelier, and Sandra P. Corte's Part IV Population dynamics 12. Regeneration and population dynamics of Quercus rugosa at the Ajusco Volcano, Mexico Consuelo Bonfil 13. Ecology of acorn dispersalby small mammals in montane forests of Chiapas, Mexico Fabiola López Barrera and Robert H. Manson 14. Establishment, survival and growth of tree seedlings under successional montane oak forests in Chiapas, Mexico Neptalí Ramírez-Marcial, Angélica Camacho-Cruz, Mario González-Espinosa, and Fabiola López-Barrera 15. Population structures of two understory plant species along an altitudinal gradient in Costa Rican montane oak forests Thomas V.M. Groot, Marc Stift, J. Gerard B. Oostermeijer, Antoine M. Cleef, and Maarten Kappelle Part V Ecosystem disturbance and regeneration 16. Secondary Succession in montane pine-oak forests of Chiapas, Mexico Mario González-Espinosa, Neptalí Ramírez-Marcial, and Luis Galindo-Jaimes 17. Changes in diversity and structure along a successional gradient in a Costa Rican montane oak forest Maarten Kappelle 18. Regeneration dynamics in a Costa Rican montane oak forest after reduced-impact logging Manuel R. Guariguata, Grace P. Sáenz, and Lucio Pedroni 19. Growth and physiological responses of oak, pine and shrub seedlings to edge gradients in a fragmented Mexican montane oak forest Heidi Asbjornsen, K.A. Vogt, and P.M.S. Ashton 20. Morphological variations of gall-forming insects on different species of oaks (Quercus) in Mexico Ken Oyama, C. Scareli-Santos, M.L. Mondragón-Sánchez, E. Tovar-Sánchez, and P. Cuevas-Reyes 21. Above-ground water and nutrient fluxes in three successional stages of Costa Rican montane oak forest with contrasting epiphyte abundance Lars Köhler, Dirk Hölscher, and Christoph Leuschner 22. Changes in fine root system size and structure during secondary succession in a Costa Rican montane oak forest Dietrich Hertel, Dirk Hölscher, Lars Köhler, and Christoph Leuschner 23. Soil seed bank changes along a forest

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