A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (Second Edition) / Edition 2 by John Kricher | 9780691009742 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (Second Edition) / Edition 2

A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics (Second Edition) / Edition 2

by John Kricher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691009740

ISBN-13: 9780691009742

Pub. Date: 08/16/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

A Neotropical Companion is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. It is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today. Widely praised in its first edition, it remains a book of

Overview

A Neotropical Companion is an extraordinarily readable introduction to the American tropics, the lands of Central and South America, their remarkable rainforests and other ecosystems, and the creatures that live there. It is the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the Neotropics available today. Widely praised in its first edition, it remains a book of unparalleled value to tourists, students, and scientists alike. This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate the abundance of new scientific information that has been produced since it was first published in 1989. Major additions have been made to every chapter, and new chapters have been added on Neotropical ecosystems, human ecology, and the effects of deforestation. Biodiversity and its preservation are discussed throughout the book, and Neotropical evolution is described in detail. This new edition offers all new drawings and photographs, many of them in color.

As enthusiastic readers of the first edition will attest, this is a charming book. Wearing his learning lightly and writing with ease and humor, John Kricher presents the complexities of tropical ecology as accessible and nonintimidating. Kricher is so thoroughly knowledgeable and the book is so complete in its coverage that general readers and ecotourists will not need any other book to help them identify and understand the plants and animals, from birds to bugs, that they will encounter in their travels to the New World tropics. At the same time, it will fascinate armchair travelers and students who may get no closer to the Neotropics than this engagingly written book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691009742
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/16/1999
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded Second
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
377,363
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Personal Note to the Reader
Conversions
Ch. 1Tropical Climates and Ecosystems3
Ch. 2Rainforest Structure and Diversity21
Ch. 3How a Rainforest Functions44
Ch. 4Evolutionary Patterns in the Tropics75
Ch. 5Complexities of Coevolution and Ecology of Fruit126
Ch. 6The Neotropical Pharmacy144
Ch. 7Living Off the Land in the Tropics169
Ch. 8Rivers through Rainforest189
Ch. 9Introduction to the Andes and Tepuis218
Ch. 10Savannas and Dry Forests228
Ch. 11Coastal Ecosystems: Mangroves, Seagrass, and Coral Reefs239
Ch. 12Neotropical Birds251
Ch. 13A Rainforest Bestiary295
Ch. 14Deforestation and Conservation of Biodiversity334
Appendix"And Hey, Let's Be Careful Out There"377
Acronyms389
Glossary390
Neotropical Field Guides and Handbooks396
Recommended Book-Length References399
Literature Cited403
Index435

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