Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests: Ecology and Conservation [NOOK Book]

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Though seasonally dry tropical forests are equally as important to global biodiversity as tropical rainforests, and are one of the most representative and highly endangered ecosystems in Latin America, knowledge about them remains limited because of the relative paucity of attention paid to them by scientists and researchers and a lack of published information on the subject. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests seeks to address this shortcoming by bringing together a range of experts in diverse fields including ...
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Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests: Ecology and Conservation

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Overview

Though seasonally dry tropical forests are equally as important to global biodiversity as tropical rainforests, and are one of the most representative and highly endangered ecosystems in Latin America, knowledge about them remains limited because of the relative paucity of attention paid to them by scientists and researchers and a lack of published information on the subject. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests seeks to address this shortcoming by bringing together a range of experts in diverse fields including biology, ecology, biogeography, and biogeochemistry, to review, synthesize, and explain the current state of our collective knowledge on the ecology and conservation of seasonally dry tropical forests. The book offers a synthetic and cross-disciplinary review of recent work with an expansive scope, including sections on distribution, diversity, ecosystem function, and human impacts. Throughout, contributors emphasize conservation issues, particularly emerging threats and promising solutions, with key chapters on climate change, fragmentation, restoration, ecosystem services, and sustainable use. Seasonally dry tropical forests are extremely rich in biodiversity, and are seriously threatened. They represent scientific terrain that is poorly explored, and there is an urgent need for increased understanding of the system's basic ecology. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests represents an important step in bringing together the most current scientific information about this vital ecosystem and disseminating it to the scientific and conservation communities.
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Editorial Reviews

Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund

“Seasonally dry tropical forests, now the most severely threatened of the large tropical ecosystems, once covered more than half of the forested tropics. Just in time, this volume provides detailed, up-to-date information on how to restore these magnificent forests and the critical habitat they provide.”

— Daniel H. Janzen

Chartered Forester

"If you are interested in dry tropical forests, what they are like and what's happening to them, then this book is an excellent starting point."
Biotropica

"Given the state of the global environment and seasonally dry tropical forests in particular, any comprehensive book must consider the role of society as was so effectively done in this new volume...Taken as a whole, and given the strength of the fourth section 'Human Impacts and Conservation,' this book is a necessary addition for the library of scientists and conservation practitioners throughout the tropics."
Quarterly Review of Biology

"In sum, this book offers exceptional insight into the history, characteristics, current status, and future outlook of SDTFs [seasonally dry tropical forests]...This book is a significant contribution to the study of SDTFs and will provide a baseline reference for both new students and experienced researchers."
The International Biogeography Society - Jaboury Ghazoul

"[Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests]...provides a much-needed overview of seasonally dry tropical forests in their respective regions. It is perhaps true that rain forests generally receive the lion's share of researcher and conservation attention, but SDTF are no less fascinating, and equally in need of conservation intervention."
Ecology

"Overall, this latest book on seasonally dry forests is likely to become a major source of reference in years to come. It certainly will occupy a prominent place in my bookshelf."
Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund - Daniel H. Janzen

"Seasonally dry tropical forests, now the most severely threatened of the large tropical ecosystems, once covered more than half of the forested tropics. Just in time, this volume provides detailed, up-to-date information on how to restore these magnificent forests and the critical habitat they provide."
Chartered Forester - Julian Evans
"If you are interested in dry tropical forests, what they are like and what's happening to them, then this book is an excellent starting point."
Biotropica - Sarah Otterstrom
"Given the state of the global environment and seasonally dry tropical forests in particular, any comprehensive book must consider the role of society as was so effectively done in this new volume...Taken as a whole, and given the strength of the fourth section 'Human Impacts and Conservation,' this book is a necessary addition for the library of scientists and conservation practitioners throughout the tropics."
Ecology

"Overall, this latest book on seasonally dry forests is likely to become a major source of reference in years to come. It certainly will occupy a prominent place in my bookshelf."

Chamela Biological Station, National Autonomous University of Mexico - Katherine Renton

"Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests emphasizes the growing impact of human activities on ecological processes in these forests—a topic of critical importance given the high rate of conversion and fragmentation of tropical dry forests around the world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610910217
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Rodolfo Dirzo and Harold A. Mooney are professors, and Hillary S. Young is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology, Stanford University. Gerardo Ceballos is a professor of biology at Instituto de Ecologia, at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Rodolfo Dirzo Hillary S. Young Harold A. Mooney Gerardo Ceballos xi

Part I Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests as a Natural System 1

Chapter 1 Neotropical Seasonally Dry Forests: Diversity, Endemism, Biogeography of Woody Plants Reynaldo Linares-Palomino Ary T. Oliveira-Filho R. Toby Pennington 3

Chapter 2 The Biogeography of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in South America Sofia Caetano Yamama Naciri 23

Chapter 3 Extent and Drivers of Change of Neotropical Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa Carlos Portillo-Quintero 45

Part II Animal Biodiversity of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests 59

Chapter 4 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Soil Diversity and Functioning Diana H. Wall Grizelle González Breana L. Simmons 61

Chapter 5 Insect Diversity in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Paul E. Hanson 71

Chapter 6 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Mammals: Adaptations and Seasonal Patterns Kathryn E. Stoner Robert M. Timm 85

Part III Ecosystem Processes in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests 107

Chapter 7 Primary Productivity and Biogeochemistry of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Víctor J. Jaramillo Angelina Martínez-Yrízar Robert L. Sanford Jr. 109

Chapter 8 Physiological Mechanisms Underlying the Seasonality of Leaf Senescence and Renewal in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Trees Juan Pablo Giraldo N. Michele Holbrook 129

Chapter 9 Water Dynamics at die Ecosystem Level in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Manuel Maass Ana Burgos 141

Part IV Human Impacts and Conservation in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests 157

Chapter 10 Impact of Anthropogenic Transformation of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests on Ecosystem Biogeochemical Processes Felipe García-Oliva Víctor J. Jaramillo 159

Chapter 11 Human Impacts on Pollination, Reproduction, and Breeding Systems in Tropical Forest Plants Mauricio Quesada Fernando Rosas Ramiro Aguilar Lorena Ashworth Víctor M. Rosas-Guerrero Roberto Sayago Jorge A. Lobo Yvonne Herrerías-Diego Gumersindo Sánchez-Montoya 173

Chapter 12 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Biodiversity and Conservation Value in Agricultural Landscapes of Mesoamerica Robin L. Chazdon Celia A. Harvey Miguel Martínez-Ramos Patricia Balvanera Kathryn E. Stoner Jorge E. Schondube Luis Daniel Avila Cabadilla Mónica Flores-Hidalgo 195

Chapter 13 Pasture Recolonization by a Tropical Oak and the Regeneration Ecology of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Jeffrey A. Klemens Nicholas J. Deacon Jeannine Cavender-Bares 221

Chapter 14 Economic Botany and Management Potential of Neotropical Seasonally Dry Forests Charles M. Peters 239

Chapter 15 Ecosystem Services in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Patricia Balvanera Alicia Castillo María José Martínez-Harms 259

Chapter 16 Climatic Change and Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Patrick Meir R. Toby Pennington 279

Chapter 17 Synthesis and Promising Lines of Research on Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests Harold A. Mooney 301

References 307

Contributors 373

Index 383

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