Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts / Edition 1

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Overview

Aimed at students studying tropical ecology, this comprehensive guide to the major tropical biomes is unique in its balanced coverage of both aquatic and terrestrial systems. The volume considers the human ecological dimension, covering issues such as population growth, urbanization, agriculture and fisheries, natural resource use, and pollution. It is international in scope and addresses global issues such as conservation of biodiversity, climate change, and the concept of ecological sustainability. The text is supported throughout by boxes containing supplementary material on a range of topics and organisms, mathematical concepts and calculations, and is enlivened with clear line diagrams, maps, and photographs. A cross-referenced glossary, extensive bibliography, and comprehensive index are included as further aids to study.
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"Where the author pauses to explain topics in detail, the writing is excellent and the charts/graphs are illustrative. Clearly, Osborne is a good teacher who has thought carefully about how to best explain tropical ecology using the entire world as his classroom. Recommended."
G.C. Stevens, Choice Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521645232
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick L. Osborne is the Executive Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri, St Louis. He has spent most of his professional life studying and teaching tropical ecology and in 2007 he received the Science Educator Award from the Academy of Science, St Louis for outstanding contributions to science education.
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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations and units; 1. The tropical environment and climate; 2. Dry, hot deserts and environmental factors; 3. Grasslands and primary production; 4. Savanna and population dynamics; 5. Lakes, energy flow and biogeochemical cycling; 6. Rivers, floodplains and estuaries: the river continuum and flood-pulse concepts; 7. Wetlands and succession; 8. Tropical rain forests and biodiversity; 9. Mountains, zonation and community gradients; 10. Mangroves, seagrasses and decomposition; 11. Coral reefs and community ecology; 12. Islands, archipelagos, biogeography and evolutionary ecology; 13. Cities and human ecology; Glossary; References; Index.
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