Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison

Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison

by Richard B. Primack, Richard T. Corlett
     
 

The popular view of the tropical rainforest as a monolithic tangle of rain-soaked trees, vines, birds, monkeys and big cats is a widespread myth. Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison explodes that myth by showing that rain forests in different tropical regions are unique despite superficial similarities.

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Overview

The popular view of the tropical rainforest as a monolithic tangle of rain-soaked trees, vines, birds, monkeys and big cats is a widespread myth. Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison explodes that myth by showing that rain forests in different tropical regions are unique despite superficial similarities.

Throughout the book the distinctive characteristics of rain forests in tropical Asia, tropical America, Africa, Madagascar, New Guinea, and Australia are emphasized. After an introduction to the climate, biogeographic history and environment of tropical rain forests, successive chapters are devoted to plants, primates, other mammals, birds, canopy animals and insects. The final chapter considers the impact of people on tropical forests and discusses conservation strategies that, based upon the characteristics of particular regions rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, may prove more effective in preserving different forest ecosystems.

This exciting new book, filled with natural history examples, figures and stunning photographs, will be invaluable reading for undergraduate students in a wide range of courses. The book’s comparative approach also poses many questions that will be of special interest to researchers and advanced students.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is suitable reading for a wide range of students (e.g. biology, anthropology, forestry), and while surveying large parts of recent ecological literature useful for specialists as well." (BLUMEA, April 2010)

"This is an excellent text with much to recommend it. The structure is clear and the key points are accessible even to the beginner. There are some great photographs with a large section of colour images showing something of the splendour of the forests. Perhaps its best attribute is the freshness it brings to the topic by virtue of the perspective it takes. There's so much written on rain forests that this novel approach is valuable. It should be seen as a key text for those teaching this area of ecology."
British Ecological Society's Teaching Ecology Group

"Richard Primack and Richard Corlett make a convincing case that tropical rainforests in the five principal ecoregions have major differences that must be taken into account both for setting research priorities and for addressing local, regional, and national conservation objectives....This may become the most important book on tropical forests published in the first decade of the 21st century."
BioScience, March 2006

"Overall this is one of the most readable and insightful books on rain forests that I've come across. It is understandable to an amateur natural historian and has enough meat to satisfy the most demanding student. Even if you have no academic interest in rain forests it is well worth reading".
British Ecological Society Bulletin

“This fascinating book provides a fresh look at the ecology of our world’s tropical forests. Most previous texts have taken either a generalized approach……Primack and Corlett’s approach is different, since they adopt a comparative analysis of the ecology and biogeography across the world’s rain forests. In so doing they highlight the substantial differences between each region, and will reveal to even the most experienced of ecologists just how helpful it can be to alter one’s perspective. I strongly recommend this book both to anyone with a professional interest in the biology (or biological conservation) of tropical forests, and to new graduate-level students looking for an overview of rainforest community ecology. Overall, as a final bonus, the book is well written and always thought provoking.” Journal of Biogeography 2006

"This fascinating book provides a fresh look at the ecology of our world's tropical forests...I strongly recommend this book both to anyone with a professional interest in the biology (or biological conservation) of tropical forests, and to new graduate-level students looking for an overview of rainforest community ecology...the book is well written and always thought provoking."
Journal of Biogeography, January 2006

"Graduate students taking tropical field courses or looking for possible research projects will find this book a stimulating source of comparative ecological information and research questions. It would also be an excellent text for a graduate-level course in tropical ecology. This may become the most important book on tropical forests published in the first deade of the 21st century."
Bioscience Magazine, March 2006

“[Primack and Corlett] have put together a well written and informative text. It leaves no doubt that to understand the ecology and conservation of tropical rain forests, we must understand and appreciate their uniqueness. In sum, this book fills a unique and valuable niche in comparative studies of tropical rain forest ecology.”
Ecology

"This book is logically structured, and uses a comparative approach to address the ecological differences between tropical forests . . . Overall, this book makes a very useful contribution to the literature, and although it is primarily aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in tropical rain forests."
Geographical Journal

"We take it for granted that [this] book will serve as a very suitable guide for understanding this awesome biome."
Folia Geobotanica

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632045136
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Primack, a professor at Boston University, has conducted research on forest ecology and conservation in Malaysia, India and Central America. He is the author of two leading textbooks in conservation biology, which have been translated into sixteen languages. He is the President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Editor of the journal Biological Conservation.

Richard Corlett, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong, has studied tropical forests in New Guinea, Southeast Asia, and southern China. His major current research interest is in how rainforest plants and animals survive in human-dominated landscapes. He has previously taught ecology at the University of Chiang Mai, in Thailand, and at the National University of Singapore, and is co-author of books on the ecology of Singapore and Hong Kong.

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