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ISBN-13: 9781935623021
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Publication date: 04/16/2011
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

William J. McShea is research ecologist at the Conservation Ecology Center in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Institution. Stuart James Davies is director of Asia Programs at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Naris Bhumpakphan is associate professor in the Department of Forest Biology at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Seasonally Dry Forests of Tropical Asia: An Ecosystem Adapted to Seasonal Drought, Frequent Fire, and Human Activity William J. McShea Stuart J. Davies 1

Chapter 1 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in Continental Southeast Asia: Structure, Composition, and Dynamics Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin Patrick J. Baker Stuart J. Davies 9

Chapter 2 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in Southern India: An Analysis of Floristic Composition, Structure, and Dynamics in Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Hebbalalu Satyanarayana Suresh Handanakere Shivaramaiah Dattaraja Nandita Mondal Raman Sukumar 37

Chapter 3 The Uncertainty in Mapping Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests in Asia Peter Leimgruber Melanie Delion Melissa Songer 59

Chapter 4 The Role of Disturbance in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Landscapes Virginia H. Dale 75

Chapter 5 Fire Management in South and Southeast Asia's Seasonally Dry Forests: Colonial Approaches, Current Problems, and Perspectives Kobsak Wanthongchai Johann Georg Goldammer 97

Chapter 6 The Evolution and Ecology of Dry Tropical Forest Gingers (Zingiberaceae) in Southeast Asia W. John Kress 115

Chapter 7 Seasonality in Avian Communities of a Dipterocarp Monsoon Forest and Related Habitats in Myanmar's Central Dry Zone John H. Rappole Nay Myo Shwe Myint Aung William J. McShea 131

Literary Sketch. A Trip along River Cauvery A. J. T. Johnsingh R. Raghunath 147

Chapter 8 Asian Elephants and Seasonally Dry Forests Prithiviraj Fernando Peter Leimgruber 151

Chapter 9 Tropical Deer in the Seasonally Dry Forests of Asia: Ecology, Concerns, and Potential for Conservation William J. McShea Megan C. Baker 165

Chapter 10 Ecology of Gaur and Banteng in the Seasonally Dry Forests of Thailand Naris Bhumpakphan William J. McShea 179

Chapter 11 Rainfall Patterns and Unpredictable Fruit Production in Seasonally Dry Evergreen Forest and Their Effects on Gibbons Warren Y. Brockelman 195

Chapter 12 Sloth Bears Living in Seasonally Dry Tropical and Moist Broadleaf Forests and Their Conservation John Seidensticker K. Yoganand A. J. T. Johnsingh 217

Chapter 13 Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Is Essential Tiger Habitat James L. David Smith Saksit Simchareon Achara Simchareon Peter Cutter Bhim Gurung Raghunandan Chundawat Charles McDougal John Seidensticker 237

Chapter 14 Ecology and Distribution of Sympatric Asiatic Black Bears and Sun Bears in the Seasonally Dry Forests of Southeast Asia Robert Steinmetz 249

Chapter 15 Tropical Asian Dry Forest Amphibians and Reptiles: A Regional Comparison of Ecological Communities George R. Zug 275

Chapter 16 The Impact of Local Communities on a Dry Tropical Forest Sanctuary: A Case Study from Upper Myanmar (Burma) Melissa Songer Myint Aung Khaing Khaing Swe Thida Oo Chris Wemmer Ruth DeFries Peter Leimgruber 305

Literary Sketch. Subsistence Living in the Burmese Forest Chris Wemmer 321

Chapter 17 Governing the Flame: Bunong Management of Fire Regimes in Mondulkiri Province, Northeast Cambodia Megan MacInnes 329

Chapter 18 Local Residents' Attitudes toward Seasonally Dry Forests at Selected Sites in Nepal and Myanmar Teri D. Allendorf 347

Chapter 19 Conservation Planning and Management in Southeast Asia's Seasonally Dry Forest Landscapes: Experiences from Cambodia Andrew L. Maxwell Nicholas J. Cox 365

Index 399

List of Contributors 413

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