Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest

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Nalini M. Nadkarni, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright
Oxford University Press, 9 de mar de 2000 - 608 páginas
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The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has captured the worldwide attention of biologists, conservationists, and ecologists and has been the setting for extensive investigation over the past 30 years. Roughly 40,000 ecotourists visit the Cloud Forest each year, and it is often considered the archetypal high-altitude rain forest. This volume brings together some of the most prominent researchers of the region to provide a broad introduction to the biology of the Monteverde, and cloud forests in general. Collecting and synthesizing vital information about the ecosystem and its biota, the book also examines the positive and negative effects of human activity on both the forest and the surrounding communities. Ecologists, tropical biologists, and natural historians will find this volume an indispensable resource, as will all those who are fascinated by the magnificent wonders of the tropical forests.
 

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1 Introduction
3
2 The Physical Environment
15
3 Plants and Vegetation
39
4 Insects and Spiders
95
5 Amphibians and Reptiles
149
6 Birds
179
7 Mammals
223
8 PlantAnimal Interactions
245
9 Ecosystem Ecology and Forest Dynamics
303
Contributions of Conservation Organizations
351
Moving Toward Sustainability
389
12 Conservation Biology
419
Appendixes
457
References
559
Index
561
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Nalini M. Nadkarni is a Professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Nathaniel T. Wheelwright is a Professor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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