Tropical Forest Community Ecology


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It is not hyperbole to say that there has been an explosion of research on tropical forest ecology over the past few decades. The establishment of large forest dynamics plots in tropical forests worldwide, in and of itself, has led to a near revolution in our understandingof forest change. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in the use of models and experiments to test longstandingtheories developed to explain the striking patterns found in tropical forests and the putative mechanisms that underlie these patterns. When we started this project, we felt that a comprehensive synthesis of tropical forest community ecology was necessary in order to help the field move forward. Of course, no single volume could do this. Nonetheless, this book is our attempt to make a significant contribution to the field, and to ask anew: What are the main theories in tropical ecology, and which ones are supported or refuted by empirical data? Thus, we have attempted to assemble a volume that describes the most up-todate findings on the important theories of tropical forest community ecology.We hope that this book accomplishes this goalto the degree possible,while at the same time providinga road map of what we know, what we think we know, and where future research is most needed.

Content:-
Preface
Foreword
List of Contributors
SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
1. Scope of the Book and Key Contributions
SECTION 2: LARGE-SCALE PATTERNS IN TROPICAL COMMUNITIES
2. Spatial Variation in Tree Species Composition Across Tropical Forests: Pattern and Process
3. The Disparity in Tree Species Richness amongTropical, Temperate, and Boreal Biomes: The Geographic Area and Age Hypothesis
4. Explaining Geographic Range Size by Species Age: ATest Using Neotropical Piper Species
5. Patterns of Herbivory and Defense in Tropical Dry and Rain Forests
6. Ecological Organization, Biogeography, and the Phylogenetic Structure of Tropical Forest Tree Communities
7. Large Tropical Forest Dynamics Plots: Testing Explanations for the Maintenance of Species Diversity
SECTION 3: TESTINGTHEORIES OF FOREST REGENERATION AND THE MAINTENANCE OF SPECIES DIVERSITY
8. Tropical Forest Ecology: Sterile or Virgin for Theoreticians?
9. ApproachingEcolo gical Complexity from the Perspective of Symmetric Neutral Theory
10. Functional Basis for Resource Niche Partitioningb y Tropical Trees
11. Colonization-related Trade-offs in Tropical Forests and Their Role in the Maintenance of Plant Species Diversity
12. Treefall Gaps and the Maintenance of Plant Species Diversity in Tropical Forests
13. Challenges Associated with Testingand Falsifyingthe Janzen–Connell Hypothesis: A Review and Critique
14. Seed Limitation and the Coexistence of Pioneer Tree Species
15. Endophytic Fungi: Hidden Components of Tropical Community Ecology
SECTION 4: ANIMAL COMMUNITY ECOLOGY AND TROPHIC INTERACTIONS
16. Tropical Tritrophic Interactions: Nasty Hosts and Ubiquitous Cascades
17. Variation in Tree Seedlingand Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Spore Responses to the Exclusion of Terrestrial Vertebrates: Implications for How Vertebrates Structure Tropical Communities
18. Ecosystem Decay in Closed Forest Fragments
19. Resource Limitation of Insular Animals: Causes and Consequences
20. Tropical Arboreal Ants: LinkingNutrition to Roles in Rainforest Ecosystems
21. Soil Fertility and Arboreal Mammal Biomass in Tropical Forests
SECTION 5: SECONDARY FOREST SUCCESSION, DYNAMICS, AND INVASION
22. Processes ConstrainingW oody Species Succession on Abandoned Pastures in the Tropics: On the Relevance of Temperate Models of Succession
23. Chance and Determinism in Tropical Forest Succession
24. Exotic Plant Invasions in Tropical Forests: Patterns and Hypotheses
SECTION 6: TROPICAL FOREST CONSERVATION
25. Linking Insights from Ecological Research with Bioprospecting to Promote Conservation, Enhance Research Capacity, and Provide Economic Uses of Biodiversity
26. Tropical Rainforest Conservation: A Global Perspective
27. Environmental Promise and Peril in the Amazon
28. Contributions of Ecologists to Tropical Forest Conservation
Index

Author Details
"Walter P. Carson" University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences Pittsburgh, PA USA

"Stefan A. Schnitzer" University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Department of Biological Sciences Milwaukee, WI USA




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