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Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest

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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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Monteverde is a unique tropical montane cloud forest region in Costa Rica with an established Quaker dairy community, artists' commune, and conservation zone that has become a destination for nature-loving visitors from around the world. This volume compiles dozens of contributions by conservation biologists, botanists, zoologists, entomologists, and other scientists who present scientific accounts of the physical setting, fauna, flora, and their ecological interactions, as well as reflections by residents and others who have worked to preserve this vital region.
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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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Gary S. Hartshorn

Foreword, Luis Diego Gómez P.

A Manera de Introducción, Luis Diego Gómez P.

Contributors

1. Introduction, Nalina M. Nadkarni and Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

2. The Physical Environment, Kenneth L. Clark, Robert O. Lawton, and Paul R. Butler

3. Plants and Vegetation, William A. Haber

4. Insects and Spiders, Paul Hanson

5. Amphibians and Reptiles, J. Alan Pounds

6. Birds, Bruce E. Young and David B. McDonald

7. Mammals, Robert M. Timm and Richard K. LaVal

8. Plant-Animal Interactions, K. Greg Murray, Sharon Kinsman, and Judith L. Bronstein

9. Ecosystem Ecology and Forest Dynamics, Nalina M. Nadkarni et al.

10. Conservation in the Monteverde Zone: Contributions of Conservation Organizations, Leslie J. Burlingame

11. Agriculture in Monteverde: Moving Toward Sustainability, Katherine Griffith, Daniel Peck, and Joseph Stuckey

12. Conservation Biology, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

Appendix 1. Vascular Plants of Monteverde, William A. Haber

Appendix 2. Number of Species with Different Plant Growth Forms, William A. Haber

Appendix 3. Orchids of Monteverde, John T. Atwood

Appendix 4. Bromeliads of Monteverde, Harry E. Luther

Appendix 5. Host Plants of Selected Cercopoidea from Monteverde, Daniel C. Peck

Appendix 6. Preliminary List of Psylloidea Known from Costa Rican Cloud Forests (1200-2000 m), David Hollis

Appendix 7. Eusocial Wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae Polistinae and Sphecidae) Collected from Monteverde, Sean O'Donnell

Appendix 8. Amphibians and Reptiles of Monteverde, J. Alan Pounds and M. P. Fogden

Appendix 9. Birds of the Monteverde Area, M. P. Fogden

Appendix 10. Mammals of Monteverde, Robert M. Timm and Richard K. LaVal

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195133103
Editor:
Nadkarni, Nalini M.
Editor:
Wheelwright, Nathaniel T.
Editor:
Nadkarni, Nalini M.
Editor:
Wheelwright, Nathaniel T.
Author:
null, Nathaniel T.
Author:
null, Nalini M.
Author:
Nadkarni, Nalini M.
Author:
Wheelwright, Nathaniel T.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Conservation Biology
Subject:
Natural history -- Costa Rica.
Subject:
Cloud forest ecology - Costa Rica -
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
176 b/w and 8 color illus.
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.5 x 10.9 x 1 in 2.7 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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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