Forest Canopies, 2nd Edition

Margaret Lowman, H. Bruce Rinker 
Academic Press  September 2004  

Hardback  544pp  ISBN 9780124575530      £64.00

This title from Academic Press features:

  • Comprehensive literature list
  • State-of-the-art results and data sets from current field work
  • Foremost scientists in the field of canopy ecology
  • Expanded collaboration of researchers and international projects
  • User-friendly format with sidebars and case studies
  • Keywords and outlines for each chapter
The treetops of the world's forests are where discovery and opportunity abound, however they have been relatively inaccessible until recently. This book represents an authoritative synthesis of data, anecdotes, case studies, observations, and recommendations from researchers and educators who have risked life and limb in their advocacy of the High Frontier. With innovative rope techniques, cranes, walkways, dirigibles, and towers, they finally gained access to the rich biodiversity that lives far above the forest floor and the emerging science of canopy ecology. In this new edition of Forest Canopies, nearly 60 scientists and educators from around the world look at the biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation of forest canopy ecosystems.


SECTION I: Structures of Forest Canopies
Chapter 1: The Nature of Forest Canopies
Side Bar: Verticality and Habitat Analysis: MacArthur and Wilson"s Biogeography Theory Revisited
Side Bar: Empty Space: Another View of Forest Canopy Structure
Chapter 2: Tropical Microclimate Considerations
Chapter 3: Quantifying and Visualizing Canopy Structure in Tall Forests: Methods and a Case Study
Side Bar: "Canopy Trekking": A Ground-Independent, Rope-Based Method for Horizontal Movement
Chapter 4: Vertical Organization of Canopy Biota
Side Bar: Macaws: Dispersers in a Tropical Habitat
Side Bar: Vertical Stratification Among Neotropical Migrants
Chapter 5: Age-Related Development of Canopy Structure and Its Ecological Functions
Side Bar: Measuring Canopy Structure: The Forest Canopy Database Project
Chapter 6: A History of Tree Canopies
Side Bar: The Evolution of Rain Forest Animals
Side Bar: The Botanical Ghosts of Evolution

SECTION II: Organisms in Forest Canopies
Chapter 7: What Is Canopy Biology? A Microbial Perspective
Side Bar: Arboreal Stromatolites: A 230 Million Year Old Record
Chapter 8: Lichens and Bryophytes in Forest Canopies
Chapter 9: Vascular Epiphytes
Side Bar: Orchid Adaptations to an Epiphytic Lifestyle
Side Bar: Tank Bromeliads-Faunal Ecology
Side Bar: Strangler Fig Trees: Demons or Heroes of the Canopy?
Chapter 10: Mistletoes: A Unique Constituent of Canopies Worldwide
Chapter 11: Hidden in Plain Sight: Mites in the Canopy
Chapter 12: Soil Microarthopods: Belowground Fauna that Sustain Forest Systems
Chapter 13: Tardigrades: Bears of the Canopy
Side Bar: Rotifers in the Water Film
Chapter 14: The Biodiversity Question: How Many Species of Terrestrial Arthropods Are There?
Side Bar: Insect Zoos as Windows into Forest Canopies
Chapter 15: Physical Transport, Heterogeneity, and Interactions Involving Canopy Anoles
Side Bar: The Color of Poison: Flamboyant Frogs in the Rain Forest Canopy
Chapter 16: Ecology and Conservation of Canopy Mammals
Side Bar: Vertical Stratification of Small Mammals in Lowland Rain Forest of the Australian Wet Tropics
Side Bar: Body Mass of Gliding Mammals: An Energetic Approach
Side Bar: Orangutans: The Largest Canopy Dwellers

SECTION III: Ecological Processes in Forest Canopies
Chapter 17: Photosynthesis in Forest Canopies
Chapter 18: Insect Herbivory in Tropical Forests
Side Bar: Measuring Forest Herbivory Levels Using Canopy Cranes
Side Bar: The Leipzig Canopy Crane Project: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Function in a Temperate Decidious Forest
Chapter 19: Nutrient Cycling
Chapter 20: Reproductive Biology and Genetics of Tropical Trees from a Canopy Perspective
Side Bar: DNA Sequences and Orchid Classification
Chapter 21: Decomposition in Forest Canopies
Chapter 22: Survival Strategies: A Matter of Life and Death

SECTION IV: Conservation and Forest Canopies
Chapter 23: Tarzan or Jane? A Short History of Canopy Biology
Side Bar: Canopy Walkways: Highways in the Sky
Side Bar: International Canopy Crane Network
Chapter 24: Economics and the Forest Canopy
Side Bar: Ethnobotany in Forest Canopies
Side Bar: The Value of Herbaria for Plant Conservation
Chapter 25: Ecotourism and the Treetops
Side Bar: A Climb for Conservation
Side Bar: Florida From the Treetops
Chapter 26: The Reintegration of Wonder into the Emerging Science of Canopy Ecology
Side Bar: Global Canopy Programme: A Worldwide Alliance for Forest Studies
Side Bar: International Canopy Network (ICAN)

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