John Kricher Tropical Ecology

ISBN 13: 9780691115139

Tropical Ecology

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9780691115139: Tropical Ecology

This full-color illustrated textbook offers the first comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of tropical ecology. It explains why the world's tropical rain forests are so universally rich in species, what factors may contribute to high species richness, how nutrient cycles affect rain forest ecology, and how ecologists investigate the complex interrelationships among flora and fauna. It covers tropical montane ecology, riverine ecosystems, savanna, dry forest--and more.



Tropical Ecology begins with a historical overview followed by a sweeping discussion of biogeography and evolution, and then introduces students to the unique and complex structure of tropical rain forests. Other topics include the processes that influence everything from species richness to rates of photosynthesis: how global climate change may affect rain forest characteristics and function; how fragmentation of ecosystems affects species richness and ecological processes; human ecology in the tropics; biodiversity; and conservation of tropical ecosystems and species.


Drawing on real-world examples taken from actual research, Tropical Ecology is the best textbook on the subject for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.



  • Offers the first comprehensive introduction to tropical ecology

  • Describes all the major kinds of tropical terrestrial ecosystems

  • Explains species diversity, evolutionary processes, and coevolutionary interactions

  • Features numerous color illustrations and examples from actual research

  • Covers global warming, deforestation, reforestation, fragmentation, and conservation

  • The essential textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students

  • Suitable for courses with a field component


Leading universities that have adopted this book include:



  • Biola University

  • Bucknell University

  • California State University, Fullerton

  • Colorado State University - Fort Collins

  • Francis Marion University

  • Michigan State University

  • Middlebury College

  • Northern Kentucky University

  • Ohio Wesleyan University

  • St. Mary's College of Maryland

  • Syracuse University

  • Tulane University

  • University of California, Santa Cruz

  • University of Central Florida

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of Florida

  • University of Missouri

  • University of New Mexico

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • University of the West Indies

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From the Back Cover:

"Finally, an appropriate general text to use in tropical biology courses. Other books on tropical rain forest ecology are either too general or too technical for use in undergraduate or even graduate courses, so this book definitely fills a need."--Robert A. Askins, Connecticut College

"Kricher does a remarkable job of bringing the wonder and diversity of tropical ecosystems together into one text, while providing a solid framework in ecological and evolutionary theory. The task of treating the tropics in one accessible book is daunting, and Tropical Ecology comes closer to accomplishing that goal than any book I have seen."--Gregory S. Gilbert, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is an excellent book that fills a significant need for a course text to accompany both upper-level lecture classes and field courses in tropical ecology. Kricher has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural history of tropical organisms. I feel confident that this book will be adopted widely."--James Dalling, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

About the Author:

John Kricher is professor of biology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. His books include The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth and A Neotropical Companion (both Princeton).

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