Tropical Rainforests: Past, Present, and Future

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Eldredge Bermingham, Christopher W. Dick, Craig Moritz
University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2005 - Nature - 745 pages
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Synthesizing theoretical and empirical analyses of the processes that help shape these unique ecosystems, Tropical Rainforests looks at the effects of evolutionary histories, past climate change, and ecological dynamics on the origin and maintenance of tropical rainforest communities. Featuring recent advances in paleoecology, climatology, geology, molecular systematics, biogeography, and community ecology, the volume also offers insights from those fields into how rainforests will endure the impact of anthropogenic change. With more than sixty contributors, Tropical Rainforests will be of great interest to students and professionals in tropical ecology and conservation.

  

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Contents

Evolution Ecology and Conservation of
1
Part I Evolutionary and Ecological Determinants of Tropical Rainforest Diversity
5
The History and Ecology of Tropical Rainforest Communities
7
3 Phylogenetic Perspectives on Patterns of Regional and Local Species Richness
16
4 LargeScale Diversity and SpeciesArea Relationships in Tropical Tree Communities under the Neutral Theory
41
5 Palynological Richness and the Tropical Rainforest
72
6 The Pleistocene Vector of Neotropical Diversity
78
Mechanisms and Timing of Diversification
107
17 The Origin and Evolution of Australias Eastern Highlands
322
18 The Origins and Tertiary History of Australian Tropical Rainforests
336
19 Patterns and Causes of Vegetation Change in the Australian Wet Tropics Region over the Last 10 Million Years
374
Insights from Spatial Analyses of Species and Genes in Australias Wet Tropics
401
Community Assemblage by Taxon Pulses
425
Patterns and Possible Determinants
470
23 Dynamics of Seedling Recruitment in an Australian Tropical Rainforest
486
24 The Theory and Practice of Planning for LongTerm Conservation of Biodiversity in the Wet Tropics Rainforests of Australia
507

Implications for Conservation
127
The Importance of Ecotones in Rainforest Speciation
148
Implications for Conservation
166
11 Dynamic Landscape Models for Tropical Rainforests
202
Perspectives from Barro Colorado Island
223
13 Landscape Heterogeneity and Species Diversity in Amazonia
251
How Much Is Predictable?
271
15 The El Niño Southern Oscillation Influences Tree Performance in Tropical Rainforests
295
the Australian Wet Tropics
311
Rainforest History and Dynamics in the Australian Wet Tropics
313
Part III Rainforest Futures
527
Processes People and Prospects for Tropical Rainforests
529
26 Evolutionary Approaches to the Conservation of Tropical Rainforest Vertebrates
532
Conflicting Agendas for Forests in Southeast Asia
558
28 The Future of the Amazon
583
References
611
List of Contributors
715
Index
723
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Eldredge Bermingham is a staff scientist and deputy director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and an associate professor in the biology departments of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and McGill University in Montreal. Christopher Dick is a Tupper postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Craig Moritz is director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, chairman of the Berkeley Natural History Museum, and professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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