Tropical East Asia is home to one billion people and faces massive human impact from its rising population and rapid economic growth. It has already lost more than two-thirds of its forest cover and has the highest rates of deforestation and logging in the tropics. The relentless trade in wildlife products threatens all its large and many smaller vertebrates. Despite these problems, the region still supports an estimated 15-25% of global terrestrial biodiversity and is therefore a key area for conservation. Effective and efficient conservation action at the local and regional levels depends on an understanding of the ecological patterns and processes in the region, but information is currently scattered among a large number of elusive publications in several different languages.
The Ecology of Tropical East Asia is the first book to describe the terrestrial ecology of the entire East Asian tropics and subtropics, from southern China to western Indonesia. It deals with plants, animals, and the ecosystems they inhabit, as well as the diverse threats to their survival and the options for conservation. This book provides the background knowledge of the region's ecology needed by both specialists and non-specialists to put their own work into a broader context.
The accessible style, comprehensive coverage, and engaging illustrations make this advanced textbook an essential read for senior undergraduate and graduate level students studying the terrestrial ecology of the East Asian tropics, as well as an authoritative reference for professional ecologists, conservationists, and interested amateurs worldwide.
"[...] well-produced, richly illustrated book [...] should become a standard textbook for undergraduate or graduate ecology courses in the region."
- Campbell O. Webb, Quarterly Review of Biology
"A thoughtful undergraduate will find a lot of good material in this book."
- Bulletin of British Ecological Society
1. Environmental History
2. Physical Geography
4. The Ecology of Plants: From Seed to Seed
5. The Ecology of Animals: Foods and Feeding
6. Energy and Nutrients
7. Threats to Biodiversity
8. Conservation: Saving All the Pieces
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Richard T. Corlett, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore