332 pages, 136 b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Tropical Plant Collecting, which has now been reprinted by NYBG Press, provides field biologists with information about carrying out fieldwork in tropical America, gathering botanical collection, managing specimens in herbaria, making information about plants available on the Internet, and raising money to fund both expeditions and the preparation of Floras and monographs. Tropical Plant Collecting is based on over 40 years of tropical plant collecting in Central and South America by the senior editor and his colleagues. Although traditional field and herbarium techniques are discussed, Tropical Plant Collecting emphasizes how new techniques provided by digital photography, databases, and the Internet have revolutionized plant collecting and data presentation in systematic botany. The audience for Tropical Plant Collecting is tropical biologists and students who, as part of their research, need to gather botanical specimens to document their scientific studies. Tropical Plant Collecting is also useful for those taking neotropical field biology courses, and Chapter 3, which covers many of the dangers of traveling and working in neotropical forests, is recommended for anyone planning to visit remote areas of this region.
"A must for every young biologist who is preparing for field studies in the tropics."
– Paul Maas, Professor Emeritus, University of Utrecht
"A wonderful read about tropical fieldwork by one of the great contemporary botanical explorers and a few of his many collaborators."
– Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, Director Emeritus, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Chapter 1. My Career as a Tropical Biologist - by Scott A. Mori
Chapter 2. Amy's Year in the Rain Forest - by A. Berkov
Chapter 3. Tips for Tropical Biologists - by Scott A. Mori
Chapter 4. From the Field - by Scott A. Mori
Chapter 5. Into the Herbarium - by Scott A. Mori
Chapter 6. Onto the Internet by Scott A. Mori
Chapter 7. Rain Forests of Tropical America: Is there hope for the Future? - by Scott A. Mori
Appendix A. Adopt-a-Forest Strategy - by Scott A. Mori
Appendix B. Funding for Systematic Botany - by Scott A. Mori
Appendix C. Personal Field Supplies - by Scott A. Mori
Appendix D. Essential Collecting Equipment - by Scott A. Mori
Index to Scientific Names, Place Names, and Common Names
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