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Central American Biodiversity: Conservation, Ecology, and a Sustainable Future

  • Focuses on digital databases, GIS layers, open access, data mining and inventory issues
  • The online appendix of this book provides relevant and highly sought after background material for courses or field work
  • Provides detailed information on field studies in the tropics

By: Falk Huettmann(Editor)

805 pages, 414 colour & 18 b/w photos and illustrations, 71 tables


Paperback | Oct 2016 | #233457 | ISBN-13: 9781493943944
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Hardback | Sep 2015 | #219677 | ISBN-13: 9781493922079
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About this book

Central American Biodiversity highlights key results and lessons learnt from two field sites, La Suerte in Costa Rica and Ometepe in Nicaragua. It provides long term data on species abundance and distribution. Primates receive specific attention in Central American Biodiversity, as they are flagship species and good indicators for the "health" of an ecosystem, but as well a money maker. Many primate species are sensitive to habitat alteration, and are often hunted out first. But they play an important role as seed dispersal agents for the regeneration of the forest. Central American Biodiversity then compares results from the two field sites with regional trends, and explores potential solutions such as REDD+ for Nicaragua.

Central American Biodiversity strongly calls for new approaches in conservation, it makes the case for looking beyond the pure species biology and classic conservation angle and to take into account the economic and political realities.


Chapter 1. A Short Introduction to Tropical Land- and Seascapes and their Wildlife Conservation Management / Falk Huettmann and Moritz S. Schmid
Chapter 2. If leaders like Alexander von Humboldt, Ronald Reagan and Xi Jinping would have been environmental justice radicals using public internet and drones: A short political ecology of Central America with regards to global agenda setting in 2014 / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 3. Bird conservation status and meaningful socioeconomic correlates in Central America: Results from an open access data mining approach for parrots using machine learning indicate serious economic problems / Cynthia Resendiz-Infante and Falk Huettmann
Chapter 4. Reversed Kuznets Curves in the Caribbean: Linking Marine Biodiversity Endangerment with the National GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and assessed with Human Metrics (life expectancy, infant mortality, population growth rate) / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 5. An Oceanography Conservation View of Central America: Caribbean Wealth, Pacific Wilderness, Plunder and Mis-Management meets Seafloor Mining, Deep See Drilling, Climate Change, and Human Population Explosion in the EEZs and beyond / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 6. Coral Reefs of Central America, Dimethylsulphide (DMS) Seascapes, Open Access Data, GIS and Machine Learning Predictions: Another application of the new Megascience for Global Sustainability / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 7. Field Schools and Research Stations in a Global Context: La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua) in a wider Perspective / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 8. A Brief History of the Molina Family, and the Birth of Maderas Rain Forest Conservancy (MRC) at the La Suerte and Ometepe field stations: A narrative by Renee Molinia / Renee Molinia
Chapter 9. Teaching (Tropical) Biodiversity with International Field Schools: A Flexible Success Model in a Time of 'Wireless' Globalization / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 10. A Documented Plant and Tree Species Narrative of La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua): Overcoming Ancient Taxonomy Demons for a more relevant and valid Conservation Research Effort in the Tropics / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 11. The incredible world of insects in Central America: A virtual interview with Prof Dr Bugs at La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua) / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 12. Amphibians and reptiles at the Ometepe and La Suerte field sites: Towards an overview of the evolution, distribution, and diversity of Central America's herpetofauna / Mark Spangler
Chapter 13. Exciting findings and insights from the Caiman study at La Suerte: First lessons from the scientific frontline / Peter Skylstad and Falk Huettmann
Chapter 14. Conservation of a Neotropical herpetofauna: An introduction to the crisis of amphibians and reptiles in Central America and beyond / Mark Spangler
Chapter 15. Mammalian biodiversity conservation at two biological stations in Nicaragua and Costa Rica / Andrew P. Baltenperger and Casey L. Brown
Chapter 16. On the relevance and moral impediment of digital data management, data sharing and public open access and code in (tropical) research: The Rio Convention revisited towards Mega Science and Best Professional Research Practices / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 17. Conservation research in the Cloud Forest of Central America with lessons from Maderas vulcanoe, Ometepe, Nicaragua: A first-person narrative about very tough field work, unfinished data, and climate justice while running out of time / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 18. GRID sampling for a global rapid biodiversity assessment: Methods, Applications, Results and Lessons Learned / Dirk Nemitz and Falk Huettmann
Chapter 19. Birds of Ometepe (Nicaragua) and La Suerte (Costa Rica): From a narrative and species lists over species richness and bird photo documentations to a Central American conservation ornithology / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 20. Acoustic Determinants to Group-Specific Vocalizations and Dialect: The effects of environment on infant vocalizations of Cebus capucinus. Utilizing two field sites with a shared taxon for a comparative ecological study / Andrew R. Halloran and Sarah Mancz
Chapter 21. Factors Involved in Variation in Tree and Species Use by Mantled Howler Monkeys: A Case Study of Resource Use in Sector Santa Rosa, Area de Conservacion, Costa Rica / Barbara J. Welker
Chapter 22. Living in islands of forests: nutritional ecology of the howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) at La Suerte Biological Field Station, North-eastern Costa Rica / Flavia Occhibove, Claudia Ferro, Gian Battista Liponi, Silvana M. Borgognini-Tarli, Joerg Ganzhorn, Giuseppe Donati
Chapter 23. A First Rare Species Action List for La Suerte and Ometepe: Correlates with Extinction, Invasion, Declines, the Allee Effect and no Recovery in Island Habitats / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 24. Lost species at La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua): Facts from over 10 years of research, some speculations, liabilities and a very grim future outlook to resolve / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 25. Genetics as a tool for biodiversity conservation: examples from Central America / K. A. Cleary, A. Sanfiorenzo, and L.P. Waits
Chapter 26. A Systematic Framework for Spatial Conservation Planning and Ecological Priority Design: An Example from St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean / Jeffrey S. Evans, Steve Schill, George Raber
Chapter 27. Global Change in Central America, and Global Transitions toward a Carbon-free Society achieved through International Field Schools? Carbon Dioxide remains the most Toxic Gas for Mankind to be resolved / Falk Huettmann and students of the Climate Change classes 2011 & 2012 with the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy
Chapter 28. Human Aspects and Population Structures in Central America and its so-called Free Trade Zones: Imperialism, Immigration, Remittance Payments, Leakage, Brain Drain, Global Citizenship and Virtually Unlimited Inequalities during War and Globalization / Falk Huettmann
Chapter 29. A short presentation and discussion of digital research data sets in Central America, and for the field schools of La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua)
Chapter 30. Assessments of carbon stock hotspots in Nicaragua and Costa Rica / Moritz S. Schmid, Andrew Baltensperger, Jordan Grigor and Falk Huettmann
Chapter 31. Selected Undergraduate Student Projects at La Suerte and Ometepe Island: Try outs, Results, First Publications and more Ideas to Progress Research and Conservation / Falk Huettmann and many field school students & contributors
Chapter 32. The Good Future of La Suerte and Ometepe between Heaven and Decay: An informed Outlook for Central America leaves us with dramatic Environmental Obstacles for Conservation Management / Falk Huettmann and many Maderas Rainforest Conservancy field school students & contributors

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Dr. Falk Huettmann is Associate Professor in the Biology and Wildlife Department, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His research interests are in wildlife/habitat modeling, GIS and remote sensing, and data management worldwide.

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