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Based on more than thirty years of study, this book offers the first comprehensive survey of the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation status of this endangered and fragile region. The contributors, from Costa Rica, Britain, Mexico, and the United States, and representing the fields of ecology, environmental education, policy, and the law, examine the major plant and animal groups living in the dry forest and present the first technical evaluation of Costa Rica's conservation efforts.
Preface 1. Introduction--Alfonso Mata and Jaime Echeverria PART I. BIODIVERSITY AND ECOLOGICAL STUDIES A. COSTA RICAN DRY FOREST 2. Flowering Phenology and Pollination Systems Diversity in the Seasonal Dry Forest--Gordon W. Frankie, William A. Haber, S. Bradleigh Vinson, Kamal S. Bawa, Peter S. Ronchi, and Nelson Zamora 3. Breeding Structure of Neotropical Dry-Forest Tree Species in Fragmented Landscapes--James L. Hamrick and Victoria J. Apsit 4. Impact of Global Changes on the Reproductive Biology of Trees in Tropical Dry Forests--Kamal S. Bawa 5. Tropical Dry-Forest Mammals of Palo Verde: Ecology and Conservation in a Changing Landscape--Kathryn E. Stoner and Robert M. Timm 6. The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest--S. Bradleigh Vinson, Sean T. O'Keefe, and Gordon W. Frankie 7. Ecology of Dry-Forest Wildland Insects in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste--Daniel H. Janzen B. BIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COSTA RICAN FORESTS 8. Diversity, Migration, and Conservation of Butterflies in Northern Costa Rica--William A. Haber and Robert D. Stevenson 9. Watershed Ecology and Conservation: Hydrological Resources in the Northwest of Costa Rica--Alfonso Mata 10. Where the Dry Forest Feeds the Sea: The Gulf of Nicoya Estuary--Jose A. Vargas and Alfonso Mata 11. Mangrove Forests under Dry Seasonal Climates in Costa Rica--Jorge A. Jimenez C. BIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS 12. Geographical Distribution, Ecology, and Conservation Status of Costa Rican Dry-Forest Avifauna--Gilbert Barrantes and Julio E. Sanchez 13. An Ultrasonically Silent Night: The Tropical Dry Forest without Bats--Richard K. LaVal 14. Biodiversity and Conservation of Middle American Dry-Forest Herpetofauna--Mahmood Sasa and Federico Bolanos 15. Parque Marino Las Baulas: Conservation Lessons from a New National Park and From 45 Years of Conservation of Sea Turtles in Costa Rica--James R. Spotila and Frank V. Paladino 16. Prospects for Circa Situm Tree Conservation in Mesoamerican Dry-Forest Agro-ecosystems--David H. Boshier, James E. Gordon, and Adrian J. Barrance PART II. TRANSFERRING BIODIVERSITY KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION: THE RECORD 17. Biodiversity Inventories in Costa Rica and Their Application to conservation--Paul Hanson 18. Conflict Resolution: Recognizing and Managing Discord in Resource Protection--Gregory A. Giusti 19. Conservation and Environmental Education in Rural Northwestern Costa Rica: Learning the Lessons of a Nongovernmental Organization--Gordon W. Frankie and S. Bradleigh Vinson 20. The Media and Biodiversity Conservation--Gilda Aburto 21. Threats to the Conservation of Tropical Dry Forest in Costa Rica--Mauricio Quesada and Kathryn E. Stoner 22. Environmental Law of Costa Rica: Development and Enforcement--Roxana Salazar 23. Dispute over the Protection of the Environment in Costa Rica--Julio A. Bustos 24. The Policy Context for Conservation in Costa Rica: Model or Muddle?--Katrina Brandon 25. Conclusion and Recommendations--Gordon W. Frankie, Alfonso Mata, and Katrina Brandon List of Contributors Index
Gordon W. Frankie is Professor of Insect Biology in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Alfonso Mata is Environmental Science Specialist at the Tropical Science Center in San Pedro, Costa Rica. S. Bradleigh Vinson is Professor of Entomology at Texas A & M University, College Station.