Series: British Ecological Society Symposium Volumes Series Volume: 37
635 pages, 1 col plate, 130 illus, figs, tabs, maps
Tropical communities are recognised as among the most species-rich and dynamic in the world. Yet far from existing as dynamic equilibria, large unpredictable disruptive events are seen as dominating the longer-term dynamics set against the background of global change. This volume challenges the dynamic equilibrium idea yet further, arguing for thinking on a timescale of decades to centuries, finding different ways to handle unpredictability and uniqueness, and evaluating species diversity and community change at different scales. The difficult search for robust generalizations and rules in tropical communities, which might allow better prescription through understanding rather than description is partly answered in this forward-looking book by the realization that an alternative framework and perspective is required for the tropics. This volume will continue to appeal to both researchers and advanced students of ecology.
First published in 1998.
Quarante-cinq auteurs se sont partage la responsabilite des communiations. Le resultat est un fort volume ax references et a l'index consequents. Mammalia 2002
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