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About this book
About this book
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica has captured the world-wide attention of biologists, conservationists, and ecologists, and has been the setting for extensive investigation over the past 30 years. This book synthesizes current knowledge on this ecosystem and its biota. A magisterial compilation.
1. Introduction; 2. The Physical Environment; 3. Plants and Vegetation; 4. Insects and Spiders; 5. Amphibians and Reptiles; 6. Birds; 7. Mammals; 8. Plant-Animal Interactions; 9. Ecosystem Ecology and Forest Dynamics; 10. Conservation in the Monteverde Zone: Contributions of Conservation Organizations; 11. Agriculture in Monteverde: Moving Toward Sustainability; 12. Conservation Biology
573 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs
"The book will be an excellent source of information and reference on this biological reserve and the two brave editors are to be applauded. The information compiled in this volume will serve as a basis for monitoring the declines, fluctuations and variability of populations in Monteverde." -- Luis D. Gomez, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol 223, 2000
"'Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest' is an impressive 573 page volume which includes the work of 114 individual contributors, each selected for his and her specialized knowledge of Monteverde flora, fauna, history and biodiversity. This is a unique volume, the most comprehensive ever assembled on what is acknowledged to be the purest rain forest on our planet. They have a remarkably comprehensive volume to illuminate everything they see and study. Every aspect of the forest, from its physical environment, plants and vegetation, insect and spiders, amphibians and reptiles, ( including some haunting w