The New Neotropical Companion.

By: Kricher, JohnMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 1 online resource (433 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400885589Subject(s): Ecology--Latin AmericaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The New Neotropical CompanionDDC classification: 577 LOC classification: QH106.5.K75 2017Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- How to Use This Book -- Chapter 1. Welcome to the Torrid Zone -- Chapter 2. Why It Is Hot, Humid, and Rainy in the Tropics -- Chapter 3. Rain Forest: The Realm of the Plants -- Chapter 4. Finding Animals in Rain Forest -- Chapter 5. Sun Plus Rain Equals Rain Forest -- Chapter 6. Essential Dirt: Soils and Cycling -- Chapter 7. If a Tree Falls ... Rain Forest Disturbance Dynamics -- Chapter 8. Evolutionary Cornucopia -- Chapter 9. Why Are There So Many Species? -- Chapter 10. Tropical Intimacy: Mutualism and Coevolution -- Chapter 11. Evolutionary Arms Races: More Coevolution, More Complexity -- Chapter 12. Cruising the Rivers to the Sea -- Chapter 13. Scaling the Andes -- Chapter 14. Don't Miss the Savannas and Dry Forests -- Chapter 15. Neotropical Birds: The Bustling Crowd -- Chapter 16. From Monkeys to Tarantulas: Endless Eccentricities -- Chapter 17. Human Ecology in the Tropics -- Chapter 18. The Future of the Neotropics -- Appendix. Words of Caution: Be Sure to Read This -- Further Reading -- Index.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- How to Use This Book -- Chapter 1. Welcome to the Torrid Zone -- Chapter 2. Why It Is Hot, Humid, and Rainy in the Tropics -- Chapter 3. Rain Forest: The Realm of the Plants -- Chapter 4. Finding Animals in Rain Forest -- Chapter 5. Sun Plus Rain Equals Rain Forest -- Chapter 6. Essential Dirt: Soils and Cycling -- Chapter 7. If a Tree Falls ... Rain Forest Disturbance Dynamics -- Chapter 8. Evolutionary Cornucopia -- Chapter 9. Why Are There So Many Species? -- Chapter 10. Tropical Intimacy: Mutualism and Coevolution -- Chapter 11. Evolutionary Arms Races: More Coevolution, More Complexity -- Chapter 12. Cruising the Rivers to the Sea -- Chapter 13. Scaling the Andes -- Chapter 14. Don't Miss the Savannas and Dry Forests -- Chapter 15. Neotropical Birds: The Bustling Crowd -- Chapter 16. From Monkeys to Tarantulas: Endless Eccentricities -- Chapter 17. Human Ecology in the Tropics -- Chapter 18. The Future of the Neotropics -- Appendix. Words of Caution: Be Sure to Read This -- Further Reading -- Index.

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CHOICE Review

When dining with tropical field biologists, expect a picture of a tamandua in a threat posture (the author captions it "Bring it on"), a jaguar attacking a caiman, an aracari munching a cicada (which, in this work, is misidentified as a dragonfly), or some similar drama. This revised and expanded work (CH, Apr'98, 35-4476) contains 567 photos; Kricher (Wheaton College) took 75 percent of them himself (ostentatiously being credited in the captions on nearly every page), centering the theme of this book on one-upmanship and topics for after-dinner discussion. Just how typical and "scientific" is any of this? To gain that perspective, readers will need to read Kricher's other works. The word companion in the title means Kricher is readers' travel cohort rather than that readers can carry this book on their travels or to class. Loaded with scientific citations (869) pertaining to simple explanations of tropical climate and biomes and overviews of tropical conservation and theory, this book is a strange hybrid. It will spark an interest in tropical travel and biology, but readers should not let the images sear too deeply into memory. Too many "Kodak moments" overpower the "teachable moments." Summing Up: Recommended. With the caveats above. General readers. --George C. Stevens, University of New Mexico

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John Kricher is professor of biology at Wheaton College. His many books include Tropical Ecology , The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth , and Galápagos: A Natural History (all Princeton).

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