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Selva, La : Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Rainforest - Lucinda A. McDade

Selva, La

Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Rainforest

By: Lucinda A. McDade (Editor), Kamaljit S. Bawa (Editor), Henry A. Hespenheide (Editor), Gary S. Hartshorn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 18th March 1994
ISBN: 9780226039527
Number Of Pages: 592

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La Selva, a nature reserve and field station in Costa Rica, is one of
the most intensively studied and best-understood tropical field sites
in the world. For over thirty years, La Selva has been a major focus
of research on rainforest ecology, flora, and fauna. This volume
provides the first comprehensive review of this research, covering La
Selva's geographical history and physical setting, its plant and
animal life, and agricultural development and land use.
Drawing together a wealth of information never before available in a
single volume, "La Selva" offers a substantive treatment of the
ecology of a rainforest. Part 1 summarizes research on the physical
setting and environment of the rainforest, as well as the history of
the research station. Some chapters in this part focus on climate,
geomorphology, and aquatic systems, while others look at soils,
nutrient acquisition, and cycles of energy.
Part 2 synthesizes what is known about the plant community. It begins
with chapters on vegetation types and plant diversity, and also
explores plant demography, spatial patterns of trees, and the impact
of treefall gaps on forest structure and dynamics. Other chapters
address plant physiological ecology, as well as plant reproductive
systems.
Part 3 covers the animal community, summarizing information on the six
best-known animal taxa of the region: fishes, amphibians, reptiles,
birds, mammals, and butterflies. This part includes an overview of
faunal studies at La Selva and a chapter on animal population biology,
which examines animal demography and abundance, and interactions
between predators and prey. Part 4 addresses interactions between
plants and animals and the effects of these interactions on species
diversity.
Part 5 considers the impact of land use and agricultural development
on La Selva and other areas of Costa Rica. One chapter examines land
colonization and conservation in Sarapiqui, another covers subsistence
and commercial agricultural development in the Atlantic lowlands
region, and a third looks at the forest industry in northeastern Costa
Rica. This part also assesses the role and research priorities of La
Selva.
"La Selva" provides an introduction to tropical ecology for
students and researchers at La Selva, a major source of comparative
information for biologists working in other tropical areas, and a
valuable resource for conservationists.

Foreword
Introduction: Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Rainforest
History, Physical Setting, Abiotic Environment and Ecosystem Processes Commentary
Introduction to the La Selva Biological Station
The La Selva Ecosystem: Climate Geomorphology, the Aquatic Systems
Soils of La Selva
Soil Fertility, Nutrient Acquisition and Cycling in the La Selva Forest
The Plant Community: Composition, Dynamics, and Life History Processes Commentary
La Selva Vegetation Types and Floristic Patterns
Demography of La Selva Plants
Patterns of Density and Dispersion of Forest Trees
Treefall Gap Environments and Forest Dynamic Processes
Physiological Ecology of Plants at La Selva
The Diversity of Flowering Patterns at La Selva
Flowering Plant Reproductive Systems at La Selva Biological Station
The Animal Community Commentary
The Fauna of La Selva: Patterns of Butterfly Diversity and Ecology at La Selva Biological Station
Ecological Aspects of the Fish Community at La Selva Biological Station
The Biology of La Selva Amphibians
The Reptile Fauna of La Selva: Comparisons with Other Neotropical Sites
Birds of La Selva
The Mammalian Fauna of La Selva
An Overview of Faunal Studies at La Selva
Population Biology of La Selva Animals: Life Histories, Abundance, Demography, and Predator-Prey Interactions
Plant-Animal Interactions Commentary
Plant-Herbivore Interactions at La Selva: Diversity, Specificity, and Impact
Frugivory at La Selva: An Overview
La Selva's Human Environment
La Selva in a Regional Context: Land Colonization and Conservation in Sarapiqui
Agricultural Systems in the La Selva Region: Opportunities and Recommendations for the Costa Rican Atlantic Lowlands
Forestry in Costa Rica: Status, Research Priorities and Role of La Selva
Synthesis
Appendices
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226039527
ISBN-10: 0226039528
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 18th March 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 21.59  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.13

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