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Forests -- Tropical Rainforests

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is tropical rainforests.


Six Superlative Sources

· Richards, P. W. 1996. The Tropical Rain Forest. 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press. This is the classic source, updated for the second edition.

· Janzen, D. H. (editor). 1983. Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press. Rich with life history accounts of individual species of plants and animals.

· Leigh, E. G., A. S. Rand, and D. M. Windsor (editors). 1982. The Ecology of a Tropical Forest: Seasonal rhythms and long-term changes. Smithsonian Institution Press. A remarkably well-integrated account of the Smithsonian's research station on Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

· Nadkarni, N. M. and N. T. Wheelwright (editors). 2000. Monteverde: Ecology and conservation of a tropical cloud forest. Oxford University Press. A broad set of views of a well-known montane site.

· Kricher, J. C. 1989. A Neotropical Companion: An introduction to the animals, plants, and ecosystems of the New World tropics. Princeton University Press. An entertaining overview written for the interested lay reader.

· Gradwohl, J. and R. Greenberg. 1988. Saving the Tropical Forests. Island Press. A very readable look at the remarkable variety of conservation approaches in the tropics.

Other Excellent Sources

· Whitmore, T. C. 1990. An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests. Clarendon Press.

· Whitmore, T. C. 1984. Tropical Rain Forests of the Far East. 2nd Edition. Clarendon Press.

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