Landscape Ecology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 295–296 | Cite as

Tropical forests revisited

W. P. Carson and S. A. Schnitzer (eds.): Tropical forest community ecology. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, 2008, 517 pp, illus., maps; 24 cm, US $210 (Hardback) ISBN 978-1-4051-8952-1, US $90.00 (Paperback) ISBN 978-1-4051-1897-2
  • J. Alberto Gallardo-CruzEmail author
  • Stefan Schindler
Book Review

The fascination for tropical forests, one of the most intriguing ecological systems on the planet, is greater than ever. The rapid development of tropical forest ecology since the seventies, although providing answers to many research questions, simultaneously triggered a hype of theories, approaches, discoveries, and questions, which this book tries to summarize and integrate into an overall picture.

As it certainly will be for scholars interested in tropical community ecology, this volume should be highly stimulating for ecologists specialized in a wide array of disciplines and habitats. The book offers the peer-reviewed works of 57 contributors who aptly linked theory with empirical information, supporting their work with more than 2,000 milestone references. The editors played the role of an orchestra conductor by selecting and organizing a series of topics that depict the state of the art in tropical forest community ecology. Such an ambitious goal was achieved by organizing the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Natural Resources, Faculty of SciencesUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexicoMexico
  2. 2.Department of Conservation Biology, Vegetation & Landscape EcologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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