Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests

Ecology and Conservation

  • Editors
  • Rodolfo Dirzo
  • Hillary S. Young
  • Harold A. Mooney
  • Gerardo Ceballos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests as a Natural System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reynaldo Linares-Palomino, Ary T. Oliveira-Filho, R. Toby Pennington
      Pages 3-21
    3. G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Carlos Portillo-Quintero
      Pages 45-57
  3. Animal Biodiversity of Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Diana H. Wall, Grizelle González, Breana L. Simmons
      Pages 61-70
    3. Kathryn E. Stoner, Robert M. Timm
      Pages 85-106
  4. Ecosystem Processes in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. VÍctor J. Jaramillo, Angelina MartÍnez-YrÍzar, Robert L. Sanford Jr.
      Pages 109-128
  5. Human Impacts and Conservation in Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Mauricio Quesada, Fernando Rosas, Ramiro Aguilar, Lorena Ashworth, Víctor M. Rosas-Guerrero, Roberto Sayago et al.
      Pages 173-194
    3. Robin L. Chazdon, Celia A. Harvey, Miguel Martínez-Ramos, Patricia Balvanera, Jorge E. Schondube, Kathryn E. Stoner et al.
      Pages 195-219
    4. Jeffrey A. Klemens, Nicholas J. Deacon, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
      Pages 221-237
    5. Patricia Balvanera, Alicia Castillo, MarÍa JosÉ MartÍnez-Harms
      Pages 259-277
    6. Patrick Meir, R. Toby Pennington
      Pages 279-299
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-392

About this book


Though seasonally dry tropical forests are equally as important to global biodiversity as tropical rainforests, and are one of the most representative and highly endangered ecosystems in Latin America, knowledge about them remains limited because of the relative paucity of attention paid to them by scientists and researchers and a lack of published information on the subject.


Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests seeks to address this shortcoming by bringing together a range of experts in diverse fields including biology, ecology, biogeography, and biogeochemistry, to review, synthesize, and explain the current state of our collective knowledge on the ecology and conservation of seasonally dry tropical forests.


The book offers a synthetic and cross-disciplinary review of recent work with an expansive scope, including sections on distribution, diversity, ecosystem function, and human impacts. Throughout, contributors emphasize conservation issues, particularly emerging threats and promising solutions, with key chapters on climate change, fragmentation, restoration, ecosystem services, and sustainable use.


Seasonally dry tropical forests are extremely rich in biodiversity, and are seriously threatened. They represent scientific terrain that is poorly explored, and there is an urgent need for increased understanding of the system's basic ecology. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests represents an important step in bringing together the most current scientific information about this vital ecosystem and disseminating it to the scientific and conservation communities.


Conservation Dry forests Latin America Neotropics Seasonally dry tropical forests

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