Tropical Forests: Management and Ecology

  • Ariel E. Lugo
  • Carol Lowe

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 112)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Problem and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. P. Lanly
      Pages 18-32
  3. Long-Term Ecological Research in Puerto Rico

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Ariel E. Lugo, Albert Bokkestijn, F. N. Scatena
      Pages 142-177
    3. Peter G. Murphy, Ariel E. Lugo, Alice J. Murphy, Daniel C. Nepstad
      Pages 178-209
    4. John K. Francis
      Pages 210-223
    5. Charlotte M. Taylor, Susan Silander, Robert B. Waide, William J. Pfeiffer
      Pages 258-285
  4. Research Areas That Require Increased Focus in the Tropics

  5. Direction for Future Research in Tropical Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. T. C. Whitmore
      Pages 397-407

About this book

Introduction

Forestry professors used to remind students that, whereas physicians bury their mistakes, foresters die before theirs are noticed. But good institutions live longer than the scientists who contribute to building them, and the half-century of work of the USDA Forest Service's Institute of Tropical Forestry (ITF) is in plain view: an unprecedented corpus of accomplishments that would instill pride in any organization. There is scarcely anyone interested in current issues of tropical forestry who would not benefit from a refresher course in ITF's findings: its early collaboration with farmers to establish plantations, its successes in what we now call social forestry, its continuous improvement of nursery practices, its screening trials of native species, its development of wood-processing technologies appropriate for developing countries, its thorough analysis of tropical forest function, and its holistic approach toward conservation of endangered species. Fortunately, ITF has a long history of information exchange through teaching; like many others, I got my own start in tropical forest ecology fromjust such a course in Puerto Rico. And long before politicians recognized the global importance of tropical forestry, the ITF staff served actively as ambassadors of the discipline, visiting tropical coun­ tries everywhere to learn and, when invited to do so, to help solve local problems. It is a general principle of biogeography that species' turnover rates on islands are higher than those on continents. Inevitably, the same is true of scientists assigned to work on islands.

Keywords

ecology ecosystem forest terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems tropical forests tropics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ariel E. Lugo
    • 1
  • Carol Lowe
    • 2
  1. 1.International Institute of Tropical ForestryUSDA Forest ServiceRío PiedrasUSA
  2. 2.Southern Forest Experiment StationUSDA Forest ServiceNew OrleansUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2498-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7563-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2498-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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