Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes in Tropical Forests

  • Gordon H. Orians
  • Rodolfo Dirzo
  • J. Hall Cushman
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 122)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Gordon H. Orians, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Hall Cushman
    Pages 1-9
  3. Michael Huston, Larry Gilbert
    Pages 33-47
  4. Whendee L. Silver, Sandra Brown, Ariel E. Lugo
    Pages 49-67
  5. D. Jean Lodge, David L. Hawksworth, Barbara J. Ritchie
    Pages 69-100
  6. John J. Ewel, Seth W. Bigelow
    Pages 101-126
  7. Marcel Rejmánek
    Pages 153-172
  8. Alison G. Power, Alexander S. Flecker
    Pages 173-194
  9. Gordon H. Orians, Rodolfo Dirzo, J. Hall Cushman
    Pages 195-220
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-232

About these proceedings


Although biologists have directed much attention to estimating the extent and causes of species losses, the consequences for ecosystem functioning have been little studied.
This book examines the impact of biodiversity on ecosystem processes in tropical forests - one of the most species-rich and at the same time most endangered ecosystems on earth. It covers the relationships between biodiversity and primary production, secondary production, biogeochemical cycles, soil processes, plant life forms, responses to disturbance, and resistance to invasion. The analyses focus on the key ecological interfaces where the loss of keystone species is most likely to influence the rate and stability of ecosystem processes.


Artenvielfalt Biodiversität Tropenwälder Tropical Forests biodiversity biogeochemical cycles ecosystem ecosystem processes forest Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon H. Orians
    • 1
  • Rodolfo Dirzo
    • 2
  • J. Hall Cushman
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of ZoologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Centro de EcologíaUnivesidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico D.F.México
  3. 3.Dept. of BiologySonoma State UniversityRohnert ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79757-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79755-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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