Preface; 1. The tropical environment; 2. Hot deserts and environmental factors; 3. Grasslands and primary production; 4. Savanna and population dynamics; 5. Lakes, energy flow and biogeochemical cycling; 6. Rivers, floodplains and estuaries: the flood-pulse and river continuum concepts; 7. Wetlands and succession; 8. Tropical rain forest and biodiversity; 9. Mountains, zonation and community gradients; 10. Mangroves, seagrasses and decomposition; 11. Coral reefs and community ecology; 12. Isolated habitats and biogeography: islands in the sea, air and land; 13. Cities and human ecology; 14. Global ecology: biodiversity, conservation, climate change and sustainable development; Glossary; References; Index.
An introductory textbook on tropical ecology, unique in its international scope and balanced coverage of both aquatic and terrestrial systems.
'The value of a text like this is its truly global coverage ... Given its coverage and accessible treatment of the subject it deserves a wide readership.' British Ecological Society '... a good introduction into all major tropical ecosystems and will be of particular relevance for students, not only from tropical regions.' Stefan Porembski, Plant Systematics and Evolution