Tropical rain forest ecology diversity and conservation rain forests represent the worlds richest repository of terrestrial biodiversity and play a major role in regulating the global climate they support the livelihoods of a substantial proportion of the worlds population and are the source of many internationally traded commodities. Tropical rain forest ecology diversity and conservation jaboury ghazoul and douglas sheil a comprehensive attractive and readable introduction to tropical rain forest ecology and conservation tackling the subject at local regional and global scales. The book starts by introducing the variety of rain forest plants fungi microorganisms and animals emphasising the spectacular diversity that is the motivation for their conservation the central chapters describe the origins of rain forest communities the variety of rain forest formations and their ecology and dynamics. Christopher w dick ecology evolutionary biology and herbarium university of michigan ann arbor michigan and smithsonian tropical research institute balboa ancn republic of panama. Tropical rain forest ecology diversity and conservation introduces and explores what rain forests are how they arose what they contain how they function and how humans use and impact them the book starts by introducing the variety of rain forest plants fungi microorganisms and animals emphasizing the spectacular diversity that is a
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