- Series: Physiological Ecology
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (September 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0124575536
- ISBN-13: 978-0124575530
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,656,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forest Canopies, Second Edition (Physiological Ecology) 2nd Edition
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"An unequaled panorama of the rapidly developing insights of the once unobtainable canopy frontier...where exploration and discovery are at their most exciting...anyone interested in understanding forests can only do so with this valuable book."
- Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center for Science Economics and the Environment
"A better understanding of forest canopies, their biodiversity and canopy processes is crucial to understanding and addressing many of today's environmental issues..[this volume] is a must-read for all those interested in forest canopies."
-Nigel E. Stork, Rainforest CRC, James Cook University, TRENDS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, June 2005
"Each chapter is extensively referenced and accompanied by numerous figures and tables...This text is suitable for scientists, students, policy makers, conservationists, and educators."
- SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST
This book is an authoritative synthesis of studies in ecology and evolution that promotes a whole-system viewpoint of the world's forests.
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Top Customer Reviews
As forest canopies are hard to reach, it would be nice to see beautiful photos of different canopies. Unfortunately, there are not much photos, they are small, many of them black and white and often unsharp.
Many chapters include extensive praise to the new canopy access techniques. Forest canopies are "final frontiers", like nobody would have seen them before. New rope based techniques have certainly vastly improved data gathering from canopies, but they have been entered from pre-historic times for gathering fruits, honey etc. Actually, not more than a ladder is needed to access canopy, and many ordinary people are also able to climb trees without any aid. Of course, not the canopies of the giant trees of western North America, and the trees of tropical rainforest may also pose great difficulties. This brings me to the fact that the discussion is concentrated in very tall forests and tropical rainforests to the extent that one could think other forests do not have canopies. Some writers almost equate canopy = tropical rainforest canopy.
Despite my cricism, I find this book very interesting, but I would like less praise, and instead one chapter on the canopies of temperate deciduous forest.