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"Overall, an ideal resource for a tropical ecology course."--Choice

"Tropical Ecology provides a superb introduction to the tropics. Kricher does a remarkable job at bringing together an enormous amount of information and presenting it in an accessible but rigorous way. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and certainly recommend it."--John G. Blake, Biotropica

"[A]n excellent college text . . . it will become my tropical ecology shelf resource."--Wildlife Activist

"Tropical Ecology has 15 chapters and is broadly organized into four sections: a large section dealing with biodiversity in tropical rain forests, a section on productivity and nutrient cycling, a section on other ecosystems in the tropics, and a final section on human ecology in the tropics, including relevant issues in conservation. The first chapter gives an overview of tropical ecology, providing a nice background on the rich history of tropical fieldwork including that of Darwin, Wallace, and Humboldt. It provides a useful synopsis of the advances in tropical ecology over the years. It further gives a nice overview of all the biomes around the world, and a wonderfully succinct and accessible summary of the climatic processes that create the global diversity in biomes. . . . In general . . . Kricher was successful in convincing the reader about the unique contributions of tropical ecology to our understanding of ecological processes, especially to our understanding of how biodiversity is generated and maintained. This textbook is a wonderful starting point or reference for students and those generally interested in learning more about tropical ecology."--Ecology

"Tropical Ecology by John Kricher unifies both perspectives to a great textbook. While reviewing the different conceptual angels that are necessary to grasp the ecology of the world's tropics, many well-chosen examples illustrate the need to be aware of countless 'descriptive' facts and phenomena before theories can be used to explain them. By viewing topics from many different angles (such as climate, plant physiology, behaviour, evolution, geology), the book makes clear the multidisciplinarity of understanding tropical ecosystems. . . . I think it is a great dual-purpose book. With its non-technical style, nice colour pictures and graphs, and good didactical organization (e.g., boxes for special case stories; accompanying slides for lecturing on http://press.princeton.edu/links/kricher/) it makes a highly recommended, multidisciplinary textbook for academic teaching. At the same time it can be used as a comprehensive review of the state of the art and as a guide to recent original literature for graduate students and researchers starting new on one of the topics."--Jan Beck, Elsevier

"As this textbook follows at the heels of Kricher's successful Neotropical Companion, it is no surprise that the text is clearly written and should be accessible to undergraduate and starting graduate students, the primary target of this text. The textbook is written in a narrative that, despite its length, is easy to digest. Kricher uses approachable examples with clear illustrations, and the text is well organized. As a whole, the textbook is nicely done and should provide a wonderful complement for a course in tropical ecology."--J. Albert C. Uy, Ecological Society of America

"The book can be dipped into for an in-depth read on many subjects and it is liberally scattered with colour photographs, graphs and quotes from many current research papers. Overall this is a comprehensive account of the ecology of the neotropics and is highly recommended for students."--John Feltwell, Biologist

"I think it is a great dual-purpose book. With its non-technical style, nice colour pictures and graphs, and good didactical organization . . . it makes a highly recommended, multidisciplinary textbook for academic teaching. At the same time it can be used as a comprehensive review of the state of the art and as a guide to recent original literature for graduate students and researchers starting new on one of the topics."--Jan Beck, Basic and Applied Ecology

"Kricher has written the text in an easy to read style, which makes the study of the subject pleasurable, rather than a chore. Overall, Kricher provides a great text for the beginning and advanced student. I would recommend it as a text for students to obtain a good understanding of the concepts of tropical ecology."--Noel D. Preece, Austral Ecology

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"Finally, an appropriate general text to use in tropical biology courses. Other books on tropical rain forest ecology are either too general or too technical for use in undergraduate or even graduate courses, so this book definitely fills a need."--Robert A. Askins, Connecticut College

"Kricher does a remarkable job of bringing the wonder and diversity of tropical ecosystems together into one text, while providing a solid framework in ecological and evolutionary theory. The task of treating the tropics in one accessible book is daunting, and Tropical Ecology comes closer to accomplishing that goal than any book I have seen."--Gregory S. Gilbert, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is an excellent book that fills a significant need for a course text to accompany both upper-level lecture classes and field courses in tropical ecology. Kricher has an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural history of tropical organisms. I feel confident that this book will be adopted widely."--James Dalling, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1/29/11 edition (March 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691115133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691115139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There are many good books available about ecology but only few witch specialise on the tropics.

This book focuses on the ecology of the tropics and it is a remarkable achievement. Illustrated with many
graphics and pictures and written in a very easy to read language it is very interesting and
it was really hard to stop reading in it - not something you can say of most scientific books.

The book covers all the important topics in tropical ecology incl. nutrient cycles, the reason
for the biodiversity in the tropics, trophic dynamics, carbon cycles and much more. The main
focus is on rain forests but other ecosystems like savannas are also covered.

The author knows the Neotropics best and so many examples and stories from the book are from the
Neotropics but other areas like Africa and south-east Asia are also covered.

The author explains everything from an evolutionary point of view which is crucial for understading
how biodiversity developed and how ecosystems work in the tropics. Without a solid grasp of evolution,
it would be impossible to understand tropical ecology.

I also loved the chapters on conservation. It think the author paints a very realistic picture. Neither a "Don't worry,
everything will be fine" nor a "It is too late, the tropics are doomed" attitude. In the end it is encouraging
for the reader to travel to the tropics and to get active for their conservation.

A note about potential readers: The book is targeted mostly at college students but I think everyone
with an interested in the tropics (e.g. bird watchers, conservationists, travellers, government employees, etc)
can and should read this book.
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The book is very well written and full of very interesting information. I am a journalist/ photographer and all new on that subject but it is giving me amazing information on the Tropics. When you get to a word or two that are difficult to understand there is always an explanation next to it.You can find anything from Americas tropical ecology and from around the world. Plants, animals, birds, soil, comparisons, names of the animals, their behavior in the forest,very interesting descriptions of the regions,mountains and animals in details in an easy way of understanding.I am also reading Emmons, Neotropical Rainforest Mammals and she is also very good but it is more like a dictionary/ encyclopedia with a lot of detailed descriptions of each specie with several local and scientific names therefore more used for researchers and for students.I bought Tropical Ecology 06 months ago. I still have not finished reading it therefore I believe its content is much wider than my brief opinion here.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have looked at the hard copy of this book and it looks outstanding. However, I have a question about the kindle version. Has anyone purchased the kindle version of Tropical Ecology? I know that a few images are not included in the ebook because of digital copyright issues, but they are minimal in number. More crucial are my concerns about the text. Are there many problems with words strung out over several lines, unusual or scientific words scrambled, etc., such that the readability of the book is impacted? I have run across these problems in a few other ebooks and they could be a serious issue in a scientific book such as Tropical Ecology.
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Great book, straightforward, easy to understand. Lots of pictures, diagrams, clear explanations, and detail. A great tropical ecology book for the novice and expert alike. Useful for teaching a class. Highly recommend.
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A review of this book was published in Austral Ecology this year:
Preece, N.D. (2013) Book Review: Tropical Ecology. John Kricher. Princeton University Press. Austral Ecology 38, e5-e6.
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