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Required Texts

Miyata, Ken, and Forsyth, Adrian. Tropical Nature. Touchstone, New York. 1984.

Kellman, Martin, and Tackaberry, Rosanne. Tropical Environments: the Functioning and Management of Tropical Ecosystems. Routledge, New York.1997.

Optional Texts

Beletsky, Les. Travelers’ Wildlife Guides: Costa Rica. Interlink Books, Boston. 2005.

Reference Texts

Chazdon, R. and Whitmore,T.C. Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 2002.

Leigh, E. G., Jr. Tropical Forest Ecology: A view from Barro Colorado Island. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 1999.

McDade, L. A., Bawa, K. S., Hespenheide, H. A. and Hartshorn, G. S., eds. La Selva: Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Rain Forest. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 1994.

Richards, P. W. The Tropical Rain Forest, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1996.

Terborgh, J., ed. Making Parks Work: Strategies for Preserving Tropical Nature. Island Press, Washington DC. 2002.

Whitmore, T.C. An Introduction Tropical Rain Forests, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 1998.

Other Assigned Readings


Wright, S. J. "Seasonal Drought, Soil Fertility and the Species Density of Tropical Forest Plant Communities". TREE, 1992. 7:260-263

Climate Change

Lawton, R. O., Nair, U. S., Pielke Sr.,R. A., and . Welch, R. M.. "Climatic Impact of Tropical Lowland Deforestation on Nearby Montane Cloud Forests". Science, 2001. 294:584-587.

LaVal, R.K. "Impact of Global Warming and Locally Changing Climate on Tropical Cloud Forest Bats". Journal of Mammalogy, 2004. 85:237–244.

Nadkarni, N. M., and Solano, R. "Potential Effects of Climate Change on Canopy Communities in a Tropical Cloud Forest: an Experimental Approach". Oecologia, 2002. 131:580-586.

Pounds, J. A., Fogden, M. P. L. and Campbell, J. H. "Biological Response to Climate Change on a Tropical Mountain". Nature, 1991. 398:611-615

Nutrient Dynamics

Markewitz, D., Davidson, E., Moutinho, P., and Nepstad, D. "Nutrient Loss and Redistribution after Forest Clearing on a Highly Weathered Soil in Amazonia". Ecological Applications, 2004. 14(4) Supplement: S177–S199


Phillips, O. L., Hall, P., Gentry, A. H., Sawyer, S. A., and Vasquez, R. "Dynamics and Species Richness of Tropical Rain Forests." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 1994. 91:2805-2809.

Terborgh, R. B., Foster, P. Nunez, V. "Tropical Tree Communities: A Test of the Nonequilibrium Hypothesis". Ecology, 1996. 77:561-567.