Forest Canopies

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Margaret Lowman, Nalini Moreshwar Nadkarni
Academic Press, 1995 - Nature - 624 pages
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For decades, researchers have been interested in the structure, function and inhabitants of forest canopies, but unfortunately, a large portion of this fascinating ecosystem was inaccessible. Recently, with the use of balloons, dirigibles, cranes, towers, suspended catwalks, and a variety of modern climbing equipment, scientists have begun to penetrate this dense foliage, allowing for a detailed, authoritative account of this enchanting world. Forest Canopies synthesizes the newly compiled data on canopy-dwelling organisms, including insects and other arthropods, lizards, birds, mammals, and, of course, the plants that both form and inhabit this unique aerial ecosystem.
Key Features
* Foreword by Thomas E. Lovejoy
* First synthesis of research into this previously unchartered forest region
* Details innovative techniques for the study of the canopy
* Describes the structure, function, and biodiversity of canopy ecosystems
* Ideal reading for botanists, naturalists, ecologists, and zoologists, or anyone interested in preserving the beauty of these great forests

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Contents

Canopy Access Techniques
3
Physical Mechanisms of Heat and Mass Exchange
45
Structure and Microclimate of Forest Canopies
73
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Margaret D. Lowman is Director of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Research Professor at North Carolina State University. Timothy Schowalter is Professor and Department Head in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Jerry F. Franklin is Professor of Ecosystem Analysis in the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington.

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