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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About the author (1995)

Nalini M. Nadkarni is a Professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Nathaniel T. Wheelwright is a Professor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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