Dynamics of Tropical Communities: 37th Symposium of the British Ecological Society

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D. M. Newbery, H. H. T. Prins, N. D. Brown
Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Nature - 650 pages
Tropical communities are recognised as among the most species-rich and dynamic in the world. Yet far from existing as dynamic equilibria, large unpredictable disruptive events are seen as dominating the longer-term dynamics set against the background of global change. This volume challenges the dynamic equilibrium idea yet further, arguing for thinking on a timescale of decades to centuries, finding new ways to handle unpredictability and uniqueness, and evaluating species diversity and community change at different scales. This volume would appeal to both researchers and advanced students of ecology.
 

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Contents

Patterns in postdispersal seed removal by neotropical rodents
25
factors
51
Differential effects of smallscale fishing on predatory and prey
95
responses
125
Limits to tree species distributions in lowland tropical rainforest
163
Community structure and the demography of primary species
193
Riskspreading and riskreducing tactics of West African
221
Limits to exploitation of Serengeti wildebeest and implications
243
model
361
Evolution and diversity in Amazonian floodplain communities
385
Community dynamics of arboreal insectivorous birds in African
421
towards
449
a question of scales
491
Disturbance and succession on the Krakatau Islands Indonesia
515
Major disturbances in tropical rainforests
549
The impact of traditional and modern cultivation practices
567

Phenology and dynamics of an African rainforest at Korup
267
present past and future
309
Effects of habitat fragmentation on plantpollinator interactions
339
Tropical forestsspatial pattern and change with time
599
List of reviewers
617
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