Ecological Studies

Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador

Editors: Beck, E., Bendix, J., Kottke, I., Makeschin, F., Mosandl, R. (Eds.)

  • Investigates the tropical mountain ecosystem of one of the "hottest" hotspots of biodiversity in the world
  • Presents several new hypotheses with regard to biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the sustainable management of a biodiversity hotspot
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A tropical mountain ecosystem in one of the "hottest" biodiversity hotspots worldwide was investigated by some 30 research teams of numerous disciplines in the natural and social sciences. Ecosystem analysis followed two gradients: an altitudinal gradient and a gradient of land-use intensity and ecosystem regeneration, respectively.

This volume addresses a multitude of ecologically relevant aspects: macro- and microclimate; physics, chemistry and biology of soils; water relations, matter turnover and nutrient availability; plant growth and biomass partitioning; floral composition and plant life forms; vegetation structure and dynamics; organismic interactions, diversity and population biology of birds, moths and microarthropods; forest management, and reforestation with indigenous species; ethnobotanical and social aspects. New hypotheses are presented with regard to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, as well as sustainable management of an ecosystem in a biodiversity hotspot.

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From the reviews:

"The editors of this book have attempted to address the complexity of this mountain ecosystem through the work of 140 researchers in around 30 research groups. … The many illustrations throughout the book are clear and informative. … The book is targeted at those interested in ecosystem studies and sustainable land management and resource use … . I would recommend it to anyone interested in the complexities of mountain ecosystems … ." (Paul M. Ramsay, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 28 (3/4), August-November, 2008)

"The book offers a detailed picture of the research conducted within the interdisciplinary project in Ecuador and is therefore particularly suited for people working in tropical mountain rainforests. Yet, it may also be of interest to anybody studying altitudinal or disturbance gradients as the chapters address a large number of ecologically important aspects. … Overall, the chapters are very well illustrated with lots of coloured flow-charts, photos and figures." (Nina Farwig, Basic and Applied Ecology, Issue 10, 2009)


Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • The Ecosystem (Reserva Biológica San Francisco)

    Beck, E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Mountain Rain Forests in Southern Ecuador as a Hotspot of Biodiversity – Limited Knowledge and Diverging Patterns

    Brehm, G. (et al.)

    Pages 15-23

  • The People Settled Around Podocarpus National Park

    Pohle, P.

    Pages 25-36

  • Ecuador Suffers the Highest Deforestation Rate in South America

    Mosandl, R. (et al.)

    Pages 37-40

  • Methodological Challenges of a Megadiverse Ecosystem

    Brehm, G. (et al.)

    Pages 41-47

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eBook $369.00
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Hardcover $469.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $469.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-09266-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gradients in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of Ecuador
Editors
  • Erwin Beck
  • Jörg Bendix
  • Ingrid Kottke
  • Franz Makeschin
  • Reinhard Mosandl
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
198
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-73526-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-73526-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-73525-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09266-4
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 525
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