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Forest Canopies - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124575530, 9780080491349

Forest Canopies

2nd Edition

Authors: Margaret Lowman H. Rinker
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124575530
eBook ISBN: 9780080491349
Paperback ISBN: 9781493301515
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2004
Page Count: 544
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Table of Contents

SECTION I: Structures of Forest Canopies
Chapter 1: The Nature of Forest Canopies
Side Bar: Verticality and Habitat Analysis: MacArthur and Wilson"s Biogeography Theory Revisited
Side Bar: Empty Space: Another View of Forest Canopy Structure
Chapter 2: Tropical Microclimate Considerations
Chapter 3: Quantifying and Visualizing Canopy Structure in Tall Forests: Methods and a Case Study
Side Bar: "Canopy Trekking": A Ground-Independent, Rope-Based Method for Horizontal Movement
Chapter 4: Vertical Organization of Canopy Biota
Side Bar: Macaws: Dispersers in a Tropical Habitat
Side Bar: Vertical Stratification Among Neotropical Migrants
Chapter 5: Age-Related Development of Canopy Structure and Its Ecological Functions
Side Bar: Measuring Canopy Structure: The Forest Canopy Database Project
Chapter 6: A History of Tree Canopies
Side Bar: The Evolution of Rain Forest Animals
Side Bar: The Botanical Ghosts of Evolution
SECTION II: Organisms in Forest Canopies
Chapter 7: What Is Canopy Biology? A Microbial Perspective
Side Bar: Arboreal Stromatolites: A 230 Million Year Old Record
Chapter 8: Lichens and Bryophytes in Forest Canopies
Chapter 9: Vascular Epiphytes
Side Bar: Orchid Adaptations to an Epiphytic Lifestyle
Side Bar: Tank Bromeliads—Faunal Ecology
Side Bar: Strangler Fig Trees: Demons or Heroes of the Canopy?
Chapter 10: Mistletoes: A Unique Constituent of Canopies Worldwide
Chapter 11: Hidden in Plain Sight: Mites in the Canopy
Chapter 12: Soil Microarthopods: Belowground Fauna that Sustain Forest Systems
Chapter 13: Tardigrades: Bears of the Canopy
Side Bar: Rotifers in the Water Film
Chapter 14: The Biodiversity Question: How Many Species of Terrestrial Arthropods Are There?
Side Bar: Insect Zoos as Windows into Forest Canopies
Chapter 15: Physical Transport, Heterogeneity, and Interactions Involving Canopy Anoles
Side Bar: The Color of Poison: Flamboyant Frogs in the Rain Forest Canopy
Chapter 16: Ecology and Conservation of Canopy Mammals
Side Bar: Vertical Stratification of Small Mammals in Lowland Rain Forest of the Australian Wet Tropics
Side Bar: Body Mass of Gliding Mammals: An Energetic Approach
Side Bar: Orangutans: The Largest Canopy Dwellers
SECTION III: Ecological Processes in Forest Canopies
Chapter 17: Photosynthesis in Forest Canopies
Chapter 18: Insect Herbivory in Tropical Forests
Side Bar: Measuring Forest Herbivory Levels Using Canopy Cranes
Side Bar: The Leipzig Canopy Crane Project: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Function in a Temperate Decidious Forest
Chapter 19: Nutrient Cycling
Chapter 20: Reproductive Biology and Genetics of Tropical Trees from a Canopy Perspective
Side Bar: DNA Sequences and Orchid Classification
Chapter 21: Decomposition in Forest Canopies
Chapter 22: Survival Strategies: A Matter of Life and Death
SECTION IV: Conservation and Forest Canopies
Chapter 23: Tarzan or Jane? A Short History of Canopy Biology
Side Bar: Canopy Walkways: Highways in the Sky
Side Bar: International Canopy Crane Network
Chapter 24: Economics and the Forest Canopy
Side Bar: Ethnobotany in Forest Canopies
Side Bar: The Value of Herbaria for Plant Conservation
Chapter 25: Ecotourism and the Treetops
Side Bar: A Climb for Conservation
Side Bar: Florida From the Treetops
Chapter 26: The Reintegration of Wonder into the Emerging Science of Canopy Ecology
Side Bar: Global Canopy Programme: A Worldwide Alliance for Forest Studies
Side Bar: International Canopy Network (ICAN)


The treetops of the world's forests are where discovery and opportunity abound, however they have been relatively inaccessible until recently. This book represents an authoritative synthesis of data, anecdotes, case studies, observations, and recommendations from researchers and educators who have risked life and limb in their advocacy of the High Frontier. With innovative rope techniques, cranes, walkways, dirigibles, and towers, they finally gained access to the rich biodiversity that lives far above the forest floor and the emerging science of canopy ecology. In this new edition of Forest Canopies, nearly 60 scientists and educators from around the world look at the biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation of forest canopy ecosystems.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive literature list
  • State-of-the-art results and data sets from current field work
  • Foremost scientists in the field of canopy ecology
  • Expanded collaboration of researchers and international projects
  • User-friendly format with sidebars and case studies
  • Keywords and outlines for each chapter


Graduate, undergraduate and advanced high school students, technicians, professors, teachers, resource managers, naturalists, libraries, NGO's, government workers, foundations, natural resource professionals and ecologists in the fields of Zoology, Botany, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Studies, Wildlife Resources, Forestry, Conservation


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"An unequaled panorama of the rapidly developing insights of the once unobtainable canopy frontier...where exploration and discovery are at their most exciting...anyone interested in understanding forests can only do so with this valuable book." --Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center for Science Economics and the Environment

"A better understanding of forest canopies, their biodiversity and canopy processes is crucial to understanding and addressing many of today's environmental issues..[this volume] is a must-read for all those interested in forest canopies."
--Nigel E. Stork, Rainforest CRC, James Cook University, TRENDS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, June 2005

"Each chapter is extensively referenced and accompanied by numerous figures and tables...This text is suitable for scientists, students, policy makers, conservationists, and educators." -- SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST

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About the Authors

Margaret Lowman

Biographical Sketch


Chief Scientist, TREE Foundation

In October 1999, Meg Lowman became the Chief Executive Officer of Selby Botanical Gardens, an institution that specializes in tropical plants, especially epiphytes. Under her leadership, the Gardens expanded membership by 45% and fund-raising by over 100%. For eight years prior, she had been the Director of Research and Conservation there, overseeing a staff of scientists and educators. Her expertise involves canopy ecology, particularly plant-insect relationships, and spans over 25 years in Australia, Peru, Africa, the Americas, and the South Pacific. She has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and three books. After eleven years of service, she resigned from Selby Gardens to devote more time to her passions for public science, pursuing research, education and conservation with TREE Foundation.

Prior to joining Selby, Meg was an assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Williams College, Massachusetts where she pioneered several aspects of temperate forest canopy research and built the first canopy walkway in North America. From 1978-89, she lived in Australia and worked on canopy processes in both rain forests and dry sclerophyll forests. She was instrumental in determining the causes of the eucalypt dieback syndrome that destroyed millions of trees in rural Australia, and assisted with conservation programs for tree regeneration. She is also involved in long-term studies of rain forest regeneration.

Meg has developed an expertise for the use of different canopy access techniques, including ropes, walkways, hot air balloons, construction cranes, and combinations of these methods. She frequently speaks about her jungle adventures and about rain forest conservation to educational groups, ranging from elementary classes to corporate executives to international conferences. She continues to travel worldwide to “map” the canopy for biodiversity,

Affiliations and Expertise

New College of Florida, Sarasota, U.S.A.

H. Rinker

H. Bruce Rinker

Director of Research & Conservation

Administrator, Center for Canopy Ecology

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 South Palm Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S.A.

941-955-7553 ext. 15 (Voice)

941-951-1474 (Facsimile)

H. Bruce Rinker, a 1979 graduate of VA TECH’s College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources (Blacksburg, VA), is a doctoral candidate in environmental studies at Antioch New England Graduate School (Keene, NH). He was elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club in March 1998, a Switzer Environmental Fellow in May 2000, and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences in 2002. In September 2000, he became the director of canopy ecology at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL. In July 2002, Bruce was appointed the fifth director of research and conservation in the Gardens’ history.

Mr. Rinker is a member of the research board of directors for the Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies (ACTS) near Iquitos, Peru. On the editorial boards for BioScience Productions, Inc. and the international periodical, Selbyana, Mr. Rinker is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Florida Academy of Sciences, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Organization of Tropical Studies, the Association for Tropical Biology, the Aldo Leopold Society, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Society for Conservation Biology, and others. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and has made presentations to audiences all over the world. Mr. Rinker’s scientific expeditions include various trips to the Galápagos Islands; into the High Andes of Ecuador and Peru; the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru; the rainforests of Australia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Costa Rica and French Guyana; the Congo Basin of Cameroon, West Africa; the deserts and reefs of the Middle East; the sub-arctic regions of Labrador; and other places.

Affiliations and Expertise

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.