Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas

Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management

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Features

  • Covers new developments undertaken for monitoring tropical dry forests ecosystem functions in relation with services they provide from global to national levels
  • Uses latitudinal comparison of the same ecosystem and has a good balance between ecology, remote sensing, and social science/decision-policy making
  • Includes valuable standardized datasets for comparison and recommendations on ways to improve global monitoring of dry forests
  • Presents cutting edge remote sensing techniques and novel information on building additional datasets
  • Provides examples of successful monitoring programmes written by contributors who are renowned global scientists

Summary

Under threat from natural and human disturbance, tropical dry forests are the most endangered ecosystem in the tropics, yet they rarely receive the scientific or conservation attention they deserve. In a comprehensive overview, Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management examines new approaches for data sampling and analysis using remote sensing technology, discusses new ecological and econometric methods, and critically evaluates the socio-economic pressures that these forest are facing at the continental and national levels.

The book includes studies from Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil that provide in-depth knowledge about the function, status, and conservation efforts of these endangered forests. It presents key elements of synthesis from standardized work conducted across all sites. This unique contribution provides new light in terms of these forests compared to each other not only from an ecological perspective but also in terms of the pressures that they are facing, and their respective responses.

Written by experts from a diversity of fields, this reference brings together the many facets of function, use, heritage, and future potential of these forests. It presents an important and exciting synthesis of many years of work across countries, disciplines, and cultures. By standardizing approaches for data sampling and analysis, the book gives readers comparison information that cannot be found anywhere else given the high level of disparity that exists in the current literature.

Table of Contents

Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: The Tropi-Dry Endeavour

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Julio Calvo, Mario Marcos do Espirito Santo, Geraldo W. Fernandes, Jeniffer Powers, Mauricio Quesada

Tropical Dry Forest Ecological Succession in Mexico: Synthesis of a long-term study

Mauricio Quesada, Mariana Alvarez-Anorve, Luis Avila-Cabadilla, Alicia Castillo, Martha Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Silvana Martén-Rodríguez, Victor Rosas-Guerrero, Roberto Sayago, Gumersindo Sánchez-Montoya, José Miguel Contreras-Sánchez, Francisco Balvino-Olvera, Sergio Ricardo Olvera-García, Sergio Lopez-Valencia and Natalia Valdespino-Vázquez

The status of knowledge, conservation and management of tropical dry forest in the Magdalena river valley, Colombia

Fernando Fernández-Méndez, Omar Melo, Esteban Alvarez, Uriel Perez, Alfredo Lozano

Brazilian Tropical Dry forest on basalt and limestone outcrops: status of knowledge and perspectives

Marcel S. Coelho, G. Wilson Fernandes, G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Tropical dry forests of Northern Minas Gerais, Brazil: diversity, conservation status and natural regeneration.

Mário M. do Espírito Santo, Lemuel Olívio Leite, Frederico de Siqueira Neves, Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes, Magno Augusto Zazá Borges, Luiz Alberto Dolabela Falcão, Flávia Fonseca Pezzini, Ricardo Louro Berbara, Henrique Maia Valério, G. Wilson Fernandes, Manoel Reinaldo Leite, Carlos Magno Santos Clemente, Marcos Esdras Leite

A Review of Remote Sensing of Tropical Dry Forests

Michael Hesketh and Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Phenological patterns of tropical dry forest along latitudinal and successional gradients in the Neotropics

Martha Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Mauricio Quesada, Mariana Alvarez-Anorve, Luis Avila-Cabadilla, Silvana Martén-Rodríguez, Julio Calvo-Alvarado, Mario Marcos Espiritu-Santo, Geraldo W. Fernandes, G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, María de Jesús Aguilar-Aguilar, Francisco Balvino-Olvera, Diego Brandão, José Miguel Contreras-Sánchez, Joselândio Correa-Santos, Jacob Cristobal-Perez, Paola Fernandez, Branco Hilje, Claudia Jacobi, Flávia Pezzini, Fernando Rosas, Victor Rosas-Guerrero, Gumersindo Sánchez-Montoya, Roberto Sayago, Arely Vázquez-Ramirez

Plant functional trait variation in tropical dry forests: A review and synthesis

Catherine M. Hulshof, Angelina Martínez-Yrízar, Alberto Burquez, Brad Boyle, and Brian J. Enquist

Nutrient Cycling in Tropical Dry Forests.

Maria Gabriela Gei and Jennifer S. Powers

Edge Influence on canopy openness and understory microclimate in two neotropical dry forest fragments.

Carlos Portillo-Quintero; G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa; Mario Marcos Espirito Santo

Fruit-eating bats and birds of three seasonal tropical dry forests in the Americas.

Jafet M. Nassar, Kathryn E. Stoner, Luis D. Avila-Cabadilla, Mario M. Espirito-Santo, Carla I. Aranguren, José A. González-Carcacía, Juan Manuel Lobato-García, Lemuel Leite Olivio, Mariana Yolotl Alvarez-Añorve, Hugo N. de Matos Brandão, Luiz A. Dolabela Falcão, Jon Paul Rodríguez

Spatio-temporal dynamics of insects in a Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest.

Frederico de S. Neves, Jhonathan O. Silva, Tatianne Marques, João Gabriel Mota Souza, Bruno Madeira, Mário M. Espírito-Santo and G. Wilson Fernandes

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: essential belowground organisms in tropical dry environments.

Ricardo L.L. Berbara, Bruno T. Goto, Khadija Jobim, Fernanda Covacevish, Henrique Manoel Fonseca

An evaluation of Rainfall interception in secondary TDFs

César D. Jiménez-Rodríguez,Julio C. Calvo-Alvarado

Linkages between ecosystem structure, composition and leaf area index along a tropical dry forest chronosequence in Mexico

Yingduan Huang, G Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Benoit Rivard, Mauricio Quesada

Seed Germination Of Arboreal-Shrub Species With Different Dispersal Mechanisms In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest

Giovana Rodrigues da Luz; Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes

Inter-specific and inter-annual variation in foliar phenological patterns in a successional mosaic of a dry forest in the Central Llanos of Venezuela

Soraya del Carmen Villalobos, José A. González-Carcacía, Jon Paul Rodríguez and Jafet M. Nassar

Floristic, Structural And Functional Group Variations In Tree Assemblages In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest: Effects Of Successional Stage And Soil Properties

Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes, Giovana Rodrigues da Luz, Saimo Rebleth de Souza, Diellen Librelon da Silva, Maria das Dores Magalhães Veloso, Mário Marcos do Espírito Santo, Rubens Manoel dos Santos

Tree diameter growth of three successional stages of tropical dry forests, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Costa Rica

Dorian Carvajal Vanegas, Julio César Calvo-Alvarado

CO enrichment effects in the spectral signature of lianas and tree species from tropical dry forests

Yumi Oki, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Carlos Portillo, Payri Yamarte Loreto, G. Wilson Fernandes

Tropical dry forests in Latin America: analyzing history of land use and present socio-ecological struggles

Alicia Castillo, Mauricio Quesada, Francisco Rodriguez, Felisa Anaya, Claudia Galicia, Francisco Monge, Romulo Barbosa, Andrea Zhouri, Julio Calvo-Alvarado, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Conflicts Between Conservation Units And Traditional Communities In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest

Felisa C. Anaya, Rômulo S. Barbosa and Andréa Zhouri

Predicting Policy Impact on Tropical Dry Forests

Alexander Pfaff, Juan Robalino

Traditional ecological knowledge of rural communities in areas of seasonally dry tropical forest in Serra do Cipó, Brazil

Emmanuel Duarte Almada, Marcel Serra Coelho, André Vieira Quitino, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Julio Calvo, Mario Marcos do Espirito Santo, Geraldo W. Fernandes, Jeniffer Powers, Mauricio Quesada

Tropical Dry Forest Ecological Succession in Mexico: Synthesis of a long-term study

Mauricio Quesada, Mariana Alvarez-Anorve, Luis Avila-Cabadilla, Alicia Castillo, Martha Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Silvana Martén-Rodríguez, Victor Rosas-Guerrero, Roberto Sayago, Gumersindo Sánchez-Montoya, José Miguel Contreras-Sánchez, Francisco Balvino-Olvera, Sergio Ricardo Olvera-García, Sergio Lopez-Valencia and Natalia Valdespino-Vázquez

The status of knowledge, conservation and management of tropical dry forest in the Magdalena river valley, Colombia

Fernando Fernández-Méndez, Omar Melo, Esteban Alvarez, Uriel Perez, Alfredo Lozano

Brazilian Tropical Dry forest on basalt and limestone outcrops: status of knowledge and perspectives

Marcel S. Coelho, G. Wilson Fernandes, G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Tropical dry forests of Northern Minas Gerais, Brazil: diversity, conservation status and natural regeneration.

Mário M. do Espírito Santo, Lemuel Olívio Leite, Frederico de Siqueira Neves, Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes, Magno Augusto Zazá Borges, Luiz Alberto Dolabela Falcão, Flávia Fonseca Pezzini, Ricardo Louro Berbara, Henrique Maia Valério, G. Wilson Fernandes, Manoel Reinaldo Leite, Carlos Magno Santos Clemente, Marcos Esdras Leite

A Review of Remote Sensing of Tropical Dry Forests

Michael Hesketh and Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Phenological patterns of tropical dry forest along latitudinal and successional gradients in the Neotropics

Martha Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Mauricio Quesada, Mariana Alvarez-Anorve, Luis Avila-Cabadilla, Silvana Martén-Rodríguez, Julio Calvo-Alvarado, Mario Marcos Espiritu-Santo, Geraldo W. Fernandes, G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, María de Jesús Aguilar-Aguilar, Francisco Balvino-Olvera, Diego Brandão, José Miguel Contreras-Sánchez, Joselândio Correa-Santos, Jacob Cristobal-Perez, Paola Fernandez, Branco Hilje, Claudia Jacobi, Flávia Pezzini, Fernando Rosas, Victor Rosas-Guerrero, Gumersindo Sánchez-Montoya, Roberto Sayago, Arely Vázquez-Ramirez

Plant functional trait variation in tropical dry forests: A review and synthesis

Catherine M. Hulshof, Angelina Martínez-Yrízar, Alberto Burquez, Brad Boyle, and Brian J. Enquist

Nutrient Cycling in Tropical Dry Forests.

Maria Gabriela Gei and Jennifer S. Powers

Edge Influence on canopy openness and understory microclimate in two neotropical dry forest fragments.

Carlos Portillo-Quintero; G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa; Mario Marcos Espirito Santo

Fruit-eating bats and birds of three seasonal tropical dry forests in the Americas.

Jafet M. Nassar, Kathryn E. Stoner, Luis D. Avila-Cabadilla, Mario M. Espirito-Santo, Carla I. Aranguren, José A. González-Carcacía, Juan Manuel Lobato-García, Lemuel Leite Olivio, Mariana Yolotl Alvarez-Añorve, Hugo N. de Matos Brandão, Luiz A. Dolabela Falcão, Jon Paul Rodríguez

Spatio-temporal dynamics of insects in a Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest.

Frederico de S. Neves, Jhonathan O. Silva, Tatianne Marques, João Gabriel Mota Souza, Bruno Madeira, Mário M. Espírito-Santo and G. Wilson Fernandes

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: essential belowground organisms in tropical dry environments.

Ricardo L.L. Berbara, Bruno T. Goto, Khadija Jobim, Fernanda Covacevish, Henrique Manoel Fonseca

An evaluation of Rainfall interception in secondary TDFs

César D. Jiménez-Rodríguez,Julio C. Calvo-Alvarado

Linkages between ecosystem structure, composition and leaf area index along a tropical dry forest chronosequence in Mexico

Yingduan Huang, G Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Benoit Rivard, Mauricio Quesada

Seed Germination Of Arboreal-Shrub Species With Different Dispersal Mechanisms In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest

Giovana Rodrigues da Luz; Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes

Inter-specific and inter-annual variation in foliar phenological patterns in a successional mosaic of a dry forest in the Central Llanos of Venezuela

Soraya del Carmen Villalobos, José A. González-Carcacía, Jon Paul Rodríguez and Jafet M. Nassar

Floristic, Structural And Functional Group Variations In Tree Assemblages In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest: Effects Of Successional Stage And Soil Properties

Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes, Giovana Rodrigues da Luz, Saimo Rebleth de Souza, Diellen Librelon da Silva, Maria das Dores Magalhães Veloso, Mário Marcos do Espírito Santo, Rubens Manoel dos Santos

Tree diameter growth of three successional stages of tropical dry forests, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Costa Rica

Dorian Carvajal Vanegas, Julio César Calvo-Alvarado

CO enrichment effects in the spectral signature of lianas and tree species from tropical dry forests

Yumi Oki, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Carlos Portillo, Payri Yamarte Loreto, G. Wilson Fernandes

Tropical dry forests in Latin America: analyzing history of land use and present socio-ecological struggles

Alicia Castillo, Mauricio Quesada, Francisco Rodriguez, Felisa Anaya, Claudia Galicia, Francisco Monge, Romulo Barbosa, Andrea Zhouri, Julio Calvo-Alvarado, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

Conflicts Between Conservation Units And Traditional Communities In A Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest

Felisa C. Anaya, Rômulo S. Barbosa and Andréa Zhouri

Predicting Policy Impact on Tropical Dry Forests

Alexander Pfaff, Juan Robalino

Traditional ecological knowledge of rural communities in areas of seasonally dry tropical forest in Serra do Cipó, Brazil

Emmanuel Duarte Almada, Marcel Serra Coelho, André Vieira Quitino, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa

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