The Reviews "Forest Canopies makes the beginning of canopy biology as a recognized field of intellectual endeavor... The book is coherent, well integrated, and eminently readable to a wide audience. Any scientist dealing with forests, whether as a forester, ecologist, biologist, conservationist, or other, will find this book essential to his/her library. It will be the primer for many years to come for graduate students newly entering this fascinating field. Nowhere else can an overview of this important, but previously neglected part of the forest, be obtained... In summary, this is an important, timely, authoritative, readable, and well-produced book." --FOREST SCIENCE "Forest Canopies succeeds in presenting a synthesis of several diverse aspects of the function of tropical forests... The enthusiasm expressed in many of the chapters was contagious and the contributions are, as a whole, well written, referenced, and illustrated... There is an excitement reading about these explorations tens of meters above the forest floor in the tropics and this volume will provide a solid reference and foundation for those wishing to initiate inquiries in this unexplored habitat." --ECOLOGY
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.