John H. Vandermeer Ph.D., is a Margaret Davis Collegiate Professor in the
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor. His work has been in tropical agroecosystem ecology, tropical forest
ecology, and theoretical ecology. He is the author of over 150 scientific articles and
Professor Vandermeer was born in 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BS
in zoology from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and his masters in
zoology from the University of Kansas.
First among the threats to forest biodiversity identified by BirdLife
International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) is hunting,
because of the value and rarity of the game, followed by firewood and other non-
timber forest product (NTFP) collection, timber cutting, forest fires (including
human-made as part of scrap metal collection) and clearance of forest land for
agriculture (Le Trong Trai et al. 2001). But the threats are usually specific to each
site, and detailed information is needed for each location, as we did in Khe Tran.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1980 edition. Excerpt: ...( Dodson and Gentry, 1978; Gentry, 1978). More than 50 new species of higher plants have been described during the past few years from the Rio Palenque station (1.7 km2), one of the few remaining areas of tropical moist forest in western Ecuador. The study of this forest should be pushed on as vigorously as possible.