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Costa Rican Ecosystems

Maarten Kappelle


The first book to deal in an integrated manner the full range of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems that occur in Costa Rica, Costa Rican Ecosystems provides an overview of Costa Rica’s main ecosystems by compiling information about their physical settings, biogeography, species diversity, and much more. Rather than follow a technical or clinical approach with a hierarchical categorization of ecosystems, Costa Rica’s dense ecology is explored in a “journey-wise” sequence that provides familiarity and understanding of the country’s full, varied range of intergrading seascapes and la ... More

Keywords: Costa Rica, ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, research

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226121505
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maarten Kappelle, editor
United Nations Environment Programme

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Part I Introduction

Part II The Physical Environment

Chapter 4 Soils of Costa Rica: An Agroecological Approach

Alfredo Alvarado1,* and Rafael Mata1

Part III The Pacific Ocean and Isla del Coco

Part IV The Northern Pacific Dry Lowlands

Chapter 9 The Northern Pacific Lowland Seasonal Dry Forests of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula

Quírico Jiménez M.,1 Eduardo Carrillo J.,2 and Maarten Kappelle3,4,*

Part V The Central and Southern Pacific Seasonally Moist Lowlands and Central Valley

Chapter 12 The Southern Pacific Lowland Evergreen Moist Forest of the Osa Region

Lawrence E. Gilbert1,*, Catherine A. Christen2, Mariana Altrichter3, John T. Longino4, Peter M. Sherman3, Rob Plowes1, Monica B. Swartz1, Kirk O. Winemiller5, Jennifer A. Weghorst6, Andres Vega7, Pamela Phillips8, Christopher Vaughan9, and Maarten Kappelle10,11

Part VI The Moist and Clouded Highlands

Chapter 13 The Montane Cloud Forests of the Volcanic Cordilleras

Robert O. Lawton1,*, Marcy F. Lawton2, R. Michael Lawton3, and James D. Daniels4

Chapter 15 The Páramo Ecosystem of Costa Rica’s Highlands

Maarten Kappelle1,2,* and Sally P. Horn2

Part VII The Wet Caribbean Lowlands

Chapter 16 The Caribbean Lowland Evergreen Moist and Wet Forests

Deedra McClearn1,*, J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora2, Enrique Castro3, Ronald C. Coleman4, Javier F. Espeleta5, Carlos García-Robledo6, Alex Gilman3, José González3, Armond T. Joyce7, Erin Kuprewicz8, John T. Longino9, Nicole L. Michel10, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez11, Andrea Romero12, Carlomagno Soto3, Orlando Vargas3, Amanda Wendt13, Steven Whitfield14, Robert M. Timm15

Part VIII The Caribbean Sea and Shore

Part IX The Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands

Chapter 18 Rivers of Costa Rica

Catherine M. Pringle1,*, Elizabeth P. Anderson2, Marcelo Ardón3, Rebecca J. Bixby4, Scott Connelly1, John H. Duff5, Alan P. Jackman6, Pia Paaby7, Alonso Ramírez8, Gaston E. Small9, Marcia N. Snyder1, Carissa N. Ganong1 and Frank J. Triska5

Chapter 19 Lakes of Costa Rica

Sally P. Horn1,* and Kurt A. Haberyan2

Part X Conclusion