Botany and Ecology of Monocotyledons in the Venezuelan Paramos
Three ULA professors have published a book on biodiversity “Botany and Ecology of Monocotyledons in the Venezuelan Paramos”, editors are professors Gilberto Morillo (School of Forest Sciences), Benito Briceño (Botany Dept., School of Sciences) and Juan F. Silva (ICAE, School of Sciences).
The book describes the diversity of monocotyledon plant species in the Venezuelan paramos and their ecotones, gathering for the first time ever an enormous amount of scattered information and providing new botanical and ecological data. It depicts 22 families, 141 genera and almost 600 species, profusely illustrated with drawings and photos. The first volume includes two introduction chapters, one on the ecosystem of the Paramo and the other one on Monocotyledons, followed by six chapters devoted to one family each. The second volume is composed of 16 chapters which describe the remaining families and three additional sections: a general literature list, a glossary of botanical and ecological terms as well as a general index of families, genera and species.
For each species the authors have included: botanical description, world and national distribution (including all paramo sites), altitudinal ranges, ecology, phenology, anatomy and ethnobotany. When necessary, the current taxonomic status is discussed and the different perspective of experts and herbariums helps readers to understand such dynamic issues. The book makes it possible to quickly find the descriptions and illustrations, complementarily keys to the families and genera as well as a extensive literature are included. The editors and authors of the book are experts with many years’ experience in research on the plants and ecology of the paramos.
Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes
The tropical Andes are probably richer in biodiversity than any comparable area on Earth: the interactions between the species that make up the diverse and wonderful array of ecosystems in the area must therefore be even more complex than they are elsewhere. The area's species are suffering from a devastating onslaught that is related to human population growth and its consequences, a major one of which, the subject of this impressive volume, is climate change. Changes in average temperature will be accompanied by large fluctuations and long-lasting changes in the distribution and amount of precipitation and the elevation of clouds in the region. This book presents the first ever synthesis of the biogeographical patterns as well as the first comprehensive assessment of how climate change is expected to affect tropical Andean biodiversity. The consequences of these factors for conservation planning and adaptation strategies are both timely and of fundamental importance. All those cocerned about the biodiversity of the region and its future will find that this book contains a rich storehouse of material of great interest for them.
Manual of Methods: Human, Ecological and Biophysical Dimensions of Tropical Dry Forests - developed by the IAI Collaborative Research Network for the study of Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas, Editors: Jafet M. Nassar, Jon Paul Rodríguez, Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Theresa Garvin, Mauricio Quesada.
Atlas of the Patagonian Sea
Atlas web page: www.atlas-marpatagonico.org
Applying Ecological Knowledge to Landuse Decisions
Urbanization, Global Environmental Change, and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Communicating Global Change Science to Society: An Assessment and Case Studies
Publication list of the scientific projects
CRN II Program (Collaborative Research Network, Round II)
» CRN2005 - From landscape to ecosystem: across-scales functioning in changing environments
» CRN2014 - AMFOODS: Functional links between aboveground changes and belowground activity with land use in the Americas: soil biodiversity and food security
» CRN2015 - DIVERSUS: Functional biodiversity effects on ecosystem processes, ecosystem services and sustainability in the Americas: an interdisciplinary approach
» CRN2017 - SAEMC: South American emissions, megacities and climate
» CRN2021 - TROPI-DRY: Human, ecological and biophysical dimensions of tropical dry forest
» CRN2031 - Land use change in the Rio de la Plata Basin: linking biophysical and human factors to understand trends, assess impacts, and support viable strategies for the future
» CRN2048 - Tropical cyclones: current characteristics and potential changes under a warmer climate
» CRN2050 - Paleotempestology of the caribbean region: A multi-proxy, multi-site study of the spatial and temporal variability of Caribbean hurricane activity
» CRN2060 - Effective adaptation strategies and risk reduction towards economic and climatic shocks: lessons from the coffee crisis in Mesoamerica
» CRN2076 - SACC: An international consortium for the study of oceanic related global and climate changes in South America
» CRN2094 - The impact of land cover and land use changes (LCLUC) on the hydroclimate of the La Plata Basin
ISP I (Initial Science Program, Round I)
ISP II (Initial Science Program, Round II)
ISP III (Initial Science Program, Round III)
(SOURCE: IAI Annual Report 1999-2000) » Published Publications. Click here to see the list.
Initial Science Program Books
» "New Perspectives on Nitrogen Cycling in the Temperate and Tropical Americas". Report of the International SCOPE Nitrogen Project. Click here to purchase this book. (ISP I-3)
» "The Nitrogen Cycle at Regional to Global Scales". Click here to purchase this book. (ISP I-3)
» "Clean Coastal Waters: Understanding and Reducing the Effects of Nutrient Pollution" (2000).
» Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources (CGER)". Click here to read this book on-line. (ISP I-3)
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