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Garwood: New book of BCI seedlings

July 06, 2009

Garwood: New book of BCI seedlings

Nancy C. Garwood, for many years a visiting scientist and research associate at STRI, published the book Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island and the Neotropics (2009) with illustrations by Margaret Tebbs

Nancy C. Garwood, adjunct professor of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale—for many years a visiting scientist and research associate at STRI, published the book Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island and the Neotropics (2009) with illustrations by Margaret Tebbs and a foreword by former STRI staff scientist Robin B. Foster. The book was published by Cornell University Press in association with the Natural History Museum, London.

In Foster’s words, “Few field guides exist to the plants of the American tropics. Guides to the juvenile stages of plants are rare for any part of the world. A guide to identification of tropical seedlings, from trees to herbs, is something to be treasured. Nancy Garwood's lifelong devotion to the study of the ecology and taxonomy of seedlings, combined with Margaret Tebbs's superb illustrations, has given us this first comprehensive guide to juvenile plants in the American tropics.”

Seedlings are the future of forest communities. Knowledge of seedling ecology is essential for understanding the local abundance, distribution, and dynamics of individual species and plant populations, for deciphering the mechanisms responsible for the high species diversity in tropical forests, and for developing sound management and conservation plans for tropical forests. In this monumental work of botany, Nancy C. Garwood provides the first comprehensive guide to seedlings in the American tropics, using Barro Colorado Island in Panama as an emblematic locale. More than two decades in the making, this guide is the essential work on Neotropical seedlings.

According to Garwood, “The first and most obvious goal of Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island and the Neotropics is to enable people to identity seedlings growing in tropical forests on and around... BCI. I hope it will be a worthy companion to Thomas B. Croat´s outstanding Flora of Barro Colorado Island (1978) and stimulate further ecological research on BCI.” Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island and the Neotropics sells for $99.95 at Cornell University Press; 512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850; 607-277-2338 (phone) 607-277-2374 (fax).

Amazon.com is selling some books for $79.86. You may read some pages of the book at Amazon.com. The STRI bookstore will also sell the book.

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