The acclaimed guide to the ecology and natural history of the American tropics—now fully updated and expanded
The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region's ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification.
The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function—everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region's astonishing plant and animal life.
Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip.
- Covers all of tropical America
- Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors
- Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes
- Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals
John Kricher is professor of biology at Wheaton College. His many books include Tropical Ecology, The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth, and Galápagos: A Natural History (all Princeton).
"The New Neotropical Companion describes, explains, and provides insight into the unique ecosystems of the Neotropics. . . . Written by an ornithologist who is also a birder and who embraces the world from an ecological viewpoint that sees birds as part of larger systems of evolution, succession, and mutualism, The New Neotropical Companion is the textbook-that-is-not-a-textbook you always wanted to read, though you may not know it yet. . . . [The New Neotropical Companion] will prepare you to walk through the rainforest and observe Neotropical birds. You may even begin to feel a sense of belonging in this very different world."--10,000 Birds blog
"The New Neotropical Companion is a sweeping account of tropical ecology, covering not only rain forests but also cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. If you plan to travel or have already taken a trip to South America, Central America, or the Caribbean, you will learn a lot in these pages. . . . Who could ask for a more knowledgeable companion than this book."--Bird Watching Magazine
Praise for A Neotropical Companion: "John Kricher's Neotropical Companion is an incredible accretion of facts, figures and anecdotes. Kricher outlines the region's ecology, pharmacology, evolutionary theory, anthropology, climatology, ornithology and conservation, with lots of personal stories to bring it all to life."--Simon Garrett, Times Literary Supplement
Praise for A Neotropical Companion: "The book is exactly what it says it is, a companion to take with you on your travels in the New World tropics."--Journal of Natural History
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Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by John Kricher: