Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest


Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest


The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has captured the worldwide attention of biologists, conservationists, and ecologists and has been the setting for extensive investigation over the past 40 years. Roughly 40,000 ecotourists visit the Cloud Forest each year, and it is often considered the archetypal high-altitude rain forest. Featuring synthetic chapters and specific accounts written by more than 100 biologists and local residents, the 573-page book documents in a single volume everything known about the biological diversity of Monteverde, Costa Rica, and how to protect it.



ISBN-13 978-0-19-509560-9

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Oxford University Press


New York, Oxford

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Monteverde, Costa Rica, cloud forest, ecology, conservation, tropics, Quakers, ecotourism, Santa Elena, climate change, biodiversity


Biodiversity | Botany | Earth Sciences | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Entomology | Environmental Sciences | Forest Biology | Latin American Studies | Life Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Nature and Society Relations | Plant Biology | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Systems Biology


The text of the book has been split into two sections for online reading:

  1. The main body of the book, and
  2. Appendixes, References and Index.

New short chapters which update and expand the research presented in the 2000 Oxford publication were written in 2014 and are now available on Bowdoin’s Scholar’s Bookshelf:

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