forest canopies

How to Cite

Lowman, M. (1995). LINKING SYSTEMATICS AND ECOLOGY TO PROMOTE CONSERVATION. Selbyana, 16(2), 125–126. Retrieved from


Of particular priority to studies of forest canopies are the disciplines of systematics and ecology. Forest canopies are renouned as world centers of biodiversity, with a wealth of insects, epiphytes, epiphylly, vines, birds, mammals and host plants interacting in this above-ground ecosystem (reviewed in Lowman and Nadkarni 1995). The species of these complex communities interact via photosynthesis, nutrient cycling, microclimate adaptation, phenology, herbivory, predation, pollination, and a host of other physical and biological mechanisms. The questons of what organisms live in forest canopies (an issue relating to systematics) and how they interact in this environment (a topic of ecology) are integral to our understanding and future management of this global component.


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