Summary: 262 Volume 80THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY
ceeds in accurately portraying these remarkable
and poorly understood ecosystems, the people
associated with them, and the threats they now
Steven E Smith, School of Natural Resources, Uni-
versity of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Tropical Forest Diversity and Dynamism:
Findings from a Large-Scale Plot Network.
Based on a symposium held at the Smithsonian Institu-
tion, Washington, DC, August 1998.
Edited by Elizabeth C Losos and Egbert G Leigh, Jr.
Chicago (Illinois): University of Chicago Press. $95.00
(hardcover); $38.00 (paper). xiii 645 p; ill.;
index. ISBN: 0-226-49345-8 (hc); 0-226-49346-6
The editors, members of the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute, have compiled an encyclopedic
inventory of results from 15 forest dynamics plots
established to understand why tropical forests are