Rationality: Understanding the origin, evolution, and maintenance of tropical biodiversity, and the ecosystems they constitute, continue to be a big challenge for tropical biology. Furthermore, anthropogenic effects on tropical ecosystems, and the human dimensions (social, cultural, and economical) that act as drivers of such effects, add an enormous complexity to the urgent task of conserving, restoring, and coexisting with tropical ecosystems, their services and resources. Based on the mission, objectives and principles of ATBC, the meeting in Morelia will pursue key research topics previously recognized by Bawa et al (2004, Biotropica 36: 437-446) in "Beyond Paradise" and will attempt to help link tropical biology with human dimensions. The meeting will cover a wide array of basic and applied research topics on tropical biology and conservation, including: origin, evolution, and maintenance of tropical biodiversity (TD); structure, dynamics and functioning of tropical ecosystems (TEs); anthropogenic effects on TD and TEs; and socio-cultural-economical drivers of such effects. The meeting will review and promote the current vision of ATBC.
Open registration: October 1, 2006.
Close registration: April 15, 2007.
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