Avian Frugivory And Seed Dispersal In Eastern North America
Published 1986 · Geography
There was a time when avian ecology was overwhelmingly centered in the temperate zone, to the sorry neglect of the ecology of birds in the tropics. But in the matter of plant-animal (particularly bird) interactions, the situation seems to be reversed, and most of the existing work has been done with tropical systems. In fact, there is a cohort of ecologists who have been heard to claim that the ecology of plant-animal interactions in the temperate zone is downright uninteresting, because temperate regions have lower overall species diversity, lesser degrees of “specialization,” fewer species interactions of any importance to population dynamics, and so on. I suspect that a closer look at temperate zone interactions between plants and animals indeed will show some differences from tropical systems, though perhaps not entirely the kinds of differences so often assumed. Nevertheless, I fully expect that the calumnious claim of the narrow tropicists eventually will be refuted resoundingly.