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I am deeply indebted to many people for making this work possible: Dr. Mark McKone, for introducing me to the world of tropical ecology; Dr. Robin Chazdon, for supporting me as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut; Reinaldo Aguilar, for his unflagging support and enthusiasm and abundant knowledge; Drs. Brad Boyle and Robbin Moran, for sharing their wealth of tropical field identification techniques on the OTS 04-9 course (and especially to Robbin for the illustration workshop, without which this would not have been possible); also to Nelson Zamora, J. Francisco Morales, José González, Orlando Vargas, and Ricardo Kriebel for help with plant identification. Special thanks to Carlos García-Robledo for help with the Spanish translation. Finally, to the staff of La Selva Biological Station and to the students and scientists who were my companions during the summer of 2004 while I prepared the first edition, and 2005 while I prepared this version.

This guide is dedicated to Alwyn H. Gentry, in memoriam. Though we never met before he died, I feel that I have come to know him through his work and the memories of his colleagues. His legacy informs all that I do as a tropical ecologist.


Quiero agradecer a muchas personas, cuya ayuda y conocimiento hizo posible el proceso de escribir este guía: el Dr. Mark McKone, que me presentó al mundo de la ecología tropical; la Dra. Robin Chazdon, que me mantiene como estudiante en la Universidad de Connecticut; Reinaldo Aguilar, por su conocimiento abundante y ayuda amable; los Drs. Brad Boyle y Robbin Moran, por compartir su gran conocimiento de cómo identificar las plantas en el curso OTS 04-9 (y especialmente a Robbin por su clase de dibujar; sin eso, este guía no fuera posible); también a Nelson Zamora, J. Francisco Morales, José González, Orlando Vargas, y Ricardo Kriebel por ayuda con la identificación de plantas. Agradecimientos especiales a Carlos García-Robledo por su ayuda con la traducción. Al fin, a los empleados de la Estación Biológica La Selva y los estudiantes e investigadores que fueron mis compañeros durante agosto 2004, mientras preparaba la primera edición, y junio a diciembre 2005 mientras escribía esta edición.

Dedico esta guía a Alwyn H. Gentry, en memoria. Aunque no nos conocemos antes de su muerte, siento una conexión consigo a través de su trabajo y las memorias de sus colegas. Su legado es una inspiración y ejemplo para todo mi trabajo en la ecología tropical.


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