Tropical forests are critically important as habitats for tens of millions of species of plants, animals, and microbes.  Tropical forest ecosystems also provide critically important enviornmental services to people, regulating climate and elemental cycles at regional and global scales. I am just one of the many scientists who are interested in the ecological mechanisms that have lead to evolution and coexistence of biological diversity in the tropics.

The purpose of this site is to document research activities and findings of my colleagues and myself so that they can contribute better to the collective body knowledge on tropical forest ecosystems and how forests respond to human impacts. Perhaps, basic research itself does not directly help conserve tropical forests. But, I sincerely hope that science can inform us about “wise” and “unwise” options as people try to balance short-term and long-term wellfare of the planet and its people.  

© Kaoru Kitajima 2016