Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr., is a biologist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and has resided on Barro Colorado Island in Panama as the staff scientist since 1972. Christian Ziegler is a celebrated nature photographer whose work focuses on ecologically oriented themes.
A truly fine piece of work, one that should be on the reading list of all students and practitioners of evolutionary biology. -Geerat J. Vermeij, author of The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Shells to Civilization Nature Strange and Beautiful is an exceptionally comprehensive and clear portrait of the origin and functioning of ecological communities, founded on Egbert Leigh's career in tropical biology. The photographs by Christian Ziegler and other detailed drawings add to the book's richness and appeal. -Douglas Futuyma, Stony Brook University