Freshwater Ecology. A Scientific Introduction

  • ID: 2176409
  • Book
  • 236 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book represents the only freshwater ecology textbook that is specifically aimed at an introductory level. It will also be a useful primer for students who have not previously taken a specialized freshwater course but who require an accessible overview of the subject.


General reviews on the methods of science, influence of scale, and the main features of freshwater systems.
Coverage of several fundamental and applied ecological questions.
A logical structure in each chapter that builds from a general observation of an ecological pattern, to an exploration of the various scientific approaches that can be used to investigate such patterns.
Suggested further reading lists for each chapter.
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Part I: The Tools Of Freshwater Ecological Science.

1. What Is Ecological Science?.

2. How Does Scale Of Measurement Affect What We See?.

3. Wonderful Water: Linkages From The Atom To The Biosphere.

4. What s In A Lake?.

5. What s In Rivers And Streams?.

Part II: Fundamental Ecological Questions.

6. How Are Population Numbers And Structure Affected By Dispersal?.

7. Why Do Organisms Occupy Particular Habitats?.

8. How Do Freshwater Communities Recover From Disturbance?.

9. What Is The Impact Of Predators In Freshwater Systems?.

Part III: Applied Freshwater Ecology.

10. What Are The Ecological Effects Of Changing A Water Regime?.

11. How Do We Assess The Impact Of Pollution?.

12. Can We Fix Smelly, Green Lakes?.

13. What Is The Impact Of Introduced Species?.

Concluding Remarks.


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"...Freshwater Ecology is a readable and well though out introductory text suitable for a non–major course in freshwater ecology...It clearly fills a void in the array of freshwater ecology texts and will undoubtedly be well received by students as a primary introduction to the fascinating world of freshwater ecological research."

"At first blush, this is a refreshingly new book about basic freshwater ecology. It is clearly written, thoughtfully well organized, and covers virtually all the topics I would want introduced to a budding freshwater biologist...I enjoyed reading this book and I think it should be required reading for every college senior and every new graduate student in the aquatic arena."
Journal of the North American Benthological Society

"This book is an important contribution to the literature and can be strongly recommended to anyone starting out on a study of freshwater biology."
African Journal of Aquatic Science

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