Ecology and Management of Inland Waters: A Californian Perspective with Global Applications presents the geologic history and physical characteristics of aquatic ecology. The author draws on his research from the inland waters of California and applies this to other areas, including Mediterranean climate systems, the tropics, and even South Africa. The endorheic basins covered in this text can be found in 30% of the US, including the Aral Sea, which is a fascinating case study that provides an important warning for other locations. The author also covers Zebra Mussels, which are set to soon be a permanent population in California.
The book is authored by an expert in the field who covers a very wide and interdisciplinary subject area which brings a holistic view to this complex discipline.
- Focuses on examples from California, which is not currently covered in most limnology books, but with an outlook to other locations
- Examines complex patterns of human and natural development, allowing the reader to appreciate how aquatic systems in the Anthropocene experience a new "regime" that does not rely on vague and outdated versions of ecological theory
- Presents a geological history, including fossil records, of California which allows the reader to appreciate how inland waters formed
1. Humans and Water 2. Ecological Principles and Concepts 3. Water Supplies 4. Clean Water 5. Biogeochemistry and Global Change 6. Biodiversity: Conservation and Invasive Species 7. Community Dynamics, Food webs, and Ecosystem Processes 8. Restoring Aquatic Systems 9. Political and Watershed Boundaries 10. Concluding Remarks
Marc Los Huertos holds the Stephen M. Pauley Chair for Environmental Analysis and coordinates the Environmental Analysis Program for Pomona College. A biogeochemist interested in soil, water and air nitrogen cycling, he has an active research program in which he works with students to evaluate agricultural practices on greenhouse gas emissions from organic and conventional farms and to evaluate habitat quality in streams and rivers. Through his research activities, he trains several students each year with skills in soil and water nitrogen biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology and bioassessment. Los Huertos teaches a wide range of classes at Pomona, including Ecology of Inland Waters; Environmental Science and Statistics; and Food, Land, and the Environment. He also works with farmers in several regions to develop techniques to reduce negative impacts of farming on soil, air and water quality.