Considering the ecology of bivalves from an ecosystem view, this book explores the potential use of bivalves as indicators and monitors of ecosystem health and describes experiments from the perspective of computer simulations, mesocosm studies, and field manipulation experiments. The second edition discusses major new developments, including phase shifts in many coastal and estuarine ecosystems dominated by suspension-feeding bivalves, the invasion or introduction of alien bivalve species, the rapid growth of environmental restoration focused on bivalves, and the examination of past geological time with regard to global climate change and its impact on bivalve dominated systems.
Praise for the First Edition "This is a well-produced book and Richard Dame has adequately reviewed marine bivalve ecology research!. I recommend the book as essential reading to anyone with a keen research interest in the ecology of marine bivalves. --D. J. Wildish, Limnology and Oceanography "The uniqueness of this volume bears on the systems ecology approach to marine bivalves!. In short, the Ecology of Marine Bivalves is a relatively brief overview of a very broad topic!. It will be a useful addition to marine ecologists and especially to ecosystem and system ecologists." --Josef Daniel Ackerman, Ecology
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