570 pages, illustrations, tables
A fifth edition is in preparation.
The fourth edition of this established textbook continues to provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to rivers, lakes and wetlands and is written as a basis for an entire course on freshwater ecology. Designed for undergraduate and early postgraduate students who wish to gain an overall view of this vast subject area, this accessible guide to freshwater ecosystems and man's activities will also be invaluable to anyone interested in the integrated management of freshwaters. The author maintains the tradition of clarity and conciseness set by previous editions, and the text is extensively illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Examples are drawn from the author's experience.
Review from previous edition:
"[This book] is excellent for broadening the understanding of readers with some prior knowledge."
– Choice, January 2011
Chapter 1. The world as it was and the world as it is
Chapter 2. Early evolution and diversity of freshwater organisms
Chapter 3. Diversity continued: Multicellular organisms in freshwaters
Chapter 4. Water: a remarkable unremarkable substance
Chapter 5. Water as a habitat: some background water chemistry
Chapter 6. Key nutrients, trace elements and organic matter
Chapter 7. Light thrown upon the waters
Chapter 8. Headwater streams and rivers
Chapter 9. Uses, misuses and restoration of headwater streams and rivers
Chapter 10. Rich systems: floodplain rivers
Chapter 11. Floodplains and human affairs
Chapter 12. Lakes and other standing waters
Chapter 13. The communities of shallow standing waters: mires, shallow lakes and the littoral zone
Chapter 14. Plankton communities of the pelagic zone
Chapter 15. The profundal zone and carbon storage
Chapter 16. Fisheries in standing waters
Chapter 17. The uses, abuses and restoration of standing waters
Chapter 18. Climate change and the future of freshwaters
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Brian Moss has researched or taught freshwater ecology on six continents over nearly fifty years, specialising in lake restoration, eutrophication and climate change. He retired recently as Holbrook Gaskell Professor of Botany at the University of Liverpool, but remains very active in freshwater affairs.