Designed as a textbook, this volume is an important, up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible survey in ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Prominent wetland scholars address the physical environment, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, soils, and hydrology of both freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Careful syntheses review how hydrology and chemistry constrain wetlands plants and animals. In addition, contributors document the strategies employed by plants, animals, and bacteria to cope with stress. Focusing on the ecology of key organisms, each chapter is relevant to wetland regulation and assessment, wetland restoration, how flood pulses control the ecology of most wetland complexes, and how human regulation of flood pulses threatens wetland biotic integrity.
Ideal for the classroom, this book is a fundamental resource for anyone interested in the current state of our wetlands.
The editors are to be highly commended for ... the straightforward and honest writing style that continually weaves its way throughout this text.--Ecology "Provides a comprehensive introduction to the great ecological breadth and complexity that wetlands exhibit ranging from microbial process to biogeography and global climate."--Wetlands A comprehensive and timely introduction to wetlands ecology, including well written chapters on wetland formation processes... An excellent textbook for classes focusing on wetlands."--Botanical Rsrch Inst. of Txs (Jbrit)
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Darold P. Batzer is Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He is the coeditor of several volumes, including Wetland Habitats of North America (UC Press), Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands (UC Press), Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America and Biomonitoring and Management of North American Freshwater Wetlands. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands, the scholarly journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists, and has taught courses in Wetland Ecology and Aquatic Ecology.
Rebecca Sharitz is Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia and coeditor of two books for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and has taught courses in Wetlands Ecology.