389 pages, 179 colour photos & illustrations, 85 b/w illustrations, 32 tables
Wetlands are prominent landscapes throughout North America. The general characteristics of wetlands are controversial, thus there has not been a systematic assessment of different types of wetlands in different parts of North America, or a compendium of the threats to their conservation. Wetland Habitats of North America adopts a geographic and habitat approach, in which experts familiar with wetlands from across North America provide analyses and synthesis of their particular region of study. Addressing a broad audience of students, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and policy makers, this book reviews recent, scientifically rigorous literature directly relevant to understanding, managing, protecting, and restoring wetland ecosystems of North America.
"Wetland Habitats of North America is essential reading for everyone who studies, manages, or visits North American wetlands. It fills an important void in the wetland literature, providing accessible and succinct descriptions of all of the continent's major wetland types."
- Arnold van der Valk, Iowa State University
"Batzer and Baldwin have compiled the most comprehensive compendium of North American wetland habitats and their ecology that is presently available – a must for wetland scientists and managers."
- Irving A. Mendelssohn, Louisiana State University
"If you want to gain a broad understanding of the ecology of North America's diverse wetlands, Wetland Habitats of North America is the book for you. Darold Batzer and Andrew Baldwin have assembled an impressive group of regional wetland scientists who have produced a virtual encyclopedia to the continent's wetlands. Reading the book is like a road trip across the Americas with guided tours of major wetland types by local experts. Your first stop will be to coastal wetlands with eight chapters covering tidal wetlands along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. Then you'll travel inland where you can visit any or all of 18 types ranging from bottomland swamps of the Southeast to pothole marshes of the Northern Prairies to montane wetlands of the Rockies to tropical swamps of Central America and desert springs wetlands. All in one book – I'm impressed! Every wetlander should add this book to her or his swampland library."
- Ralph Tiner, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
1. Wetland Habitats Of North America: An Introduction
I. Coastal Wetlands
2. North Atlantic Coastal Tidal Wetlands
3. Coastal Wetlands Of Chesapeake Bay
4. South Atlantic Tidal Wetlands
5. Mississippi River Delta Wetlands
6. Wetlands Of The Northern Gulf Coast
7. Neotropical Coastal Wetlands
8. Pacific Coast Tidal Wetlands
II. Inland Wetlands
9. Northern Peatlands
10. Northeastern Seasonal Woodland Pools
11. Northern Red Maple And Black Ash Swamps
12. Beaver Wetlands
13. Great Lakes Coastal Marshes
14. Pocosins: Evergreen Shrub Bogs Of The Southeast
15. Southeastern Depressional Wetlands
16. Southeastern Swamp Complexes
17. The Florida Everglades
18. Floodplain Wetlands Of The Southeastern Coastal Plain
19. Tropical Freshwater Swamps And Marshes
20. Northern Great Plains Wetlands
21. High Plains Playas
22. Western Mountain Wetlands
23. Desert Spring Wetlands Of The Great Basin
24. Riparian Floodplain Wetlands Of The Arid And Semiarid Southwest
25. Wetlands Of The Central Valley Of California And Klamath Basin
26. Freshwater Arctic Tundra Wetlands
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Darold Batzer is Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He is the co-editor of Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America. Andrew Baldwin is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. He is the President of the Society of Wetland Scientists.