Richly illustrated and packed with numerous examples, this unique global perspective introduces wetland ecology from basic principles to advanced applications. Thoroughly revised and reorganised, this new edition of this prize-winning textbook begins with underlying causal factors, before moving on to more advanced concepts that add depth and context. Each chapter begins with an explanation of the basic principles covered, illustrated with clear examples. More difficult concepts and exceptions are introduced only once the general principle is well-established.
Key principles are now discussed at the beginning of Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation, and in order of relative importance, enabling students to understand the most important material without wading through complex theory. New chapters on wetland restoration and wetland services draw upon practical examples from around the world, providing a global context, and a new chapter on research will be particularly relevant to the advanced student planning their own studies.
"[...] an essential read for industry and local authority mineral planners, consultants and all involved in site restoration"
- Mineral Planning
"[...] it should be on the shelf of anyone working with wetland plant communities."
- Arnold van der Valk, Trends in Ecology & Evolution
"Examples used are world-wide and there are many graphs, figures and data tables, so that all topics are well illustrated and authoritative [...] a satisfying, and worthwhile book"
"[...] it will generate healthy argument among students, scientists and conservationists. The liberal use of figures and an excellent bibliography will provide the advanced undergraduate or researcher with a good starting point for further work."
- Edward Maltby, The Times Higher Education Supplement
"I highly recommend it to all interested in wetlands and their conservation, and to those who manage and design wetlands."
- Mary Allessio Leck, Journal of Vegetation Science
"[...] this book can be recommended to the wetland scientists [...] and to planners and managers concerned with wetland areas."
- I. G. Simmons, International Journal of Environmental Studies
"[...] an excellent reference [...] this is a classical ecology text dedicated to wetlands, and it is written in a familiar, conversational manner. The text is clear and easy to follow with relatively little jargon, which allows the information to be accessible to non-ecologists, as well as the general public."
- Paul D. Brooks, EOS
Part I. Properties of Wetlands
1. Wetlands: an overview
Part II. Factors Controlling Properties of Wetlands
Part III. The Path Forward
10. Wetland restoration: assembly rules in the service of conservation
11. A functional approach
12. Wetland conservation, management and research
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Paul A. Keddy, the first holder of the Schlieder Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, has conducted wetland research as a professor of ecology for 35 years. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers on plant ecology and wetlands, as well as serving organizations such as NSF, NSERC, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. His first edition of Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation won the Society of Wetland Scientists' Merit Award.