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Freshwater Ecology: A Scientific Introduction


By: Gerry Closs, Andrew Boulton and Barbara Downes

221 pages, Illus, figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2003 | #119322 | ISBN: 063205266X
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Student textbook introducing the key concepts in freshwater ecology, covering scientific methods and processes and addressing key ecological questions. Also contains illustrations from a number of international case histories.

...Freshwater Ecology is a readable and well though out introductory text suitable for a non-major course in freshwater ecology...It clearly fills a void in the array of freshwater ecology texts and will undoubtedly be well received by students as a primary introduction to the fascinating world of freshwater ecological research. Hydrobiologia "At first blush, this is a refreshingly new book about basic freshwater ecology. It is clearly written, thoughtfully well organized, and covers virtually all the topics I would want introduced to a budding freshwater biologist...I enjoyed reading this book and I think it should be required reading for every college senior and every new graduate student in the aquatic arena." Journal of the North American Benthological Society "This book is an important contribution to the literature and can be strongly recommended to anyone starting out on a study of freshwater biology." African Journal of Aquatic Science


Preface.Part I: The Tools Of Freshwater Ecological Science.1. What Is Ecological Science?2. How Does Scale Of Measurement Affect What We See?3. Wonderful Water: Linkages From The Atom To The Biosphere.4. What's In A Lake?5. What's In Rivers And Streams?Part II: Fundamental Ecological Questions.6. How Are Population Numbers And Structure Affected By Dispersal?7. Why Do Organisms Occupy Particular Habitats?8. How Do Freshwater Communities Recover From Disturbance?9. What Is The Impact Of Predators In Freshwater Systems?Part III: Applied Freshwater Ecology.10. What Are The Ecological Effects Of Changing A Water Regime?11. How Do We Assess The Impact Of Pollution?12. Can We Fix Smelly, Green Lakes?13. What Is The Impact Of Introduced Species?Concluding Remarks.Index.

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Gerry Closs is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. His research interests include ecology of freshwater fish and the structure and dynamics of food webs in streams and lakes. Barbara Downes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne with research experience in both freshwater and marine environments. She conducts research on questions in basic ecology as well as examining the effects of human impacts on the environment. Andrew Boulton is an Associate Professor in Aquatic Ecology at the University of New England. His research interests lie in river ecology and management, temporary waters, surface water/groundwater interactions, and tertiary science

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