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Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology

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Series: Aquatic Ecology (Academic Press)

By: Walter K Dodds(Author), Matt R Whiles(Author)

966 pages, photos, illustrations, maps, tables

Academic Press

Paperback | Oct 2018 | Edition: 3 | #241396 | ISBN-13: 9780128132555
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About this book

Freshwater Ecology, Third Edition, is a textbook covering everything from the basic chemical and physical properties of water to the advanced unifying concepts of the community ecology and ecosystem relationships as found in continental waters. Giving students a solid foundation for both courses and future fieldwork, updated to include key issues like balancing ecological and human health needs, GMOs, molecular tools, fracking a host of other environmental issues.

Reviews of previous editions:

"The integration of environmental applications with discussion of basic science will make this text especially interesting to students and useful to managers of freshwater resources [...] Well referenced."
Northeastern Naturalist (2004)

"This undergraduate textbook, another of the Aquatic Ecology series, will no doubt be used by a number of programs and would be a valuable reference for the professional."
Fisheries (June 2002)

"I am of the opinion that the book will be used for a long time, because of its usefulness as a text in courses where most students have an applied interest in aquatic systems. The content covers the entire field well."
– Dale Toetz, Oklahoma State University (November 2001)

"There is a lot to like about this book. It is written in a style that makes for easy reading and comprehension. [...] I especially liked the many sidebars highlighting information on a wide range of topics."
– Leonard A. Smock for Journal of the North American Benthological Society (January 2003)

"I will definitely be using this text in my courses. Freshwater Ecology by Walter Dodds is the text we have been waiting for. [...] Overall, I found the figures, tables, and conceptual diagrams to be very clear, concise, and easy to interpret. I also appreciated that the end of each chapter included both a summary of major points as well as questions for thought. I find these to be excellent study tools to use before exams."
– Jennifer Tank, University of Notre Dame (October 2001)

"This is an important book that fills a void that has existed in freshwater ecology for some time now. I certainly plan on using it myself, both in the classroom and as a reference. The material in this book is presented in a manner that will appeal to a variety of experience levels, and the concepts are supported with interesting and very timely examples. I found this book very easy to read, and I have already incorporated some of the examples and methods [...] "
– Matt Whiles, Southern Illinois University (October 2001)


1. Why study continental aquatic systems?
2. Properties of water
3. Movement of light, heat and chemicals in water
4. Hydrologic cycle and physiography of groundwater habitats
5. Hydrology and physiography of wetland habitats
6. Physiography of flowing water
7. Lakes and reservoirs: physiography
8. Types of Aquatic Organisms
9. Microbes and plants
10. Multicellular animals
11. Evolution of organisms and biodiversity of freshwaters measures of diversity
12. Aquatic chemistry and factors controlling nutrient cycling: Redox and O2
13. Carbon
14. Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus and other nutrients
15. Unusual or extreme habitats
16. Response to stress, toxic chemicals and other pollutants in aquatic ecosystems
17. Nutrient use and remineralization
18. Trophic state and eutrophication
19. Behavior and interactions among microorganisms and invertebrates
20. Predation and food webs
21. Nonpredatory interspecific interactions among plants
22. Complex community interactions
23. Fish ecology and fisheries
24. Freshwater ecosystems
25. Conclusions

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Walter. K. Dodds received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1986 from the University of Oregon. From 1987 to 1990 he was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Montana State University. In 1990 he accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, in 1995 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2002 to full Professor. Over the years, Dodds has taught Limnology, Advanced Aquatic Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Principles of Biology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Problems, Origins of Life, Herbivory, Presentations in Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Stream Ecology, Algal Identification, Algal Ecology, Bacteriology and Freshwater Biology. He has professional memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Society of Microbiology, the North American Benthological Society, the Phycological Society of America and Sigma Xi. Dodds has grants from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He has been involved in the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and provides leadership for the Konza LTER Aquatic and Hydrological Group and the Konza LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Dodds recent research has focused on Aquatic Ecology on Konza Prairie, Nitrogen Uptake Retention and Cycling in Stream Ecosystems, Quality and Quantity of Suspended Solids in Kansas Rivers, and Nutrients and Algae in Streams. Dodds has been invited to present seminars at over 20 US agencies and universities, as well as agencies and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences and has produced over 80 peer reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and 3 professional reports.

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