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Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science

Handbook / Manual

Series: Ecological Methods and Concepts

Edited By: Robert Michener and Kate Lajtha

566 pages, Illus


Paperback | Sep 2007 | Edition: 2 | #160891 | ISBN-13: 9781405126809
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This book highlights new and emerging uses of stable isotope analysis in a variety of ecological disciplines. While the use of natural abundance isotopes in ecological research is now relatively standard, new techniques and ways of interpreting patterns are developing rapidly.

The second edition of this book provides a thorough, up-to-date examination of these methods of research. As part of the "Ecological Methods and Concepts" series which provides the latest information on experimental techniques in ecology, this book looks at a wide range of techniques that use natural abundance isotopes to: follow whole ecosystem element cycling; understand processes of soil organic matter formation; follow the movement of water in whole watersheds; understand the effects of pollution in both terrestrial and aquatic environments; study extreme systems such as hydrothermal vents; and follow migrating organisms. In each case, the book explains the background to the methodology, looks at the underlying principles and assumptions, and outlines the potential limitations and pitfalls.

"Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science" is an ideal resource for both ecologists who are new to isotopic analysis, and more experienced isotope ecologists interested in innovative techniques and pioneering new uses.


Sources Of Variation In The Stable Isotopic Composition Of Plants Nitrogen Isotope Studies In Forest Ecosystems Pollution Studies Using Stable Isotopes Tracing The Diets Of Fossil Animals Using Stable Isotopes CO2, CO And CH4 In The Atmosphere: Abundance And Isotopic Composition The Use Of Stable Isotopes For The Study Of Gaseous Nitrogen Species In Marine Environments Stable Isotope Ratios As Tracers In Marine Aquatic Food Webs Stable Isotopes In The Study Of Marine Chemosynthetic-Based Ecosystems Physiology Of Isotope Fractionation In Algae And Cyanobacteria The Use Of Stable Carbon Isotopes To Study Microbial Processes In Estuaries Compound Specific Approaches Using Stable Isotopes

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Robert Michener is the Laboratory Manager of the Boston University Stable Isotope Laboratory and has been running the internationally recognized facility for 18 years. His research interests include aquatic ecology, food web systems, and how stable isotopes can be applied to tracing pollutants, comparing pristine and impacted systems. Kate Lajtha is a Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University and the Editor-in-Chief of Biogeochemistry. She is a terrestrial biogeochemist who studies soil organic matter stabilization and soil solution chemistry.

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