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A concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of standing waters (lakes and ponds). As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in The Biology of Lakes and Ponds is on the organisms that dominate freshwater environments. Management and conservation aspects are also considered. The first edition of the book published in 1998 with a second, revised edition in 2005. There has been significant development in the field since the last revision appeared, particularly in the ecology of lakes and ponds in subtropical and tropical areas, and a new revision of this now classic text is timely.
2: The abiotic frame and adaptations to cope with abiotic constraints
3: The organisms: the actors within the abiotic frame
4: Biotics: competition, herbivory, predation, parasitism, and symbiosis
5: Food web interactions in freshwater ecosystems
6: Biodiversity and environmental threats
Christer Brönmark completed his undergraduate studies as well as his PhD thesis at Lund University. After defending his PhD in 1985 he did a postdoc at Ohio State University, Columbus and then returned to Lund University where he now has a position as Professor of Aquatic Ecology. His research interest deals with the predation in freshwater systems at different organisational levels, from effects on individual behaviour and inducible defence adaptations to indirect interactions in food webs at the community level. At present, he is working with the causes and consequences of partial migration in freshwater fish and proximate mechanisms behind the expression of inducible defences. He regularly teaches courses on population and community ecology, aquatic ecology, and limnology.
Lars-Anders Hansson's PhD thesis dealt with competitive interactions among primary producers and was defended in 1989. Thereafter he spent some years as a post-doc focussing on aquatic food web interactions and on habitat shifts by algae and zooplankton from sediment to water. Most of his studies have been carried out in Europe, but he has also worked in the USA, as well as in polar regions, such as Siberia, Alaska, Canada, and Antarctica. Specifically, he has studied how zooplankton utilises their morphological and behavioural plasticity to handle simultaneous multiple threats and has used nanotechnology to track the behaviour of individual animals. Although his main interest has been within curiosity driven, research, he also has an interest in more applied issues, such as the possibility of restoring aquatic ecosystems, how to handle effects from climate change, and how novel environmental threats, such as the immense use of nanosized particles, may affect aquatic ecosystems.
Reviews of previous edition:
"[...] Bronmark and Hansson have produced an excellent text on the ecology of lakes and ponds for undergraduates [...] This book is clearly and concisely written and would be very useful as a reference for graduate students and instructors as well"
"It does an excellent job at introducing a remarkably wide array of limnological concepts for such a small book. It is very readable and its style will inspire many undergraduate students."
– Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin
"[...] this edition keeps the book as the foremost introductory text to the subject."
– Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 37:1