The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, fifth edition is packed with scientific information about the greater Everglades ecosystem, taking into account how drastically the Everglades has changed. The book covers disciplines ranging from ecology, geology, climatology, hydrology, simplified biogeochemistry, and anthropology to conservation biology.
The fifth edition of this bestselling guide presents expanded treatment of subjects where our knowledge of the Everglades and its restoration has greatly improved as well as updates throughout. This more detailed coverage includes a new chapter ‘Everglades Chemistry – A Primer’ and an expanded section on the role of human intervention in Everglades restoration, as well as numerous new graphics that bring the science to life.
Written in Tom Lodge’s trademark accessible style combined with the expertise of new coauthor Stephen E. Davis III, Chief Science Officer with the Everglades Foundation, this extensively researched text is essential reading for anybody trying to understand the challenges we face in restoring this unique ecosystem.
Authors and Contributors
Section I Background
1. An Ecosystem Overview—What Is (or Are?) the Everglades?
2. The Everglades in Space and Time
Section II Environments of the Everglades Region
3. Freshwater Marshes: Water. Weather. and Fire
4. Tree Islands
5. Tropical Hardwood Hammocks
7. The Big Cypress Swamp
8. Mangrove Swamps
9. Coastal Lowlands: Influences of Fresh and Salt Water, Rising Seas…and Hurricanes!
10. Coastal Marine Waters in the Everglades Flow Path
11. Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Headwaters
12. Peripheral Ecosystems of the Everglades
Section III The Flora and Fauna of Southern Florida
13. Origins of the Flora and Fauna
IV Synthesis: Processes and Models of the Everglades Region
20. Everglades Chemistry – A Primer
21. Ecological Relationships, Processes, and Models for the Everglades
V Humans and the Everglades
22. Native Americans and the Everglades
23. Modern Alterations of the Everglades and their Environmental Impacts
24. Everglades Restoration: Solving Deterioration
Thomas E Lodge, PhD, is a self-employed ecologist. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he has a B.A. with major and departmental honours in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University (1966) and a PhD in biology from the University of Miami (1974). Nurturing his childhood interest in aquatic biology, he worked part-time for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History during high school and college (1959-1966). There, he became an expert on the fishes of northern Ohio, reorganizing and contributing to the museum's preserved fish collection and teaching in its summer educational programs. In graduate school, Dr Lodge became fascinated with the Everglades, both academically and personally. In addition to publishing magazine articles on the Everglades, he wrote and directed an educational film (The Everglades Region: An Ecological Study, John Wiley and Sons, 1973), and published on the fishes of the region. After earning his PhD, he became an environmental consultant, specializing in wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. He has led numerous environmental projects directly relating to the Everglades, including the development of a methodology for evaluating the ecological functions and values of Everglades wetlands to provide compensation for wetland impacts. From 2001 to 2008 he served on the Board of Directors of the Tropical Audubon Society and from 1999 to 2004 was appointed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Multi-Species Ecosystem Restoration Team," which dealt with restoration strategies for listed species in Everglades restoration. From 1998 to 2000, he accepted an Invited Faculty position to teach South Florida Ecology at Florida International University, where The Everglades Handbook was used as a course text. Now mostly retired and living in Asheville, North Carolina, he still does some consulting, recently working to protect the Grassy Waters Preserve, part of the historic Loxahatchee Slough. His professional interest in the Everglades is mirrored in his personal interests. For more than 50 years he has been a regular observer and photographer of Everglades wildlife, his ultimate relaxation.
Stephen E. Davis III, PhD, is a Chief Science Officer of The Everglades Foundation. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Dr Davis moved to Miami in 1995 to begin his PhD study at Florida International University (FIU) with research focused on the coastal Everglades. Funded by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), his research was focused on how increased freshwater flows through the mangrove ecotone of lower Taylor Slough would influence exchanges of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus with Florida Bay. Upon completing his PhD in 1999 and following a brief post-doctoral position, he moved to College Station, Texas in 2001 to become an Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology at Texas A&M University. In addition to research projects focused on freshwater flow benefits to Texas estuaries and coastal wetlands, Dr Davis maintained an active Everglades research program while at Texas A&M, including a long-standing collaboration with the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program based at FIU. Shortly after receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, Dr Davis returned to Miami in 2009 to work for The Everglades Foundation, officially resigning from Texas A&M in 2011. Over the past 13 years with The Everglades Foundation, Dr Davis has been a staff scientist, Communications Director, Vice President of Communications & Engagement, and now, Chief Science Officer. He oversees a team of scientists focused on advancing Everglades restoration and guides science efforts focused on system-wide hydrologic and ecological modelling, water quality compliance, operations, and restoration project planning. He has more than two decades of multi-PI collaborative research experience and over a decade of communications and facilitation experience. He appears regularly in the media related to Everglades issues, he has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed science publications, holds a Courtesy Associate Professor appointment at FIU, serves on the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education's Dean's Advisory Board, and is a Coordinating Editor for the scientific journal Restoration Ecology.
Reviews from the fourth edition:
"This fourth edition covers the key subjects of previous editions with major updates of the new science and understanding. If there ever was a necessary book for Everglades advocates, students, authors, members of government and their agencies, The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem is an absolute must!"
– Nathaniel P. Reed, from the Foreword
"This book is far and away the best guide now in print to Everglades issues – authoritative, well-illustrated, well-indexed, and readable."
– Martha Musgrove, retired Miami Herald journalist, founding President of the Decision Makers Forum, and Southeast Regional Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation
Review from the third edition:
"Given the astonishing breadth and depth of scientific activities in the Everglades, Tom Lodge once again illustrates his savvy as an articulate science writer in condensing the complex dynamics of this remarkable ecosystem. [...] In summary, the Handbook reviews a vast literature into a compelling read about the natural treasures of the Everglades."
– Evelyn E. Gaiser, Executive Director, School of Environment, Arts and Society, and Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, modified from Wetlands (2011) 31