Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands

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9780520247772: Ecology of Freshwater and Estuarine Wetlands

Designed as a textbook, this volume is an important, up-to-date, authoritative, and accessible survey in ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Prominent wetland scholars address the physical environment, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, soils, and hydrology of both freshwater and estuarine wetlands. Careful syntheses review how hydrology and chemistry constrain wetlands plants and animals. In addition, contributors document the strategies employed by plants, animals, and bacteria to cope with stress. Focusing on the ecology of key organisms, each chapter is relevant to wetland regulation and assessment, wetland restoration, how flood pulses control the ecology of most wetland complexes, and how human regulation of flood pulses threatens wetland biotic integrity. Ideal for the classroom, this book is a fundamental resource for anyone interested in the current state of our wetlands.

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"An exciting new wetlands book with an international flavor that provides a synthesis of basic and applied research. Written by experts in the field the volume focuses on ecosystem processes, plant and animal ecology and wetland restoration."—Curtis J. Richardson, Director of the Duke University Wetland Center.

"An excellent interdisciplinary team provides a fresh synthesis that has continuity among chapters, is refreshingly honest and cautionary, and is responsive to societal pressures and opportunities. A road forward from society's dismal swamp of past behaviors and missed opportunities."—R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University

"There's everything here from biogeography, climate change, wetland soils and hydrology to descriptions of wetland types and their biota viruses, bacteria, all the way up to the charismatic megafauna and megaflora, to chapters on wetland regulation and policy, restoration, and biodiversity."—Stephen Threlkeld, University of Mississippi

About the Author:

Darold Batzer is Professor of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He is the coeditor of Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America and Bioassessment and Management of North American Freshwater Wetlands and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wetlands. Rebecca Sharitz is Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia and Senior Ecologist at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. She is the coeditor of Freshwater Wetlands and Wildlife.

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