The primary role of this book is to introduce the reader to, and hopefully stimulate interest in, the ecology of temporary aquatic habi tats. The book assumes that the reader will have, already, some gen eral knowledge of ecology but this is not essential. Temporary waters exhibit amplitudes in both physical and chemical parameters which are much greater than those found in most waterbodies. The organisms that live in these types of habitats have, therefore, to be very well adapted to these conditions if they are to survive. Survival depends largely on exceptional physiological tolerance or effective immigration and emigration abilities. Examples of such adaptations are given throughout the book and it is hoped that these will aid the reader in gaining an insight into the structure and function of plant and animal communities of these unusual habi tats. The final chapter suggests field and laboratory projects that should be useful to students in school and university studies.
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D. Dudley Williams is Professor of Zoology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Honorary Professor at the University of Wales, Bangor. He obtained his B.Sc. in Marine Zoology from the University of Wales from where he was later awarded a D.Sc. He gained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Freshwater Ecology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research lab focuses on trying to understand the ecological processes that control the distribution, formation, structure and dynamics of freshwater communities, especially the invertebrate components. He has published over 150 research papers, including 4 books and 9 book chapters. Invertebrate animals also have dominated his teaching interests and, at the University of Toronto, have resulted in courses on Invertebrate Zoology, Biodiversity and Biogeography, Entomology, Marine Biology, and River Ecology. He has taught at universities in the U.K., Sweden, and the West Indies.Review:
...an unusual topic but one that will certainly prove to be thought-provoking... a mass of material not easily available -- Richard E. Schultes, Botanical Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts. in RHODORA (1988)
...describes some of the temporary waterbodies found in the world... This book fills a gap in the literature... -- The Biologist, 1988, Rosalind M. Pontin
There aren't any other books on the biota of temporary bodies of water, this one presents a decent introduction... -- Michael Berrill, Trent University, Ontario, Canada in The Quarterly Review of Biology (1988) 63 (4): p. 473.
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