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Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests (Hardcover)

Michael S. Foster

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Hardcover. This is the largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 416 pages. 1.020. Bookseller Inventory # 9780520278868

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Title: Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests (...

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

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The largest seaweed, giant kelp (Macrocystis) is the fastest growing and most prolific of all plants found on earth. Growing from the seafloor and extending along the ocean surface in lush canopies, giant kelp provides an extensive vertical habitat in a largely two-dimensional seascape. It is the foundation for one of the most species-rich, productive, and widely distributed ecological communities in the world.

Schiel and Foster’s scholarly review and synthesis take the reader from Darwin’s early observations to contemporary research, providing a historical perspective for the modern understanding of giant kelp evolution, biogeography, biology, and physiology.

The authors furnish a comprehensive discussion of kelp species and forest ecology worldwide, with considerations of human uses and abuses, management and conservation, and the current and likely future impacts of global change.

This volume promises to be the definitive treatise and reference on giant kelp and its forests for many years, and it will appeal to marine scientists and others who want a better appreciation and understanding of these wondrous forests of the sea.

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The Biology and Ecology of Giant Kelp Forests will be the seminal work on kelp forest ecosystems. It greatly updates the authors’ earlier synthesis on the topic, not only bringing their work up to date but also providing a fresh look at how kelp forests ‘work’ in different parts of the world.” ―John Pearse, Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

“The broad and deep treatment of the subject makes this book an important contribution to kelp forest ecology and marine ecology in general. This book will have a lasting impact as a desk reference and textbook for students, researchers, and coastal managers.”
―Michael Graham, Professor, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and coeditor of the Journal of Phycology

“The authors' scholarship is evident in their thorough review of over 800 publications, which provides the most up-to-date insights into the biology, ecology, and human use of giant kelp forests. There is simply nothing else like it.”
―Dan Reed, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara


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