Gerry Closs, Barbara Downes and Andrew Boulton have written atext that meets the requirements of these students. Following anintroduction to scientific methodology and its application to thestudy of ecology, several key concepts in freshwater ecology arereviewed using a wide range of scientific studies into fundamentaland applied ecological questions. Key ecological questions that areexplored in a freshwater context include the role of animaldispersal and predators on freshwater community structure and theimpact of pollutants and introduced species on freshwaterecosystems.
This book represents the only freshwater ecology textbook thatis specifically aimed at an introductory level. It will also be auseful primer for students who have not previously taken aspecialized freshwater course but who require an accessibleoverview of the subject.
General reviews on the methods of science, influence of scale,and the main features of freshwater systems.
Coverage of several fundamental and applied ecologicalquestions.
A logical structure in each chapter that builds from a generalobservation of an ecological pattern, to an exploration of thevarious scientific approaches that can be used to investigate suchpatterns.
Suggested further reading lists for each chapter.