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.
Barbara Downes is a Senior Lecturer at the University ofMelbourne with research experience in both freshwater and marineenvironments. She conducts research on questions in basic ecologyas well as examining the effects of human impacts on theenvironment. Andrew Boulton is an Associate Professor inAquatic Ecology at the University of New England. His researchinterests lie in river ecology and management, temporary waters,surface water/groundwater interactions, and tertiary science
Australian Freshwater Ecology vividly describes thephysical, chemical and biological features of wetlands, lakes,streams, rivers and groundwaters in Australia. It presentsthe principles of aquatic ecology linked to practical managementand conservation, and explains the causes, mechanisms, effects andmanagement of serious environmental problems such as altered waterregimes, eutrophication, salinization, acidification and
sedimentation of inland waters.
Key features:contributions from a diverse, highly qualified team of aquaticecologists whose expertise
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