Freshwater Ecology: A Scientific Introduction

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Freshwater ecosystems are under increasing pressure as human populations grow and the need for clean water intensifies. The demand for ecologists and environmental managers who are trained in basic freshwater ecology has never been greater. Students and practitioners new to the field of freshwater ecology and management need a text that provides them with an accessible introduction to the key questions while still providing sufficient background on basic scientific methods.


Gerry Closs, Barbara Downes and Andrew Boulton have written a text that meets the requirements of these students. Following an introduction to scientific methodology and its application to the study of ecology, several key concepts in freshwater ecology are reviewed using a wide range of scientific studies into fundamental and applied ecological questions. Key ecological questions that are explored in a freshwater context include the role of animal dispersal and predators on freshwater community structure and the impact of pollutants and introduced species on freshwater ecosystems.


This book represents the only freshwater ecology textbook that is specifically aimed at an introductory level. It will also be a useful primer for students who have not previously taken a specialized freshwater course but who require an accessible overview 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 ecological questions.
  • A logical structure in each chapter that builds from a general observation of an ecological pattern, to an exploration of the various scientific approaches that can be used to investigate such patterns.
  • Suggested further reading lists for each chapter.
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About the author

Gerry Closs is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. His research interests include ecology of freshwater fish and the structure and dynamics of food webs in streams and lakes.

Barbara Downes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne with research experience in both freshwater and marine environments. She conducts research on questions in basic ecology as well as examining the effects of human impacts on the environment. Andrew Boulton is an Associate Professor in Aquatic Ecology at the University of New England. His research interests lie in river ecology and management, temporary waters, surface water/groundwater interactions, and tertiary science

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Apr 1, 2009
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781444311136
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Life Sciences / Ecology
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
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Andrew Boulton
As pressures on Australia’s inland waters intensify from population growth, expanding resource development and climate change, there is an urgent need to manage and protect these special areas. Understanding their ecology underpins their wise management and conservation.

Australian Freshwater Ecology vividly describes the physical, chemical and biological features of wetlands, lakes, streams, rivers and groundwaters in Australia.  It presents the principles of aquatic ecology linked to practical management and conservation, and explains the causes, mechanisms, effects and management of serious environmental problems such as altered water regimes, eutrophication, salinization, acidification and
sedimentation of inland waters.

Key features:

contributions from a diverse, highly qualified team of aquatic ecologists whose expertise
spans the ecology and management of standing and running waters in Australia
sections covering groundwaters, biodiversity, temporary and tropical waters, climate
change, invasive species and freshwater conservation
numerous Australian case-studies and guest ‘text-boxes’ showing management in practice
concise descriptions of ecological processes and conceptual models illustrated with
original, high- quality diagrams and photographs 
Readable and logically structured, this text supports undergraduate and postgraduate courses in aquatic ecology and management. It is a valuable reference for consultants, restoration ecologists, water resource managers,
science teachers, and other professionals with an interest in the ecology of surface and groundwaters.
Andrew Boulton
As pressures on Australia’s inland waters intensify from population growth, expanding resource development and climate change, there is an urgent need to manage and protect these special areas. Understanding their ecology underpins their wise management and conservation.

Australian Freshwater Ecology vividly describes the physical, chemical and biological features of wetlands, lakes, streams, rivers and groundwaters in Australia.  It presents the principles of aquatic ecology linked to practical management and conservation, and explains the causes, mechanisms, effects and management of serious environmental problems such as altered water regimes, eutrophication, salinization, acidification and
sedimentation of inland waters.

Key features:

contributions from a diverse, highly qualified team of aquatic ecologists whose expertise
spans the ecology and management of standing and running waters in Australia
sections covering groundwaters, biodiversity, temporary and tropical waters, climate
change, invasive species and freshwater conservation
numerous Australian case-studies and guest ‘text-boxes’ showing management in practice
concise descriptions of ecological processes and conceptual models illustrated with
original, high- quality diagrams and photographs 
Readable and logically structured, this text supports undergraduate and postgraduate courses in aquatic ecology and management. It is a valuable reference for consultants, restoration ecologists, water resource managers,
science teachers, and other professionals with an interest in the ecology of surface and groundwaters.
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