Freshwater Ecology: A Scientific Introduction

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Freshwater ecosystems are under increasing pressure as humanpopulations grow and the need for clean water intensifies. Thedemand for ecologists and environmental managers who are trained inbasic freshwater ecology has never been greater. Students andpractitioners new to the field of freshwater ecology and managementneed a text that provides them with an accessible introduction tothe key questions while still providing sufficient background onbasic scientific methods.

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.
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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 thestructure and dynamics of food webs in streams and lakes.

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

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John Wiley & Sons
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Apr 1, 2009
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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
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Key features:

contributions from a diverse, highly qualified team of aquaticecologists whose expertise
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sections covering groundwaters, biodiversity, temporary andtropical waters, climate
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numerous Australian case-studies and guest ‘text-boxes’showing management in practice
concise descriptions of ecological processes and conceptual modelsillustrated with
original, high- quality diagrams and photographs 
Readable and logically structured, this text supports undergraduateand postgraduate courses in aquatic ecology and management. It is avaluable reference for consultants, restoration ecologists, waterresource managers,
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