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Freshwater Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessmentby Robin A. Abell
Synopses & Reviews
North America's freshwater habitats and the extraordinary biodiversity they contain are facing unprecedented threats from a range of sources, including flow alteration, habitat fragmentation, introduced species, and overall land use changes. With nearly every freshwater system suffering from some degree of degradation and conservation resources limited, there is an urgent and practical need to set priorities.<P>World Wildlife Fund-U.S. assembled a team of leading scientists to conduct a conservation assessment of freshwater ecoregions as an initial step in identifying the areas where protective and restorative measures should be implemented first. Freshwater Ecoregions of North America presents that assessment and outlines measures that must be taken to conserve, and in many cases restore, native biodiversity.<P>The book identifies freshwater ecoregions that support globally outstanding biological diversity, assesses the types and immediacy of threats to North American ecoregions, identifies gaps in information that hamper an accurate evaluation of biodiversity, and provides a broad-scale framework for conservation activities. In addition, it features full-color maps and appendixes that provide detailed descriptions of methodologies, raw scores and statistical analysis of results, and an integrated biological distinctiveness and conservation status index.<P>The authors are affiliated with the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund.
Book News Annotation:
Affiliates of the Conservation Science Program of the World Wildlife Fund survey the continent's freshwater habitats and the biodiversity they contain, and assess the conservation status and potential for each, outlining measures that must be taken to conserve or in some cases restore the native biodiversity. In addition they include 16 essays on special topics such as cryptic fishes in the southeastern US, freshwater mussels, subterranean freshwater biodiversity in northeastern Mexico and Texas, Canadian freshwater biodiversity, and reoperation and decommissioning hydropower dams as an opportunity for river rehabilitation. The glossary does not indicate pronunciation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-304) and index.
About the Author
Robin A. Abell is affiliated with the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund.
David M. Olson is affiliated with the Conservation Science Program of World Wildlife Fund.
Table of Contents
Diversity, levels of imperilment, and cryptic fishes in the southeastern United States / N.M. Burkhead and H.L. Jelks — The Mississippi River basin: its megafauna and hydrological modifications / B.M. Burr and J.B. Ladonski — Preserving North America's unique crayfish fauna / C.A. Taylor — Freshwater mussels: a complicated resource to conserve / G.T. Watters — Subterranean freshwater biodiversity in northeastern Mexico and Texas / D.A. Hendrickson and J. Krejca — Connecting the land to the sea: anadromous fish / P.B. Moyle — Western springs: their faunas and threats to their existence / W.L. Minckley and P.J. Unmack — California vernal pools / B. Vlamis — Prairie potholes in decline / M.H. Stolt — Invasive nonindigenous species: a major threat to freshwater biodiversity / J.D. Williams and G.K. Meffe — Categorizing imperiled and vulnerable species / L.L. Master — Canadian freshwater biodiversity / D. McAllister — The valley fo Cuatro Ciâenegas, Coahuila: its biota and its future / S. Contreras-Balderas — North America's freshwater invertebrates: a research priority / D.L. Strayer — Conservation of aquatic karst biotas: shedding light on troubled waters / S.J. Walsh — Reoperation and decommissioning of hydropower dams: an opportunity for river rehabilitation / A. Fahlund.
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